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Tail use in bioinspired quadrupedal locomotion

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dc.contributor.advisor Sangbae Kim. en_US Briggs, Randall (Randall Miller) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2012-10-26T19:01:30Z 2012-10-26T19:01:30Z 2012 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 17-18). en_US
dc.description.abstract Tails are seen in nature to be used in an amazing number of different applications. Many of these applications seen in nature may be of use to bioinspired roboticists in the future. I have provided a brief review of tail use as seen in nature. An experiment was performed using the MIT Cheetah to investigate the usefulness of tails in one particular instance. The Cheetah was set to stand while a large, standardized disturbance was introduced by means of a clay "wrecking ball." Two cases were observed: one where the tail was actively stationary and another where the tail was swung in order to counteract the disturbance. The actively swung tail was seen to keep the body in the stable region longer than the stationary tail, thus providing the robot additional time to correct for the disturbance with the next foot fall. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Randall Briggs. en_US
dc.format.extent 41 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Tail use in bioinspired quadrupedal locomotion en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 813047589 en_US

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