Title

ASME Student Design Competition: Remote Inspection Vehicle

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Motivated by the tragedy that occurred at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the 2013 ASME Student Design Competition has tasked students with designing a remote inspection vehicle that will perform predefined tasks. The tasks include reading a simulated gauge, retrieving and delivering two wooden dowel "sensors", and pressing a button. We used an existing VEX Robotics kit as the basis for our chassis design and made modifications as well as manufactured parts when needed. Additional parts include a vision system centered on a GoPro camera and our R.A.D.(Retrieval and Delivery) System, which was custom fabricated. By bringing together these different components, the robot is capable of navigating through obstacles through a tank tread design, can retrieve and deliver objects with the R.A.D. system, and can be controlled remotely with a VEX remote. The GoPro system provides live video so the operator can navigate the robot through the course. All of these systems combine to make a competition-ready vehicle.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

27-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

27-4-2013 3:30 PM

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ASME Student Design Competition: Remote Inspection Vehicle

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Motivated by the tragedy that occurred at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the 2013 ASME Student Design Competition has tasked students with designing a remote inspection vehicle that will perform predefined tasks. The tasks include reading a simulated gauge, retrieving and delivering two wooden dowel "sensors", and pressing a button. We used an existing VEX Robotics kit as the basis for our chassis design and made modifications as well as manufactured parts when needed. Additional parts include a vision system centered on a GoPro camera and our R.A.D.(Retrieval and Delivery) System, which was custom fabricated. By bringing together these different components, the robot is capable of navigating through obstacles through a tank tread design, can retrieve and deliver objects with the R.A.D. system, and can be controlled remotely with a VEX remote. The GoPro system provides live video so the operator can navigate the robot through the course. All of these systems combine to make a competition-ready vehicle.