Design and Fabrication of Unmanned Terrain Vehicle

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Design and Fabrication of Unmanned Terrain Vehicle

S. Mathivanan1, D. Ajitp, K. R. Devarajan3, K. Karthik4,

(1) Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hindusthan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore-32.

(2,3,4) UG Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hindusthan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore-32.

Abstract:-Rocker bogie is important for conducting in-situ scientific analysis of objectives that are separated by many meters to tens of kilometres. Current mobility designs are complex, using many wheels or legs. They are open to mechanical failure caused by the harsh environment on Mars. A four wheeled rover capable of traversing rough terrain using an efficient high degree of mobility suspension system. The primary mechanical feature of the rocker bogie design is its drive train simplicity, which is accomplished by using only two motors for mobility. Both motors are located inside the body where thermal variation is kept to a minimum, increasing reliability and efficiency. Four wheels are used because there are few obstacles on natural terrain that require both front wheels of the rover to climb simultaneously. A series of mobility experiments in the agriculture land, rough roads, inclined, stairs and obstacles surfaces concluded that rocker bogie can achieve some distance traverses on field.

Keywords: Rocker bogie; Wheel type mobile robot; Stair climbing; Rover.

  1. INTRODUCTION

    Over the past decade, the rocker-bogie suspension design has become a proven mobility application known for its superior vehicle stability and obstacle-climbing capability. Following several technology and research rover implementations, the system was successfully flown as part of Mars Pathfinders Sojourner rover. When the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project was first proposed, the use of a rocker-bogie suspension was the obvious choice due to its extensive heritage. The challaenge posed by MER was to design a lightweight rocker-bogie suspension that would permit the mobility to stow within the limited space available and deploy into a configuration that the rover could then safely use to progress from the lender and explore the Martian surface. When building a robot you'd like it to be as simple as possible. In most cases you'd never need a suspension system, but there were several instances when a suspension system cannot be avoided. The term bogie refers to the links that have a drive wheel at each end. Bogies were commonly used as load wheels in the tracks of army tanks as idlers distributing the load over the terrain. Bogies were also quite commonly used on the trailers of semi-trailer trucks. Both applications now prefer trailing arm suspensions. The rocker-bogie design has no springs or stub axles for each wheel, allowing the rover to climb over obstacles, such as rocks, that are up to twice the wheel's diameter in size while keeping all six wheels on the ground. As with any

    suspension system, the tilt stability is limited by the height of the centre of gravity.

  2. LITERATURE REVIEW

    The concept of our research work is to create a rocker- bogie drive system based on those of NASA. NASA developed the rocker-bogie suspension system for their rovers and was implemented in the Mars Pathfinder's and Sojourner rover. The rocker-bogie suspension system passively keeps all six wheels on the robot in contact with the ground even on uneven surfaces. This creates for great traction and manoeuvrability (Harrington & Voorhees). The rocker-bogie suspension mechanism which was currently NASAs approved design for wheeled mobile robots, mainly because it had study or resilient capabilities to deal with obstacles and because it uniformly distributes the payload over its 6 wheels at all times. It also can be used for other purposes to operate in rough roads and to climb the steps. It was having lots of advantages but one of the major disadvantages is the rotation of the mechanism when and where is required. The rotation can be possible by providing individual motors to individual wheels which causes arise in cost and complicacy in design. Here an attempt was made to modify the existing design by incorporating a gear type steering mechanism which will be operated by a single motor which simplifies the design as well as the total cost and operating cost of the mechanism. In this work the proposed steering mechanism was designed and the modelling was done in CATIA (V-5) and the same was analyzed for static analysis for the proposed torque condition of the motor in ANSYS. All the results in the analysis were analyzed for static analysis. The researchers discuss the concept and parameter design of a Robust Stair Climbing Compliant Modular Robot, capable of tackling stairs with overhangs. Modifying the geometry of the periphery of the wheels of our robot helps in tackling overhangs. Along with establishing a concept design, robust design parameters were set to minimize performance variation. The Grey-based Taguchi Method was adopted for providing an optimal setting for the design parameters of the robot. The robot prototype was shown to have successfully scaled stairs of varying dimensions, with overhang, thus corroborating the analysis performed. An analysis method to make the rocker bogie mechanism can climb up a stair was achieved in the work. The east coast of Malaysia faced a massive flood from heavy downpour, leading to huge flood damage and caused irreparable loss to life and property. The flood carries the debris, soil and

    trees along their path, damaging the road and building structure, leaving the road become uneven. This situation gives difficulty to task force bearing aids during the post disaster management. The research paper proposed an intelligent inclined motion control of an amphibious vehicle while moving on uneven terrain surface. The research paper deals with the designing and modelling of stair climbing robot based on the well-known rocker bogie mechanism in Annoys rigid body dynamics module. The robots often suffer from undesired phenomenon slip, sticking and floating while climbing steps and stairs, which may cause instability of the mobile robot. The Taguchi method was used to chosen as an optimization tool to make trajectory of centre of mass close to straight line while all wheels keep in contact with ground during climbing stairs. Taguchi method was adopted due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness both in formulating the objective function and satisfying multiple constraints simultaneously. In the Optimization, Seven kinematic parameters of rocker bogie mechanism were optimized which include four link lengths (l1, l2, l3) and three wheel radius (R1, R2, R3). The kinematic Model of proposed mechanism was built and it was simulated in ANSYS Rigid body dynamics. Three different shapes of typical stairs were selected as user conditions to determine a robust optimal solution. The result obtained shows the variation of centre of mass position with time, variation of velocity of joint with time, variation of force with time. It was basically a suspension arrangement used in mechanical robotic vehicles used specifically for space exploration. The rocker-bogie suspension based rovers has been successfully introduced for the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rover (MER) and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) missions conducted by apex space exploration agencies throughout the world. The proposed suspension system was currently the most favoured design for every space exploration company indulge in the business of space research. The motive the research initiation was to understand mechanical design and it advantages of Rocker- bogie suspension system in order to find suitability to implement it in conventional loading vehicles to enhance their efficiency and also to cut down the maintenance related expenses of conventional suspension systems. The world market of mobile robotics was expected to increase substantially in the next 20 year, surpassing the market of industrial robotics in terms of units and sales.

