Low Mounting Bogie Suspension

Low Mounting Bogie Suspension

Bogie suspension is a special heavy duty suspension which can be over load for many times than its capacity , it’s popular in Middle East where is abundant in mineral resouces , such as oil , coal, etc . And this suspension is suitable for the terrible rod condition . Low mounting bogie...

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Bogie suspension is a special heavy duty suspension which can be over load for many times than its capacity , it’s popular in Middle East where is abundant in mineral resouces , such as oil , coal, etc . And this suspension is suitable for the terrible rod condition .

Low mounting bogie suspension is a kind of this suspension without assembly plate.


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The rocker-bogie design has no springs or stub axles for each wheel, allowing the rover to climb over obstacles, such as rocks, that are up to twice the wheel's diameter in size while keeping all six wheels on the ground. As with any suspension system, the tilt stability is limited by the height of the center of gravity. Systems using springs tend to tip more easily as the loaded side yields. Based on the center of mass, the Curiosity rover of the Mars Science Laboratory mission can withstand a tilt of at least 45 degrees in any direction without overturning, but automatic sensors limit the rover from exceeding 30-degree tilts.The system is designed to be used at slow speed of around 10 centimetres per second (3.9 in/s) so as to minimize dynamic shocks and consequential damage to the vehicle when surmounting sizable obstacles.

JPL states that this rocker bogie system reduces the motion of the main MER vehicle body by half compared to other suspension systems. Each of the rover's six wheels has an independent motor. The two front and two rear wheels have individual steering motors which allow the vehicle to turn in place. Each wheel also has cleats, providing grip for climbing in soft sand and scrambling over rocks. The maximum speed of the robots operated in this way is limited to eliminate as many dynamic effects as possible so that the motors can be geared down, thus enabling each wheel to individually lift a large portion of the entire vehicle's mass.

In order to go over a vertical obstacle face, the front wheels are forced against the obstacle by the center and rear wheels. The rotation of the front wheel then lifts the front of the vehicle up and over the obstacle. The middle wheel is then pressed against the obstacle by the rear wheels and pulled against the obstacle by the front until it is lifted up and over. Finally, the rear wheel is pulled over the obstacle by the front two wheels. During each wheel's traversal of the obstacle, forward progress of the vehicle is slowed or completely halted. This is not an issue for the operational speeds at which these vehicles have been operated to date.

One of the future applications of rovers will be to assist astronauts during surface operations. To be a useful assistant, the rover will need to be able to move much faster than human walking speed or at least equivalent. Other missions which have been proposed, such as the Sun-Synchronous Lunar Rover, require even greater speeds (4–10 km/h).


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