A method for optimal design of an inchworm climbing robot

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2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest, 2012, pp. 1293 - 1298
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Many ferromagnetic structures require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure their longevity, structural integrity and aesthetics. These operations are often very hazardous to workers, as they are normally performed at height or in confined spaces, and can expose workers to hazardous materials such as lead based paints and vehicle fumes. An inchworm climbing robot has been proposed as a solution that would improve the quality of the inspection procedure and the occupational health and safety for the maintenance personnel while reducing setup times and costs. However, a number of challenges in designing such an inchworm robot arise from the environmental, mobility and safety factors. This paper describes these challenges for given design applications and presents a method to optimise the design to address the challenges. Analyses of the results attest to the feasibility of the solution. © 2012 IEEE.
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