A high-speed locomotion mechanism using pneumatic hollow-shaft actuators for in-pipe robots

Tomonari Yamamoto, Masashi Konyo, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Abstract

This study proposes a high-speed locomotion mechanism for a pipe-inspection robot. As a result of the narrow and complex structures of pipeline networks, it is difficult for robots to move quickly within the pipes. The new pneumatic mechanism proposed here realizes high-speed locomotion along with advantageous features for pipe inspection including a small diameter, flexibility, and low weight. First, we present the design concept of the novel locomotion mechanism using pneumatic flexible hollow-shaft actuators, which was previously developed by the authors. The prototype constructed to realize this concept and the associated mathematical model are then introduced. Second, the basic characteristics of the proposed mechanism are evaluated in terms of the holding force (generated by an expansion mechanism against the pipe wall) and the impellent force that induces forward motion in the robot. Finally, the in-pipe movement performance is confirmed. The experimental results show that the designed robot can be propelled inside a 53-mm-diameter pipe at a maximum speed of 250 mm/s, which is exceedingly faster than conventional designs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIROS Hamburg 2015 - Conference Digest
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4724-4730
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479999941
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 11
EventIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2015 Sep 282015 Oct 2

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Volume2015-December
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

OtherIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period15/9/2815/10/2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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