Title

Hip Actuations Can be Used to Control Bifurcations and Chaos in a Passive Dynamic Walking Model

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Abstract

We explored how hip joint actuation can be used to control locomotive bifurcations and chaos in a passive dynamic walking model that negotiated a slightly sloped surface (γ<0.019rad). With no hip actuation, our passive dynamic walking model was capable of producing a chaotic locomotive pattern when the ramp angle was 0.01839rad<γ<0.0190rad. Systematic alterations in hip actuation resulted in rapid transition to any locomotive pattern available in the chaotic attractor and induced stability at ramp angles that were previously considered unstable. Our results detail how chaos can be used as a control scheme for locomotion.

Journal Title

Journal of Biomechanical Engineering

Volume

129

Issue

2

First Page

216

Last Page

222