Generating real-time trajectories for a planar biped robot crossing a wide ditch with landing uncertainties

Janardhanan, V. and Prasanth Kumar, R. (2018) Generating real-time trajectories for a planar biped robot crossing a wide ditch with landing uncertainties. Robotica. pp. 1-32. ISSN 0263-5747 (In Press)

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Ditch crossing is one of the essential capabilities required for a biped robot in disaster management and search and rescue operations. Present work focuses on crossing a wide ditch with landing uncertainties by an under-actuated planar biped robot with five degrees of freedom. We consider a ditch as wide for a robot when the ankle to ankle stretch required to cross it is at least equal to the leg length of the robot. Since locomotion in uncertain environments requires real-time planning, in this paper, we present a new approach for generating real-time joint trajectories using control constraints not explicitly dependent on time, considering impact, dynamic balance, and friction. As part of the approach, we introduce a novel concept called the point of feasibility for bringing the biped robot to complete rest at the end of ditch crossing. We present a study on the influence of initial posture on landing impact and net energy consumption. Through simulations, we found the best initial postures to efficiently cross a wide ditch of width 1.05 m, with less impact and without singularities. Finally, we demonstrate the advantage of the proposed approach to cross a wide ditch when the surface friction is not same on both sides of the ditch.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biped robot, Control constraints, Ditch crossing, Landing uncertainty, Real-time solution, Wide ditch
Subjects: Others > Mechanics
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 11:40
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