Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Nestinger, Stephen

Abstract

This project realized a self-reconfigurable modular robot for search & rescue applications. The module was designed to move independently and connect with other modules. A single module was roughly 3x3x6” and weighed 2lbs. The module had three degrees of freedom, giving it individual mobility and high system configurability. The small module size and untethered operation necessitated an innovative design and strategic placement of the microcontroller, wireless communication, motors & control systems, sensors, and battery. An external magnetic connection mechanism using electrically switchable permanent magnets was designed, allowing the modules to connect and disconnect repeatedly.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

ECE

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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