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JRM Vol.25 No.3 pp. 559-566
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2013.p0559
(2013)

Paper:

Development of Active-Joint Active-Wheel High Traversability Snake-Like Robot ACM-R4.2

Kentarou Kouno, Hiroya Yamada, and Shigeo Hirose

Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan

Received:
October 29, 2012
Accepted:
April 22, 2013
Published:
June 20, 2013
Keywords:
snake-like robot, inspection, rescue
Abstract

Snake-like hypermobile robots are thought to be effective in search and rescue task applications, and many research institutions have studied such robots. In prior research, we developed an active-joint activewheel snake-like robot, ACM-R4.1, which had a watertight structure and joint torque sensors that also acted as a torque limiter. Although R4.1 was highly robust in severe environments and had high terrain adaptability, we found problems that had to be overcome, such as getting stuck in rough terrain. We therefore propose a more practical snake-like robot, ACMR4.2, in order to maximizemobility performance. The main features of R4.2 are as follows: (1) thin yaw axis joints, (2) light-weight plastic housing made by vacuum injection method, and (3) wheels those were wider than those of R4.1. We tested R4.2 performance and found that it showed higher traversability than R4.1.

Cite this article as:
Kentarou Kouno, Hiroya Yamada, and Shigeo Hirose, “Development of Active-Joint Active-Wheel High Traversability Snake-Like Robot ACM-R4.2,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.25, No.3, pp. 559-566, 2013.
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