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Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
Volume 2015, Article ID 479615, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/479615
Research Article

Dynamic Imbalance Analysis and Stability Control of Galloping Gait for a Passive Quadruped Robot

1The State Key Laboratory of Mechanical System and Vibration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
2College of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 200030, China

Received 1 March 2015; Revised 30 May 2015; Accepted 30 May 2015

Academic Editor: Fabio Esposito

Copyright © 2015 Chunlei Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Some imbalance and balance postures of a passive quadruped robot with a simplified mathematical model are studied. Through analyzing the influence of the touchdown angle of the rear leg on the posture of the trunk during the flight phase, the stability criterion is concluded: the closer are the two moments which are the zero time of the pitching angle and the peak time of the center of mass, the better is the stability of the trunk posture during the flight phase. Additionally, the validity of the stability criterion is verified for the cat, greyhound, lion, racehorse, basset hound, and giraffe. Furthermore, the stability criterion is also applicable when the center of the mass of body is shifted. Based on the stability criterion, the necessary and sufficient condition of the galloping stability for the quadruped robot is proposed to attain a controlled thrust. The control strategy is designed by an optimization dichotomy algorithm for seeking the zero point of the balance condition. Through the control results, it is demonstrated that the imbalance posture of the trunk could be stabilized by adjusting the stiffness of four legs.