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A robot, which is composed of adaptive mobile mechanism, is developed for the purpose of performing the internal inspection tasks of pipelines. Adaptability and efficiency are the basic considerations for this robot. Based on these concepts, a prototype is designed and fabricated. The proposed adaptive mobile mechanism equipped with one actuator can perform two working modes, a normal working mode and an assistant enhanced mode. Robot under the normal working mode is used for moving in pipe or monitoring the inner surface of the pipe. On the other hand, robot under the assistant enhanced mode will produce a larger torque to help itself surmount an obstacle in the pipe without any other driving actuator. This special feature is achieved by applying a power transmission mechanism. The rotation problem of the stator is solved according to the calculation results of the robot kinematics. Basic experiments have been conducted to testify the adaptability and efficiency of the robot.
Date of Conference: Oct. 29 2007-Nov. 2 2007