Stair Climbing, Tracks and how well they work on carpet!
July 20, 2012
I am designing a robot that will be able to climb stairs in a similar method to a packBot.
However it is designed exclisvly for indoor use, which means carpets!
From my reasearch the basic impression i get is that i need smooth tracks with not much friction to be able to turn effectivly while on the flat. However when it comes to being able to climb stairs i will need tracks with large treads. Obviously two ends of the spectrum so somehow i need to find a balance!
I can't find any documented information about the use of tracks on carpet so i wondered if anyone here has any insights about the trade off, design tips stories from experience etc. I would also apreciate the same about stair climbing in general.
As it is likey to be suggested, due to other design contraints no i can't use a different method of climbing stairs. ;)
Also if anyone knows of a good supplier of tracks or a way to make tracks that are thin, about 25mm wide and not very bulky let me know!