Efficient foot-force distribution algorithm for quadruped walking robots

Debao Zhou, K. H. Low, Teresa Zielinska

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One of the important issues of walking machine active force control is a successful distribution of the body force to the feet to prevent leg slippage. In this paper, a new force distribution method, the Friction Constraint Method (FriCoM), is introduced. The force distribution during the walking of a typical quadruped crawl gait is analyzed by using the FriCoM. Computation results show that the distributed forces of the feet are continuous during the walking. This reflects the change of the force distribution during actual conditions. The comparison with a pseudo-inverse method shows that the FriCoM is more practical. The FriCom also requires less computation time than that by an incremental optimization method. Some problems, such as the singularity in the application of the FriCom, are discussed. The FriCoM will be used in the active force control of a quadruped robot that is taken as a platform for the research on the study of terrain adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2000


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