Advances in Industrial Control

Snake Robots

Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control

Authors: Liljebäck, P., Pettersen, K.Y., Stavdahl, O., Gravdahl, J.T.

  • Provides the expert researcher with a unified treatment of modelling, development and control of snake robots
  • Extensive overview of the subject as a whole coupled with novel techniques represents an excellent starting point the new investigator’s involvement in snake robotics
  • Numerous illustrative figures and images combine with lucid writing style in helping the reader to visualize the subject
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About this book

Snake Robots is a novel treatment of theoretical and practical topics related to snake robots: robotic mechanisms designed to move like biological snakes and able to operate in challenging environments in which human presence is either undesirable or impossible. Future applications of such robots include search and rescue, inspection and maintenance, and subsea operations. Locomotion in unstructured environments is a focus for this book.
The text targets the disparate muddle of approaches to modelling, development and control of snake robots in current literature, giving a unified presentation of recent research results on snake robot locomotion to increase the reader’s basic understanding of these mechanisms and their motion dynamics and clarify the state of the art in the field. The book is a complete treatment of snake robotics, with topics ranging from mathematical modelling techniques, through mechatronic design and implementation, to control design strategies. The development of two snake robots is described and both are used to provide experimental validation of many of the theoretical results.
Snake Robots is written in a clear and easily understandable manner which makes the material accessible by specialists in the field and non-experts alike. Numerous illustrative figures and images help readers to visualize the material. The book is particularly useful to new researchers taking on a topic related to snake robots because it  provides an extensive overview of the snake robot literature and also represents a suitable starting point for research in this area.

About the authors

The book is written by professors and doctoral researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The authors are also associated with SINTEF, which is a Norwegian research organization that conducts applied research for the industry. NTNU and SINTEF have had cooperating research activities related to modelling, physical implementation, and control of snake robots since 2001. Over these years, our research group has acquired a leading role within this field with numerous publications in peer-reviewed conferences and top-ranked international journals. The research activity has resulted in the development of several snake robots which have attracted much national and international attention, and has also helped establish and strengthen relations with key research communities working with snake robots in Japan, USA, and the Netherlands. Nonlinear control of mechanical systems, which includes snake robot research, has been the main research activity by the research group of the authors for several decades with excellent results.

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“The monograph presents also the author’s own research and development in the field, which cover the full spectrum of mathematical modeling control design simulation studies and experimental demonstrator prototypes. … the intended audience for the present book consists of graduate students, Ph.D. students and scientists with an interest in robotics and control, specially in control and technology of snake robots or underactuated systems in general.” (Clementina Mladenova, zbMATH, Vol. 1291, 2014)

“Although the first snake robot dates back to 1972 … robotics courses rarely mention them. In light of this, Snake robots constitutes a clarifying and stimulating starting point. … The authors’ own research is presented in this book, and their insights enable the reader to understand the behind-the-scenes work on snake robot projects. This aspect of the book is very helpful for researchers. This book has a clear structure and can be easily followed, making it appropriate for teaching purposes.” (Ramon Gonzalez Sanchez, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2012)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Liljebäck, Pål (et al.)

    Pages 1-36

  • A Complex Model of Snake Robot Locomotion on Planar Surfaces

    Liljebäck, Pål (et al.)

    Pages 39-54

  • Development of a Mechanical Snake Robot for Motion Across Planar Surfaces

    Liljebäck, Pål (et al.)

    Pages 55-61

  • Analysis and Synthesis of Snake Robot Locomotion

    Liljebäck, Pål (et al.)

    Pages 63-87

  • Path Following Control and Analysis of Snake Robots Based on the Poincaré Map

    Liljebäck, Pål (et al.)

    Pages 89-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Snake Robots
Book Subtitle
Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Industrial Control
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-2996-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-2996-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-2995-0
Series ISSN
1430-9491
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 317
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