Sea-Shore Interface Robotic Design
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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An exoskeleton platform was developed, prototyped and tested for mobility performance in a beachfront environment. New platform, drive-train, motor-controller and wheel design were employed in the experiment. The objective was to improve on the shortcoming of previous NPS research. Three wheel-designs were tested during fixed pattern tests on grass, concrete and sand. Data suggests that, with regard to power consumption, there is a marginal difference on preferred wheel design. The sparse print round wheel showed promise in heavy vegetation however, the WhegTM wheel proved to be the most versatile on various terrains. This suggests that a WhegTM wheel with improved round wheel characteristics would be optimal for various beachfront terrains.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles