Author: ŠIME GRBIĆ
Menthor: ŽELJKO ŠITUM
Association: Udruga inovatora FSB
web page: www.uifsb.hr
Compressed air as a source of energy attracts the constant attention of scientists and engineers, especially in the case of mobile systems in terms of ecological fuel in vehicles with pneumatic drive. Artificial pneumatic muscle, resulting from interdisciplinary research in the field of robot manipulators and biological systems, is an interesting choice of actuator type to be used for autonomous vehicle operation.
Numerous companies and research groups at universities around the world are developing mobile autonomous systems with different goals and motives of research. Mobile systems with alternative drives, advanced management and management capabilities in unstructured environments are one of the most demanding tasks of modern technology. This highly interdisciplinary area encompasses the synthesis of mechanical, electronic, control and programming engineering, and is one of the most complex and most interesting engineering tasks. The constructed autonomous vehicle comprises the above-mentioned tendencies.
A four-wheel vehicle prototype that uses pneumatic muscles as a vehicle actuator is designed and constructed. Electronic circuits and wireless motion control software have been developed with the ability to overcome obstacles. Scalable design of vehicles of larger dimensions would allow environmentally-friendly transport of goods of limited scope.