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Can a passive hopper hop forever?

Reddy, CK and Pratap, R (2000) Can a passive hopper hop forever? In: Current Science, 79 (5). pp. 639-645.


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It is now understood that stable gait can be exhibited by passive walking models. The energy losses associated with collisions in such passive models play a central role in achieving stable gait, We study a simple passive model for hopping. The model consists of a two-mass, one-spring system. The only mode of energy dissipation is through the plastic collisions with the rigid ground, We show that there exist solutions that involve lossless inelastic collisions and thus lead to incessant hopping. The global dynamics of the hopping model is studied by constructing a one-dimensional map. We show that the fixed points of the one-dimensional map exhibit one- way stability. The consequences of an infinite number of fixed points and their one-way stability on the dynamics is also studied and it is shown that there exists a nested basin of attraction for each fixed point of the system, making the fate of an individual orbit unpredictable.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Current Science Assn
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/1809

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