Self-contained capsubot propulsion mechanism

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Authors: Huda, M.N., Yu, H.N. and Wane, S.O.

Journal: International Journal of Automation and Computing

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 348-356

eISSN: 1751-8520

ISSN: 1476-8186

DOI: 10.1007/s11633-011-0591-3

In this paper, a self contained capsubot (capsule robot) propulsion mechanism is investigated. The proposed capsubot works on the principle of internal force-static friction. A modified linear DC motor is used to drive the capsubot. A novel acceleration profile is proposed for the moving part (linear cylinder) based on the principle. A significant feature of the proposed capsubot is that it is legless, wheelless, and trackless. The developed capsubot with a proposed propulsion mechanism demonstrates a very good average velocity. The propulsion mechanism has the potential to be used for the propulsion of a wireless-controlled self-propelling capsule endoscope. Simulation and experimental results demonstrate the performance of the self-contained capsubot with the proposed acceleration profile. © 2011 Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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