SCAMP Anti-personnel Mine Roller Performance Testing
RIPPLE DESIGN LLC PHILADELPHIA PA
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Humanistic Robotics Inc, a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of mechanical demining machines and robotic-support equipment, hypothesized that a well-designed roller utilized in the appropriate environments would be an important part of the mechanical demining toolkit. To test this hypothesis, HRI designed, developed, and tested a novel anti-personnel mine roller -- the Specialized Compact Automated Mechanical Clearance Platform Roller. As part of the development process, HRI studied existing mine rollers and researched the key characteristics governing mine-roller effectiveness. To properly evaluate the SCAMP Rollers clearance performance, a series of formal tests were conducted at the Keweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Michigan U.S. and the Swedish EOD and Demining Centre SWEDEC near Eksjo, Sweden. The key parameters evaluated were mine type, soil conditions, compaction level above and around the mine, and roller speed. This article highlights the SCAMP Rollers unique design features, describes the two testing events performed to evaluate its effectiveness, and discusses the test findings.
- Machinery and Tools
- Land Mine Warfare