Track design for tracked robots
March 11, 2009
I am brand new to the robot hobby with questions about track profiles.
The high sided triangular track profile of Wall-E or Johnny 5 looks really good, but seems to make inefficient use of track links. Other than good looks, is there a good design reason for this profile?
Of the other general profiles available (parallelogram - WWI tanks), (rounded rectangle - Christie type WWII tanks), (inverted trapazoid - short base down), what are the relative merits in terms of efficient use of links vs. object climbing ability?
Of these, which tend to cause the most stress on the links, and which cause the least?
Thank you for your assistance.