Upon the construction of a remote controlled tracked reconnaissance vehicle

Downing, Matthew (2010) Upon the construction of a remote controlled tracked reconnaissance vehicle. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: The aim of this project is to investigate, construct and evaluate a radio controlled tracked reconnaissance and inspection vehicle. It is envisaged that this project would implement a series of wireless web cams or video cameras to transmit a video feed back to a remote portable location to allow for the inspection of hazardous
and inaccessible locations.

The concept of having mobile robots that are able to control themselves in either an autonomous or semiautonomous operational mode is not at all new. Over the years there have been many different attempts at constructing robots capable of this feat. Generally, most robots of this nature are designed primarily for military use. Under military use, these robots are often deployed for bomb diffusion and bomb placement as well as general reconnaissance.

The primary objectives of this project were to construct a remote controlled semi-autonomous robotic tracked inspection vehicle for the inspection of hazardous and inaccessible locations. It was also necessary that this
vehicle be highly stable, and easily adaptable to form the basis for further developments of suitable attachments such as grapplers or robotic manipulators such as arms and hands.

The main design criteria for this device were:
- Must be able to be constructed from easily available materials and components.
- Must be ruggered and durable especially if it is to be used in hostile environments.
- Must be easy and intuitive to operate to facilitate ease of use.
- Must have sufficient power and runtime to make its deployment worthwhile.

In conclusion, the device which was designed and constructed implemented various components; a large number of these components had to be custom manufactured for this device. Once construction was complete, it underwent numerous hours of infield testing in order to determine its effectively as a remote mobile tracked reconnaissance and inspection vehicle.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Snook, Chris
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile robot; robots; hazard identification; robotic vehicle design
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090203 Automotive Mechatronics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4002 Automotive engineering > 400203 Automotive mechatronics and autonomous systems
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/18639

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