Previous literature showed that walking gait follows the same mechanical paradigm, i.e. the straight/inverted pendulum, regardless the body size, the number of legs, and the amount of gravity acceleration. The Froude number, a dimensionless parameter originally designed to normalize the same (pendulum-like) motion in differently sized subjects, proved to be useful also in the comparison, within the same subject, of walking in heterogravity. In this paper the theory of dynamic similarity is tested by comparing the predictive power of the Froude number in terms of walking speed to previously published data on walking in hypogravity simulators. It is concluded that the Froude number is a good first predictor of the optimal walking speed and of the transition speed between walking and running in different gravitational conditions. According to the Froude number a dynamically similar walking speed on another planet can be calculated as νPLANET = νEARTH√gPLANET/gEARTH where νEARTH is the reference speed on Earth.
Invariant aspects of human locomotion in different gravitational environments / A. E. Minetti. - In: ACTA ASTRONOMICA. - ISSN 0001-5237. - 49:3-10(2001), pp. 191-198.
|Titolo:||Invariant aspects of human locomotion in different gravitational environments|
MINETTI, ALBERTO ENRICO (Primo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0094-5765(01)00098-4|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|