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Development of wheel-less snake robot with two distinct gaits and gait transition capability

Majid, MHA and Khan, Md. Raisuddin and Sidek, Shahrul Na'im (2013) Development of wheel-less snake robot with two distinct gaits and gait transition capability. International Journal of Automation and Computing , 10 (6). pp. 534-544. ISSN 1476-8186

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Snake robots are mostly designed based on single mode locomotion. However, single mode gait most likely could not work effectively when the robot is subject to an unstructured working environment with different measures of terrain complexity. As a solution, mixed mode locomotion is proposed in this paper by synchronizing two types of gaits known as serpentine and wriggler gaits used for non-constricted and narrow space environments, respectively, but for straight line locomotion only. A gait transition algorithm is developed to efficiently change the gait from one to another. This study includes the investigation on kinematics analysis followed by dynamics analysis while considering related structural constraints for both gaits. The approach utilizes the speed of the serpentine gait for open area locomotion and exploits the narrow space access capability of the wriggler gait. Hence, it can increase motion flexibility in view of the fact that the robot is able to change its mode of locomotion according to the working environment.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3627/35735
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bio-inspired robots, robotics, robot dynamics, robot kinematics, robotic mechanical systems.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA168 Systems engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Shahrul Naim Sidek
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 10:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/35735

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