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Mechanical Design of Variable Configuration Tracked Vehicle

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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

Abstract

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
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