Novel extendable arm structure using convex tapes for improving strength of pipe on tiny mobile robots

K. Tanaka, H. Yokoyama, H. Ishii, S. Inoue, Q. Shi, S. Okabayashi, Y. Sugahara, A. Takanishi

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Abstract

The demand for monitoring from high points is increasing to support remote control and accurate monitoring. Unmanned ground vehicles with long arms are used to achieve long-term and accurate monitoring. The use of convex steel tapes is effective for achieving both high strength and lightness of the arm, which prevents the robot from collapsing or the arm from falling off. However, the previously proposed methods could not be used under tough environmental conditions such as strong winds as well as when the posture of the robot is changed. The objective of the present study is to design a novel extendable arm structure using convex tapes for outdoor usage. We designed an arm with a novel combination of convex tapes that can endure outdoor interferences. We manufactured the arm using a new method such that there is no need to separate the convex tapes. Our results indicated that the robot could extend its arm up to 4 m at a wind speed of 10 m/s and its posture can be changed to 15° in all directions without the use of additional supports such as an outrigger. This novel arm is useful for supporting remote-controlled aerial work platform outdoors such as in a disaster struck area where only tiny mobile robots can enter. This novel combination method is significant not only because it fills the gap in previous sutures but also because it does not require complex mechanisms such as the outrigger method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages637-642
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509043644
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2016 - Qingdao, China
Duration: 2016 Dec 32016 Dec 7

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2016
CountryChina
CityQingdao
Period16/12/316/12/7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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