Accession Number : ADA606927


Title :   Sea-Shore Interface Robotic Design


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Bell, Timothy L


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA606927


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 79


Abstract : An exoskeleton platform was developed, prototyped and tested for mobility performance in a beachfront environment. New platform, drive-train, motor-controller and wheel design were employed in the experiment. The objective was to improve on the shortcoming of previous NPS research. Three wheel-designs were tested during fixed pattern tests on grass, concrete and sand. Data suggests that, with regard to power consumption, there is a marginal difference on preferred wheel design. The sparse print round wheel showed promise in heavy vegetation; however, the WhegTM wheel proved to be the most versatile on various terrains. This suggests that a WhegTM wheel with improved round wheel characteristics would be optimal for various beachfront terrains.


Descriptors :   *AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES , *ROBOTICS , CONCRETE , DRIVES , ENERGY CONSUMPTION , EXOSKELETON , MOBILITY , OPTIMIZATION , PATTERNS , PLATFORMS , ROBOTS , TEST AND EVALUATION , WHEELS


Subject Categories : Surface Effect Vehicles & Amphibious Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE