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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems - Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China|
Duration: 6. Dec 2017 → 9. Dec 2017
|Conference||International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems|
|Period||06/12/2017 → 09/12/2017|