Modeling Walking with an Inverted Pendulum Not Constrained to the Sagittal Plane. Numerical Simulations and Asymptotic Expansions

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Inverted pendulum models are commonly used to study the bio-mechanics of biped walkers. In its simplest form, the inverted pendulum consists of a point mass attached to two straight mass-less legs. Most works constrain the motion of the mass to the sagittal plane, i.e. the plane perpendicular to the ground that contains the direction toward the biped is walking. In this article, we remove this constrain to study the oscillations, the mass experiences in the direction perpendicular to the sagittal plane as the biped walks. While small, these lateral oscillations are unavoidable and of importance in the understanding of balance and stability of walkers, as well as walkers induced oscillations in pedestrian bridges.

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Goldsztein, G. (2017) Modeling Walking with an Inverted Pendulum Not Constrained to the Sagittal Plane. Numerical Simulations and Asymptotic Expansions. Applied Mathematics, 8, 57-76. doi: 10.4236/am.2017.81006.


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