Design and Development of Low Cost Rolling Cylinder Rover (Cybot)
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Section: Enabling Technologies and Tools
Mobile robots are increasingly being used in high risk, rough terrain applications. Researchers are trying to find energy ef cient and low cost means to provide multi terrain mobility. This paper discusses such a design and the fabrication of a low cost rolling cylinder robot rover. It consists of two collinear hollow cylinders that can rotate independently and thus steer differentially. The challenge is to be able to negotiate uneven terrain without making the rover oscillate about a point, a problem characteristic of its design. Simulation of candidate designs was done in ADAMS and a feasible design was then prepared in CAD. Deployable Legs and Suspension system have been added to establish versatility of the proposed all terrain rover. Radio Frequency (RF) control was added for remote operation. Successful experimental trial of the fabricated rover over a variety of terrain was done for validation and completion