Publication Date

1994

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

LCSH

Robots--Design and construction

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages 124-125).

Extent

ix, 183 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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