Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Sabri Tosunoglu

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Ibrahim Tansel

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Yiding Cao

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Keywords

Robotics, Autonomous, Vehicle, Swarm, Sensors, Trackless, Wireless, Controller

Date of Defense

3-30-2017

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the current state of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), sensors available for the vehicles to be equipped with, control systems for the vehicles to run on, and wireless technology to connect the whole system together. With a technological push towards increasing automation and maximizing the possible throughput of systems, automated technology needs to improve for trackless and wireless systems such as vehicles that can be used to move loads in a vast array of applications.

The goal of this research is to develop and propose improvements in both vehicle and control system design that allows for improved safety and efficiency. Right now the main issues are maneuverability of vehicles and control systems being adaptive enough to deal with connection issues between systems. While prolonged connection issues will result in a stoppage of operation of any system that relies on wireless communication, intermittent issues can also cause systems to have an emergency stop. I have looked into ways to offload tasks from the central system and allow the vehicles themselves to have more computational privileges such that they can operate in a semi-independent manner.

The result is a proposed system that remedies or limits negative effects that currently cause issues with trackless vehicles and control systems working with remote systems that communicate via wireless means.

Identifier

FIDC001803

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