This paper analyzes the impact a planar robotic tail can have on the yaw-angle maneuvering of a quadruped robot. Tail structures ranging from a one degree-of-freedom (1DOF) pendulum to a 6DOF serpentine robot are simulated, along with a quadruped model that accounts for ground contact friction. Tail trajectory generation using split-cycle frequency modulation is used to improve net quadruped rotation due to the tail's motion. Numerical results from the tail and quadruped models analyze the impact of trajectory factors and tail structure on the net quadruped rotation. Results emphasize the importance of both tangential and centripetal tail loading for tail trajectory planning and show the benefit of a multi-DOF tail.
Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of a Yaw-Angle Quadruped Maneuvering With a Planar Robotic Tail
Contributed by the Dynamic Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS, MEASUREMENT, AND CONTROL. Manuscript received September 22, 2015; final manuscript received March 7, 2016; published online May 25, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Jongeun Choi.
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Rone, W., and Ben-Tzvi, P. (May 25, 2016). "Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of a Yaw-Angle Quadruped Maneuvering With a Planar Robotic Tail." ASME. J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control. August 2016; 138(8): 084502. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4033103
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