An Experimental Method to Calculate Coefficient of Friction in Mecanum Wheel Rollers and Cost Analysis Using DFMA Techniques
Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Sathya Gangadharan
First Committee Member
Dr. Birce Dikici
Second Committee Member
Dr. Ilteris Demirkiran
Mecanum wheel is a special kind of omni-directional wheel which is designed for robot vehicles. The purpose of this thesis is to work on geometry and working of Mecanum wheel rollers and to conduct experiments on these rollers to find its values of coefficient of friction in different conditions. This thesis also includes the work conducted to formulate the equations which can be used to find different parameters of roller for its motion, kinematics, rolling, friction and overall impact with respect to the working of a robot. The work is tested in experiments and the values are compared with previous research values to validate the data. At the end, the derived components are tested in DFM (Design for Manufacturing) and DFA (Design for Assembly) to calculate all possible cost factors in manufacturing and assembly of rollers. This research is done with the support of a company called Helical Robots. Helical Robots is a leading manufacturer of Mecanum wheels and robots.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Sonawane, Nishant, "An Experimental Method to Calculate Coefficient of Friction in Mecanum Wheel Rollers and Cost Analysis Using DFMA Techniques" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses. 250.