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Development of slide type inspection robot using flexible pneumatic cylinder

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4 Author(s)
Lin Wang ; Okayama Univ. of Sci., Okayama, Japan ; Akagi, T. ; Dohta, S. ; Kawasaki, T.

In this study, we aim to develop the flexible mobile mechanism for an inspection robot. In our previous study, we proposed and tested the flexible sliding mechanism using a novel flexible pneumatic cylinder. The mechanism can be driven even if the cylinder bends. In this paper, the improvement of the sliding mechanism so that it can travel into a narrower space will be described. The flexible bending mechanisms for changing the direction of the robot are also proposed and tested. As a result, the tested robot can also travel in the narrow space smoothly by sliding the claw unit with the slide stage as an inchworm.

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Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS), 2012 International Conference on

Date of Conference:

18-21 Sept. 2012