Analysis of a percussive bucket wheel implementation for a robotic planetary excavator

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dc.contributor Ricks, Kenneth G.
dc.contributor Haskew, Tim A.
dc.contributor Anderson, Monica D.
dc.contributor Jackson, Jeff
dc.contributor.advisor Ricks, Kenneth G. Headley, Justin Kyle 2017-03-01T17:22:33Z 2017-03-01T17:22:33Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001851
dc.identifier.other Headley_alatus_0004M_12302
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Percussive digging methods have shown to reduce excavation forces when applied in a regolith (extraterrestrial) environment. Similarly bucket wheel excavators lend themselves to be favorable for future robotic planetary or Lunar missions due to their simple construction and continuous operation. This thesis analyzes the possibility of combining these technologies and the effects they would have when implemented into a planetary rover. Specific focus is placed on electrical robustness, power systems, and autonomous operation. Contributions include an experimental prototype and a simulated power analysis. Results conclude that a percussive bucket wheel would suffer from increased power consumption while gaining the benefit of increased electrical robustness, improved autonomous operation, and reduced launch mass. Finally, future improvements are discussed and a concluding statement is provided.
dc.format.extent 96 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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dc.relation.haspart Supplementary materials include zip file of thesis presentation.
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Electrical engineering
dc.subject.other Aerospace engineering
dc.subject.other Mining engineering
dc.title Analysis of a percussive bucket wheel implementation for a robotic planetary excavator
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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