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Simulating control of the ankle joint

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dc.contributor.advisor Neville Hogan. en_US Vasquez, Rebecca (Rebecca Ann) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2012-11-19T19:17:52Z 2012-11-19T19:17:52Z 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. 33). en_US
dc.description.abstract Computing environments such as Matlab that are conventionally used to simulate dynamics of rigid body systems can be used to model interactions between the system and its environment. However, creating these simulations using Matlab or an equivalent is difficult and there is a need for a more convenient simulation environment for such problems. Two alternative programs, PyODE and OpenSim, were explored to evaluate their ability to fill this need. Models and simulations of the human ankle were created in PyODE. This program is useful for creating simple models where the programmer desires a high level of control over model parameters. Simulations of the ankle kicking a ball and taking a step were created to examine the effect of joint stiffness on these motions and help determine the usefulness of ODE as a simulation tool. Pre-existing models were analyzed in OpenSim. OpenSim is specifically designed for analyzing biomechanical systems. It allows for more complex models to be created but the user has more limited control over the model parameters. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rebecca Vasquez. en_US
dc.format.extent 39 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 Simulating control of the ankle joint 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 815525144 en_US

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