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Self-Repairing Process in Self-Reconfigurable Robots Based on Geometrical Characteristics

[+] Author Affiliations
Yanqiong Fei

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Xin Zhang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Paper No. DETC2011-47198, pp. 583-588; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Self-reconfigurable modular robot consists of many identical modules. By changing the connections among modules, the structure of the robot can flexibly change into many other structures. First, the module is designed which can finish the self-repairing action and its disconnection/connection mechanism is analyzed. Second, a distributed self-repairing process based on the geometrical characters of the modular robot is presented. The method of the Breadth-First-Search and the Depth-First-Search is applied to look for a locomotion path by which a faulty module is ejected and replaced by a spare module. The method can be used to show the self-repairing task of most lattice-type modular robots. It’s effective to solve large numbers of computing problems when the faulty module is inside a large-scale system. At last, a simulation of (2 × 4 + 1)3 modules shows the feasibility and effectiveness of the self-repairing method in the self-reconfigurable robot.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Maintenance , Robots



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