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Contact Area of Tires on surface

  1. Nov 14, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Hello, I am currently working on a robotics project that consists of building a self-balancing robot on a rotating cylinder. I am allowed a total surface contact area of 5 cm^2, and am currently wondering how to calculate the contact area of a whell on a surface (or curved surface at that since its balancing on a cylinder).

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I really have no idea how to do this... I was thinking about placing paint on the cylinder and then putting the robot on and seeing how much paint gets on the wheels and measuring that...
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