Robotic Platform for Internal Inspection
This thesis describes the design of a robotic inspection tool which is based on a differential track-drive platform. The robotic inspection tool is a one man-portable UGV that has been developed for the purpose of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and internal inspection of environments where human penetration may be difficult or hazardous. Various NDE and sensing techniques are described in this paper but the focus is on the mechanical and electrical design of the platform itself. The platform is a versatile device for mobile robotics research and development that supports a wide variety of instrumentation and payloads. Variable height control of the payload is achieved with a scissor lift assembly that provides accurate positioning of equipped sensors and instrumentation. The architecture of the platform was designed to support future autonomous implementations.