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JRM Vol.19 No.3 pp. 252-257
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2007.p0252
(2007)

Paper:

Development of a Transformable Mobile Robot with a Variable Wheel Diameter

Keiji Nagatani*, Mitsuhiro Kuze**, and Kazuya Yoshida*

*Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-01 Aramaki Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Japan

**Fuji Heavy-Industries, 1-1 Subaru-machi, Ohta-city, Gunma 373-8555, Japan

Received:
October 18, 2006
Accepted:
March 12, 2007
Published:
June 20, 2007
Keywords:
mobile robot, search and rescue, variable wheel diameter
Abstract

A demand of search and rescue operations using robotic technology increases to mitigate a natural disaster. In searching tasks with mobile robots, particularly in debris-covered environment, there is a trade-off between high-traversability on bumpy surfaces (likely to large robots) and exploration in limited areas (likely to small robots). With this in mind, we developed a small transformable mobile robot that uses a variable wheel diameter and stabilizer length. In its most compact form, the robot is deployable in limited areas and, in its fully expanded form, it traverses relatively large obstacles by expanding its wheel diameter. In this paper, development is detailed in the former sections, and geometric analysis and experiment of its step-climbing capabilities is introduced in the latter sections.

Cite this article as:
Keiji Nagatani, Mitsuhiro Kuze, and Kazuya Yoshida, “Development of a Transformable Mobile Robot with a Variable Wheel Diameter,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.19, No.3, pp. 252-257, 2007.
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