Stability analysis of human rider's balance control of stationary bicycles

Damoon Soudbakhsh, Yang Zhang, Jingang Yi

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Understanding human/bicycle interactions is crucial not only for enhancing bicycle (motorcycle) safety but also for designing new bicycle-based rehabilitation devices. In this paper, we present stability analysis of a human neurological control of stationary bicycles. The stability results are obtained through using the sweeping frequency method and the stability charts for time-delay dynamical systems. The results show that through only human rider's upper body movement, it is impossible to stabilize the stationary bicycle; however, with additional bicycle steering control, the riders can balance the bicycle under three delays in the neurological system. We present and illustrate these stability conditions for the systems with a set of model parameters of typical healthy riders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781457710957
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 27 2012Jun 29 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
CityMontreal, QC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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