Modelling, control and design of a clutched parallel elastically actuated articulated robotic leg through virtual tunable damping


ASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2020, Virtual, Online, 16 - 19 November 2020, vol.7A-2020 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 7A-2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1115/imece2020-24665
  • City: Virtual, Online
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). All rights reserved.In this study, design, modelling and control of a clutched parallel elastically actuated articulated leg is presented. Clutch mechanism is introduced to disengage the parallel elastic element when it is not needed. Some of the design principles concerning the ease of manufacturing and assembly are underlined. While the system has two joints at hip and knee that can be actuated, for simplicity, restrained motion of the system in vertical direction is considered only with hip actuation. Controller is based on a template model and the desired motion is obtained by equating (embedding) dynamics of the physical system (anchor) to the template model. Spring loaded inverted pendulum (SLIP) model including a virtual viscous damper is chosen as the template. Controller decides on the virtual damping constant in the template to reach desired apex positions. A wrapping cam mechanism is introduced to equate the potential energy function of the parallel spring to the desired linear spring of SLIP model. To complete embedding, necessary torque is calculated by equating the virtual works of the inputs. Overall, simulation of the hopping system and the important aspects of design are presented.