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ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

  • Special Issue: Selected Papers From IDETC-CIE 2020
    by Ben-Tzvi P, Notash L, Voglewede P. on May 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    This special issue of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics is a compendium of 25 of the best papers submitted and presented at the 44th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference during the 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2020).

Topological Reconfiguration Planning for a Variable Topology Truss

Abstract

This paper introduces a new class of self-reconfigurable robot: the variable topology truss (VTT), which is an extension of an existing class of robots: the variable geometry truss (VGT). Variable topology trusses have the additional capability to change the topology of the truss through self-reconfiguration by merging and splitting the nodes of the truss. We first introduce a hardware platform that enables this reconfigurability. We give a procedure to compute all possible distinct reconfiguration actions for a given robot topology. We show that 18 members are required for a minimal reconfigurable VTT, and we exhaustively enumerate all possible reconfigurable topologies for VTTs up to 29 members. Lastly, we introduce the topology network, which describes the relationship between these reconfigurable topologies. The topology network concept enables some high-level planning and provides insights into the design of truss topologies.
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