Tracked-wheel crawler robot for vertically aligned mooring chain climbing design:simulation and validation of a climbing robot for mooring chain
Dissanayake, M, Sattar, T, Howlader, O, Pinson, I and Gan, T-H (2017). Tracked-wheel crawler robot for vertically aligned mooring chain climbing design:simulation and validation of a climbing robot for mooring chain. IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS). Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 15 - 16 Dec 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIINFS.2017.8300423
|Dissanayake, M, Sattar, T, Howlader, O, Pinson, I and Gan, T-H
Only a few attempts have been made to investigate the possibilities of developing chain climbing robot due to the complexity of the structure and physical nature of chain links. Mooring chains are subjected to large tidal waves, harsh environmental conditions and storms on a daily basis. Therefore, periodic inspection of the integrity of chain links is important. Work reported in this paper investigates the possibilities of mooring chain climbing by using tracked wheel locomotion. The permanent magnet adhesion, tracked wheel crawler robot developed for this purpose can climb on mooring chains both in air and underwater with a variable speed according to the inspection requirements (maximum speed of 42cm/minute). It is able to handle an external downward force of 50N during the climbing motion. Numerical modelling based analysis of a magnet adhesion module and the strength of the robot structure is validated with prototyping and testing of the concept.
|Chain climbing robot; Mooring chain climbing robot; Magnetic adhesion robot crawler; Mooring chain
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|Accepted author manuscript
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|15 Dec 2017
|Publication process dates
|31 May 2018
|17 Aug 2017
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