Simulation of tripod gaits for a hexapod underwater walking machine
Schue, Charles Andrew, III
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis develops the mathematical relationships necessary to implement alternating tripod gaits on the hexapod underwater walking machine, AquaRobot. Analysis of documentation and application of Denavit-Hartenberg kinematic modeling techniques determine the fundamental vehicle parameters. Smooth leg motion models following elliptical and cycloidal trajectories are devised. Gait planning algorithms, using the elliptical smooth leg motion model, are developed for both discrete and continuous body motion. Statically stable, alternating tripod gait simulations are implemented in the C + + programming language. A stick figure graphics display allows examination and testing of the gait algorithms prior to incorporation in follow-on 3D graphics simulations or in real-time operation.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.