Stafford, Kenneth A.
The primary objective of this project was to design and produce a continuously variable transmission for a mobile robot platform. The innovative approach was to develop a system that could continuously vary the tangential velocity of a wheel without changing its overall angular velocity or diameter. A prototype CVTV, "Uber Wheel," was developed, as well as an optimized control system to automate ratio changes based on system demand. The prototype Uber Wheel and control system were tested using a custom made dynamometer and changes were made resulting in a final design. Success was based on performance criteria which included dynamic response to varying load and input conditions.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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