Sea-Shore interface robotic design
Bell, Timothy L.
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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.
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