Imperial College London

ProfessorPeterChilds

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Head of the School of Design Engineering
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7049p.childs Website CV

 
 
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Location

 

10 Princes Gardens10-12 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@inproceedings{Childs,
author = {Childs, PRN and Holloway, M and Julia, M},
title = {Folding mechanism for a remotely deployable robotic vehicle},
url = {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7559160/},
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - CPAPER
AB - An innovative design for a folding robotic vehicle is presented that can deploy through small openings into crawl spaces and underfloor voids to survey and carry out operations within them. The mechanism employs a four bar linkage, enabling the axles to be extended away from the chassis and the axle to be deployed in line with the chassis, thus producing an elongated but small cross sectional area. In its low cross-sectional area form the device can be fed in through a small opening and once in position, the axles can be rotated into their functional position and locked in place. To remove the robot the mechanism works in reverse, with the axle is unlocked and rotated in line with the chassis This transformation is a key enabler for deployment and practical applications of this type of robot. The mechanism has been commercially developed and used for both survey and applying treatments in a wide range of building applications, although other uses are possible. This paper describes the practical aspects of the mechanism as an enabler for the transformation of a robot chassis for accessing confined spaces.
AU - Childs,PRN
AU - Holloway,M
AU - Julia,M
TI - Folding mechanism for a remotely deployable robotic vehicle
UR - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7559160/
ER -