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SLEGS robot: development and design of a novel flexible and self-reconfigurable robot leg

Servet Soyguder (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Firat University, Elazig, Turkey)
Walter Boles (Department of Engineering Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explain the design of a novel leg mechanism for SLEGS robot. SLEGS means both “S”-shaped for the legged robot and “O”-shaped for the wheeled robot. It is a reconfigurable/transformable mobile robot.

Design/methodology/approach

First, a novel robot leg is designed by inspiration from previous studies. Second, the SLEGS robot’s leg is modeled using 3D computer model, and kinematics analysis performed on the leg mechanism. Finally, the prototype of the novel leg was developed for the SLEGS robot.

Findings

The robot leg mechanism has both flexible and self-reconfigurable modular features. All legs automatically take the form of both a rotating wheel and a walking leg with a self-reconfigurable modular feature.

Originality/value

The modeled leg is original in terms of its novel locomotion mechanism in both the walking and wheeled configurations.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the financial support provided by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK - 1059B191401445).

Citation

Soyguder, S. and Boles, W. (2017), "SLEGS robot: development and design of a novel flexible and self-reconfigurable robot leg", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 377-391. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-03-2016-0109

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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