M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Robots--Design and construction
Mobile robots are a new technology, and as a consequence, processes to design them are not mature. There are no established design procedures to develop mobile robots. In this work a rational design analysis procedure was developed and applied to configure a mobile robot. The process of developing a mobile robot involved numerous open-ended design decisions. Since these design decisions have a direct bearing on the performance of the robot, it is best for them to be made as rationally as possible. In the development of a mobile robot at Northern Illinois University the Kepner-Tregoe decision analysis methodology was used to make such decisions. Extensive experience with the application of the Kepner-Tregoe methodology coupled with real design led to the development of a more general design analysis procedure. This procedure can be applied to solve a variety of open-ended design problems.
Durai, Aravind S.V., "Development of a mobile robot using a rational design methodology" (1994). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 2169.
ix, 183 pages
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 124-125).