Design of Anti-Skid Foot with Passive Slip Detection Mechanism for Conditional Utilization of Heterogeneous Foot Pads

Jaejun Park, Do Hun Kong, Hae Won Park

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Abstract

This letter introduces a novel anti-skid foot design consisting of two different types of foot pads, a cylindrical foot covered with rubber and a complementary foot with an array of spine mechanisms. The primary foot is designed to provide contact during movements that do not require excessive friction forces. On the other hand, the complementary foot is specialized to provide larger traction for dynamic motions. A passive slip detection and lock & release mechanisms are also designed to enable conditional switching to the complementary foot pad if slip occurs while the primary foot is in use. Experimental results demonstrated that the anti-skid foot can sustain 1.9 times of tangential load on a concrete block, compared with the maximum tangential load that a rubber foot pad can sustain on the same surface. Using this enhanced tangential load capability, a two-legged planar robot equipped with the novel foot was able to jump, land, and attach to the surface of a concrete block with a slope of 50°.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8629057
Pages (from-to)1170-1177
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Legged robots
  • biologically inspired robots
  • grippers and other end-effectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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