In this paper we propose an innovative solution for a small size hybrid mobile robot called Epi.q-1. Overall dimensions are about 160 mm 360 mm 280 mm (height length width). The Epi.q-1 robot moves on flat, steep or uneven ground. It can climb over obstacles or steps, even if they are non-uniform in size. Its operating mode adapts to ground conditions and changes accordingly: from rolling (on wheels) to stepping (on legs) thanks to its great mobility it can follow complex routes. It is easy to control with just a few actuators. Robot locomotion drive-generating units employ an original driving mechanism, where degrees of freedom (DOFs) can be limited to some extent according to the operating conditions or thanks to a switching device. Locomotion units consist of a motor linked to a gear (double epicyclical chain) and an axial device (mini-motor and lead screw system) able to lock or unlock some DOFs of the kinematic chain. Moreover, the robot locomotion unit can change its size, from small to large and vice versa, in order to be able to reach restricted spaces and to overcome even quite tall obstacles. It was experimentally tested on flat ground and slopes. It can overcome 90 mm obstacles, that are 72% of the height of the locomotion unit, and climb stairs.

The Epi.q-1 Hybrid Mobile Robot / Quaglia, Giuseppe; Maffiodo, Daniela; Franco, Walter; Appendino, Silvia; Oderio, Riccardo. - In: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH. - ISSN 0278-3649. - 29:1(2010), pp. 81-91. [10.1177/0278364909336806]

The Epi.q-1 Hybrid Mobile Robot

QUAGLIA, Giuseppe;MAFFIODO, DANIELA;FRANCO, WALTER;APPENDINO, Silvia;ODERIO, RICCARDO
2010

Abstract

In this paper we propose an innovative solution for a small size hybrid mobile robot called Epi.q-1. Overall dimensions are about 160 mm 360 mm 280 mm (height length width). The Epi.q-1 robot moves on flat, steep or uneven ground. It can climb over obstacles or steps, even if they are non-uniform in size. Its operating mode adapts to ground conditions and changes accordingly: from rolling (on wheels) to stepping (on legs) thanks to its great mobility it can follow complex routes. It is easy to control with just a few actuators. Robot locomotion drive-generating units employ an original driving mechanism, where degrees of freedom (DOFs) can be limited to some extent according to the operating conditions or thanks to a switching device. Locomotion units consist of a motor linked to a gear (double epicyclical chain) and an axial device (mini-motor and lead screw system) able to lock or unlock some DOFs of the kinematic chain. Moreover, the robot locomotion unit can change its size, from small to large and vice versa, in order to be able to reach restricted spaces and to overcome even quite tall obstacles. It was experimentally tested on flat ground and slopes. It can overcome 90 mm obstacles, that are 72% of the height of the locomotion unit, and climb stairs.
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