This paper discusses the design and the experimental tests on Porcospino, a bio-inspired single-track mobile robot for inspection of unstructured environments characterized by narrow spaces. It is an evolution of SnakeTrack, a single-track robot with steering capabilities; differently from SnakeTrack, the track modules of Porcospino are characterized by elastic spines, which improve traction on uneven and irregular terrains. The main body is a vertebral column, comprising a series of vertebrae connected by compliant joints and two end modules. Each end module carries two sprockets, sharing a common actuator, to drive the single peripherical track. Moreover, each end module hosts an actuator for track steering. The remaining mobilities of the vertebral column allow it to cope passively with the terrain profile, to enhance traction. The control unit, batteries, drivers, and environmental sensors are placed along the vertebral column. Both the end modules are equipped with a camera for intermittent vision, which is possible thanks to openings realized on the track modules. The experimental campaign on the first Porcospino prototype is discussed, highlighting the differences with its earlier version.

This paper discusses the design and the experimental tests on Porcospino, a bio-inspired single-track mobile robot for inspection of unstructured environments characterized by narrow spaces. It is an evolution of SnakeTrack, a single-track robot with steering capabilities; differently from SnakeTrack, the track modules of Porcospino are characterized by elastic spines, which improve traction on uneven and irregular terrains. The main body is a vertebral column, comprising a series of vertebrae connected by compliant joints and two end modules. Each end module carries two sprockets, sharing a common actuator, to drive the single peripherical track. Moreover, each end module hosts an actuator for track steering. The remaining mobilities of the vertebral column allow it to cope passively with the terrain profile, to enhance traction. The control unit, batteries, drivers, and environmental sensors are placed along the vertebral column. Both the end modules are equipped with a camera for intermittent vision, which is possible thanks to openings realized on the track modules. The experimental campaign on the first Porcospino prototype is discussed, highlighting the differences with its earlier version.

Porcospino, spined single-track mobile robot for inspection of narrow spaces

Shahab E. Nodehi;Luca Bruzzone;Pietro Fanghella
2023-01-01

Abstract

This paper discusses the design and the experimental tests on Porcospino, a bio-inspired single-track mobile robot for inspection of unstructured environments characterized by narrow spaces. It is an evolution of SnakeTrack, a single-track robot with steering capabilities; differently from SnakeTrack, the track modules of Porcospino are characterized by elastic spines, which improve traction on uneven and irregular terrains. The main body is a vertebral column, comprising a series of vertebrae connected by compliant joints and two end modules. Each end module carries two sprockets, sharing a common actuator, to drive the single peripherical track. Moreover, each end module hosts an actuator for track steering. The remaining mobilities of the vertebral column allow it to cope passively with the terrain profile, to enhance traction. The control unit, batteries, drivers, and environmental sensors are placed along the vertebral column. Both the end modules are equipped with a camera for intermittent vision, which is possible thanks to openings realized on the track modules. The experimental campaign on the first Porcospino prototype is discussed, highlighting the differences with its earlier version.
2023
This paper discusses the design and the experimental tests on Porcospino, a bio-inspired single-track mobile robot for inspection of unstructured environments characterized by narrow spaces. It is an evolution of SnakeTrack, a single-track robot with steering capabilities; differently from SnakeTrack, the track modules of Porcospino are characterized by elastic spines, which improve traction on uneven and irregular terrains. The main body is a vertebral column, comprising a series of vertebrae connected by compliant joints and two end modules. Each end module carries two sprockets, sharing a common actuator, to drive the single peripherical track. Moreover, each end module hosts an actuator for track steering. The remaining mobilities of the vertebral column allow it to cope passively with the terrain profile, to enhance traction. The control unit, batteries, drivers, and environmental sensors are placed along the vertebral column. Both the end modules are equipped with a camera for intermittent vision, which is possible thanks to openings realized on the track modules. The experimental campaign on the first Porcospino prototype is discussed, highlighting the differences with its earlier version.
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