Energy-efficient robotic leg design using redundantly actuated parallel mechanism
This paper proposes a novel multi-articular leg system for biped robot. The structure and actuation scheme of the mechanism are inspired by redundantly-actuated manipulators, of which actuators span over multiple joints like bi-articular muscles. The proposed mechanism for robotic leg contributes to improved capacity in end-effector force exertion, which allows less performance requirements in individual actuators. For the purpose of evaluation, we provide the static torque-force transmission analysis, as well as walking simulation results conducted in the dynamic simulator. The results indicate that the proposed mechanism can benefit from the improved output force capacity.