Design and control of a spherical mobile robot

J. Alves, J. Dias

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This paper describes a type of mobile robot with a spherical shape designed to act as a platform to carry sensing devices or actuators in an environment where the conditions are harsh and the stability of the mechanical platform is critical. A remotely controlled internal unit drives the spherical robot. The paper focuses on the design and motion control of a spherical robot and on its control modules. The developed control modules are implemented in digital programmable logic devices, recurring to a hardware description language named VHDL. The digital hardware controls multiple devices: a multi-channel AD Converter, a pair of RF modules and four R/C Servos. The robot motion is described by a set of configurations using the path curvature. The motion controller was designed to drive the robot to the desired path using control based on the path curvature. Because of the lack of a special steering mechanism, the robot steers only by control the displacement of the center of gravity of the robot.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Mechatronics, ICOM 2003
EditorsR.M Parkin, A. Al-Habaibeh, M.R. Jackson
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2003
EventInternational Conference on Mechatronics, ICOM 2003 -
Duration: 18 Jun 200318 Jun 2003

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NameInternational Conference on Mechatronics, ICOM 2003


ConferenceInternational Conference on Mechatronics, ICOM 2003


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