    Important fields of application are homeland security, surveillance, demining, reconnaissance in dangerous situations, and agriculture. The design of the locomotion systems of mobile robots for unstructured environments was generally complex, particularly when they were required to move on uneven or soft terrains, or to climb obstacles. The three main categories of locomotion systems (wheeled W, tracked T and legged L) and the four hybrid categories that can be derived by combining these main locomotion systems were discussed with reference to maximum speed, obstacle-crossing capability, step/stair climbing capability, slope climbing capability, walking capability on soft terrains, walking capability on uneven terrains, energy efficiency, mechanical complexity, control

    complexity and technology readiness. The current and future trends of mobile robotics were discussed. This type of mechanism has been used on most of the rovers on Mars and has proved to be a simple and elegant design. A Genetic Algorithm was implemented and used to optimize the geometry and kinematics of the rovers wheel suspension system subject to the defined performance metrics. This work shows the effectiveness of the optimization of a rocker-bogie suspension systemising a Genetic Algorithm. It also reveals that the resulting system meets all constraints and that significantly reduces the error of individual performance metrics and the overall system. It was shown that the overall fitness of the rover suspension system can be increased by an average of 28% after 100 iterations compared to an initial guess.

    All performance metrics defined were imp roved significantly throughout the optimization. The method can be applied to different types of rovers in order to optimize the wheel suspension mechanisms geometry.

  3. DESIGN OF ROCKER BOGIE

    The important factor in manufacturing of rocker bogie mechanism is to determine the dimensions of rocker and bogie linkages and angles between them. The lengths and angles of this mechanism can be changed as per requirement. In the work aim is to manufacture the rocker bogie mechanism which can overcome the obstacles of 150 mm height (like stones, wooden blocks) and can climb over stairs of height 150 mm. Also another target is to climb any surface at an angle of 45. To achieve the above targets we had design the rocker-bogie model by assuming stair height 150 mm and length 370 mm. Using Pythagoras theorems, find the dimensions of the model. It have both angles of linkages are 90.

    Design calculation

    The objective of the research work is stair climbing. To achieve proper stair climbing the dimensions of linkages should be proper. Assume the stair height and length 150 mm and 370 mm respectively. To climb stairs with higher stability, it is required that only one pair of wheel should be in rising position at a time. Hence to find dimension of bogie linkages, first pair of wheels should be placed at horizontal position means at the end of the rising as shown in Fig.1. And second pair should be placed just before the start of rising. There should be some distance between vertical edge of stair and second pair of wheel to striking of wheels.

  4. WHEEL DESIGN: Velocity v = (DN/60)

    D=60v/ N

    Where,

    D-diameter of the wheel N-Speed in rpm

    Velocity 8cm/s

    Velocity 10cm/s

    Velocity 12cm/s

    RPM

    DIA

    RPM

    DIA

    RPM

    DIA

    10

    15.277

    10

    19.096

    10

    22.915

    20

    7.638

    20

    9.548

    20

    11.458

    30

    5.092

    30

    6.365

    30

    7.638

    40

    3.819

    40

    4.774

    40

    5.729

    50

    3.055

    50

    3.819

    50

    4.583

    60

    2.546

    60

    3.183

    60

    3.819

    70

    2.182

    70

    2.728

    70

    3.274

    80

    1.910

    80

    2.387

    80

    2.864

    VELOCITY TABLE

    We have chosen 30 rpm motor.

    From the table for 10 cm /sec;

    The wheel diameter is 63.6mm (i.e.) 70 mm approximately

  5. LENGTH OF LINKS:

    LENGTH OF LINKS LENGTH OF LINK AC:

    2=2+2

    352=2(2)

    AB=AC=24.75 cm (25 cm approximately)

    LENGTH OF LINK DB:

    2=2+2

    17.52=2(2)

    DB=DE=12.37 cm (13 cm approximately)

  6. WORKING PRINCIPLE:

    OVERALL VIEWS

    In order to go over an obstacle, the front wheels are forced against the rear wheels. The rotation of the front wheel then lifts the front of the vehicle up and over the obstacle. The middle wheel is pressed against the obstacle by the rear wheel and pulled against the obstacle by the front, until it is

    lifted up and over. Finally, the rear wheel is pulled over the obstacle by the front two wheels. During each wheels traversal of the obstacle, forward progress of the vehicle is slowed or completely halted. These rovers move slowly and climb over the obstacles by having wheels lift each piece of the suspension over the obstacle one portion at a time.

  7. CONCLUSION

This work shows how rocker bogie system works on different surfaces. As per the different weight acting on link determines torque applied on it. By assuming accurate stair dimensions, accurately dimensioned rocker bogie can climb the stair with great stability. The design and manufactured model can climb the angle up to 45. Also we tested for the Web cam with AV recording mounted on rocker bogie system and found satisfactorily performance obtains during this test camera has rotated around 360. During stair climbing test for length less than 375 mm (15 inch) system cannot climb the stair. It can be possible to develop new models of rocker bogie which can climb the stairs having low lengths.

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