Energy Analysis of a Two Degree of Freedom Robotic System
Edward S Brinkerhoff
Energy usage is increasing in manufacturing operations. One reason for the increase is the shift to automation and robotics. Robots use an array of motors to manipulate objects, and each motor uses energy to operate and move the robot. In most cases, the motors use energy even when holding an object still or while the robot sits idle between tasks. This project focuses on the design and efficiency of a robot that requires fewer motors than a typical industrial robot yet is capable of performing many of the same industrial tasks. A CAD model of the robot is developed to perform an energy analysis during a typical operation cycle and then to optimize this cycle. Additionally, experimentation will augment the analysis through the use of a microprocessor controlled motor to measure current requirements while performing specified motions.
Independent Research - Undergraduate
Andrew P. Murray, David H. Myszka
Primary Advisor's Department
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Stander Symposium project
"Energy Analysis of a Two Degree of Freedom Robotic System" (2017). Stander Symposium Projects. 1105.