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Development of a ballistic walking biped

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Title Development of a ballistic walking biped
Period 1997 - 06 / 2004
Status Completed
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1260528

Abstract

The design of a biped which makes use of the natural frequencies of the moving components, and thus has a minimal energy expenditure. The biped will have a modular structure, i.e. components can be easily replaced. The purpose is to enable designers of components for prostheses and orthoses and members of rehabilitation themes:
- to get more insight in normal and pathological walking, and
- to test prototypes of walking aids in a laboratory situation before trying on patients.
Furthermore, it is expected that a robot as proposed will also be an attractive feature in an amusement park. In this stage of the project the aim is a biped with stiff knees and ankles. Addition of knee and ankle joints will be realised in a second stage.

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D14240 Manufacturing technology, mechanical technology, robotics
D21100 Bioinformatics, biomathematics

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