Design and development of a fall arresting robot

A. Ertas, C. W. Malone, J. C. Jones, T. B. Leamon

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Despite the large personal and economic losses associated with the effects of falling and slipping, the etiology of falling and slipping behavior is unknown. A major inhibition of past research has been the lack of a facility to experimentally investigate such behavior without exposing human subjects to the natural danger of injury resulting from falls. To carry out this research, a facility was constructed to investigate falling and slipping behavior. One component of this facility, a fall arresting robot, is used to experimentally research the basic mechanics involved in falls. Specifically, this robot was designed to provide passive, reactive support of a test subject, so that a reduced friction walk surface could be used to induce a fall. This paper describes the design and development of the fall arresting robot and how the components are combined to provide a functional fall arresting system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers in Engineering 1990
EditorsG.L. Kinzel, S.M. Rohde
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0791805158
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings of the 1990 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Aug 5 1990Aug 9 1990

Publication series

NameComputers in Engineering 1990


ConferenceProceedings of the 1990 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition
CityBoston, MA, USA


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