Development of Rescue Robot with Expandable Side Crawler

G. Hirano and S. Furuno (Japan)


Rescue Robot, Expandable Side Crawler, Narrow Environment


In this paper, we develop a rescue robot that searches for the victim in the disaster scene. To go into a narrow space in such a scene, size of the robot should be small. But the ability to pass over the trench and the rubble is important. We propose the crawler type robot which has the expand able side crawler. This mechanism can enlarge the mobility of the robot by expanding the side crawler when it is nec essary. And this rescue robot pass the rubble by using the side crawler as the arm. So that the swing mechanism for the side crawler is also installed. Details of the developed robot and several experiments are denoted in this paper.

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