Mechanical Design of Variable Configuration Tracked Vehicle

[+] Author and Article Information
Taro Iwamoto, Hiroshi Yamamoto

Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., 502 Kandatsu, Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, 300 Japan

J. Mech. Des 112(3), 289-294 (Sep 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2912606 History: Received July 11, 1988; Online June 02, 2008


A terrain-adaptable tracked vehicle suitable for traveling over a variety of surfaces, including stairways, with features of low energy consumption, high speed, and light weight, has been designed and developed. Active terrain adaptability is performed by the variable track configuration scheme, which can be changed to suit temporary road conditions. Many requirements for the robot vehicle, such as simple track configuration control, suspension for high road grip, reduction of turning resistance force, coexistence of high climbing ability and high speed on flat surfaces, and reduced tare weight, have been achieved mechanically without disturbing variable track configuration characteristics.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.





Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In