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Vehicle Design for Remote-Terrain and Rock-Crawling Application



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Preliminary Proposal for Research Vehicle Design for Remote Terrain and Rock Crawling Application To satisfy Clarkson University credit requirements for ME445 Integrated Design and HP490 Honors Thesis Joshua T Harwood October 2005 Abstract For decades there has been a desire and a need for vehicles that can perform in remote areas with exceptionally rough terrain This desire and need has come from many areas including exploration of remote regions such as the ocean bottom military reconnaissance and personnel transportation exploration of other planets personal transportation vehicles in regions with extreme weather or climactic conditions remotely operated vehicles used in places unsafe for human presence such as bomb threatened areas and more recently for recreation and competition purposes associated with rockcrawling and off road challenges This study will have two parts the first to satisfy the Clarkson University ME445 446 Integrated Design requirements and the second part an extension of that work to meet the HP490 Honors Thesis requirement The first part of the study will research design and build a prototype vehicle that employs the main design features and concepts discussed below This prototype will act as a physical proof of concept model The second part of the study will expand on the concepts and findings of the first part to design a full scale personal transportation vehicle for use in rock crawling and off road application This will be an extension of the first part in that it will integrate the geometric and physical concepts with the power and control systems that would differ on a full scale vehicle from those of a small scale prototype These systems will include a hydraulic steering control system and an internal combustion drive train system To meet the thesis requirements the design feature of most interest throughout this study will be an articulated frame center pivoted steering design Similar designs are currently in use in other vehicles



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