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Robotics 2017, 6(4), 40; doi:10.3390/robotics6040040

Design of a Novel Leg-Wheel Hexapod Walking Robot

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and South Latium, Via di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino, Italy
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Received: 14 September 2017 / Revised: 24 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 14 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intelligent Systems in Robotics)
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Abstract

Hexapod walking robots have been widely addressed in the literature with a very large number of design and engineering solutions. However, specific design approaches and solutions are needed to cope with specific novel applications. This paper aims to address the design of a hexapod walking robot having exploration, architectonic survey, and maintenance of cultural heritage goods as its main application tasks. This specific case of study is addressed by carrying out a detailed design, which led to the construction of a novel hexapod walking robot, named Cassino Hexapod III. The proposed robot is composed of hybrid legs of a modular anthropomorphic architecture with omni-wheels as feet at its extremity. The proposed design and engineering solutions can overcome the limits of other existing prototypes and to fulfil the specific application requirements and constraints with a cost-effective and user-friendly solution. The proposed novel solutions have also originated an Italian patent No. 102014902238772. View Full-Text
Keywords: walking hexapod; robot design; design procedure; leg-wheel walking hexapod; robot design; design procedure; leg-wheel
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