Robots to the rescue

Written by: Tim Fryer | Published:

A miniaturised rescue robot is being developed by a team of eight final year engineering students at the University of Warwick. The Miniature Urban Search and Rescue (M-USAR) robot is designed to investigate areas that are too dangerous or inaccessible for rescue personnel.

The team is being sponsored by maxon motors, who supplies the two EC – 4 pole 22 90W brushless motors that drive the robots. Each motor is connected to a GP 32 C planetary gearhead offering a 123:1 reduction in motor output speed. This generates the required torque to allow the robot to negotiate difficult obstacles. The high motor efficiency (88%) makes maximum use of the available battery power.

The students each bring different backgrounds to the project, including students on degree streams from Electrical and Systems Engineering to Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering.

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