The mechanics of legged vehicles

  • D. J. Todd
Part of the Chapman and Hall Advanced Industrial Technology Series book series (AITS)


Throughout the short history of legged robots, animal locomotion has been a source of inspiration, and many features initially observed in animals have been built into robots. However, the locomotion of many animals remains infinitely more advanced and more elegant than that of present-day robots. It may seem that this will be so forever, but we can at least analyse the structure and behaviour of animals to see why they are so efficient, and what we can learn from them. It will then be possible to determine which aspects of animal locomotion can be imitated or improved and which aspects depend on biological properties that cannot be emulated.


Centrifugal Compressor Robot Designer Swash Plate Legged Locomotion Animal Locomotion 
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© D. J. Todd 1985

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