In Fall of 2017 I took the Mechanical Engineering Design and Methodology course, as a precursor to Senior Design the next semester. This course was structured to teach methods through hands-on design work for a project throughout the semester. The project for this semester was to create a fire rescue robot with the goal of entering a high-temperature environment and locating an injured pet. We used several concept generation methods to brainstorm subsystems for the three main subsystems: thermal protection, movement, and control. The leading concepts for each of these systems was then prototyped and integrated together to create a beta prototype of the full vehicle. The robot was placed in a 90 degree Celcius oven to test it’s performance in high temperature environment. Afterwards the robot was placed in a dark room, and was remote controlled to identify the pet based off the heat differential between it and the ambient temperature.
The full report describing the robot in detail and the design methodology behind it is linked here. Linked above is a video showing the operation of the robot from the client page and the robot itself in use. The software used to control the robot is hosted on Github here.