Snake Robots: Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control by Pål LiljebäckSnake Robots: Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control by Pål Liljebäck

Snake Robots: Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control

byPål Liljebäck, Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen, Øyvind Stavdahl

Hardcover | June 14, 2012

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Snake Robots is a novel treatment of theoretical and practical topics related to snake robots: robotic mechanisms designed to move like biological snakes and able to operate in challenging environments in which human presence is either undesirable or impossible. Future applications of such robots include search and rescue, inspection and maintenance, and subsea operations. Locomotion in unstructured environments is a focus for this book. The text targets the disparate muddle of approaches to modelling, development and control of snake robots in current literature, giving a unified presentation of recent research results on snake robot locomotion to increase the reader's basic understanding of these mechanisms and their motion dynamics and clarify the state of the art in the field. The book is a complete treatment of snake robotics, with topics ranging from mathematical modelling techniques, through mechatronic design and implementation, to control design strategies. The development of two snake robots is described and both are used to provide experimental validation of many of the theoretical results. Snake Robots is written in a clear and easily understandable manner which makes the material accessible by specialists in the field and non-experts alike. Numerous illustrative figures and images help readers to visualize the material. The book is particularly useful to new researchers taking on a topic related to snake robots because it  provides an extensive overview of the snake robot literature and also represents a suitable starting point for research in this area.
The book is written by professors and doctoral researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The authors are also associated with SINTEF, which is a Norwegian research organization that conducts applied research for the industry. NTNU and SINTEF have had cooperating research activities related to modelling, physi...
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Title:Snake Robots: Modelling, Mechatronics, and ControlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:334 pagesPublished:June 14, 2012Publisher:Springer LondonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1447129954

ISBN - 13:9781447129950

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Table of Contents

From the Contents: Part I: Snake Robot Locomotion on Planar Surfaces.- A Complex Model of Snake Robot Locomotion.- Development of the Mechanical Snake Wheeko.- Analysis and Synthesis of Snake Robot Locomotion.- Path-following Control and Poincaré Map Analysis.- Part II: Snake Robot Locomotion in Unstructured Environments.- Introduction to Part II.- A Hybrid Model of Snake Robot Locomotion.- Development of the Mechanical Snake Kulko.

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From the reviews:"Although the first snake robot dates back to 1972 . robotics courses rarely mention them. In light of this, Snake robots constitutes a clarifying and stimulating starting point. . The authors' own research is presented in this book, and their insights enable the reader to understand the behind-the-scenes work on snake robot projects. This aspect of the book is very helpful for researchers. This book has a clear structure and can be easily followed, making it appropriate for teaching purposes." (Ramon Gonzalez Sanchez, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2012)