Umbrella Wheel - a stair-climbing and obstacle-handling wheel design concept

Simon Iversen, Jerome Jouffroy

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new design for stair-climbing using a wheel that can split into segments and walk up stairs or surmount other obstacles often found where humans traverse, while still being able to retain a perfectly round shape for traveling on smooth ground. Using this change of configuration, staircases with a wide range of dimensions can be covered efficiently and safely. The design, named Umbrella Wheel, can consist of as many wheel segments as desired, and as few as two. A smaller or higher number of wheel segments has advantages and disadvantages depending on the specific situation. Modeling the trajectory of the wheel when as it ascends or descends stairs is given and the results are analyzed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2017
Pages312-317
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-2603-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-2602-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems - Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China
Duration: 6. Dec 20179. Dec 2017

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems
LocationHuaqiao University
CountryChina
CityXiamen
Period06/12/201709/12/2017

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