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Center of Mass in Line Following Robot

  1. Dec 11, 2012 #1
    Hi Guys, I just want to know the effect of varying center of mass in a vehicle, specifically in a line following robot, im gonna put load on it, thus center of mass will vary, then i will study how will the varying center of mass affect the response of the line following robot, can anyone suggest possible readings/related lit for my topic? thanks a lot guys!
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2012 #2

    berkeman

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    Why would changes in the COM of the vehicle have anything to do with its ability to follow a line on the floor?
     
  4. Dec 11, 2012 #3
    Im going to vary the position of the weight on the vehicle, then locate the COM, and gather data regarding its reponse in following the line, so the main thought is that, Im going to study the effect of changing COM on the line following capability of the vehicle
     
  5. Dec 11, 2012 #4

    berkeman

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    Yes, you said all of that before. But you didn't answer my question. Unless your vehicle has some very strange suspension geometry, varying the COM should have zero effect on its line-following ability, IMO.
     
  6. Dec 22, 2012 #5
    It does not have a suspension or something like that, its a plain line following robot made of aluminum chassis, I will just gather the response time of the vehicle with different COG, the different COG will be possible through the positions of the weight that i will put on it
     
  7. Dec 22, 2012 #6

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    A different center of mass will lead to different loads on the wheels, which might influence its path if the wheels are driven with constant power or something similar.
     
  8. Dec 22, 2012 #7
    Yes Sir, I am anticipating that, and I am asking for some related readings so that I can device a better method of measuring the response time of my line following vehicle :)))
     
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