Cullinane, Thomas, Kowalski, Gregory
Rescue operations performed in dangerous situations constrain the rescuers ability to succeed at performing that operation and compromise the safety of the rescuers and personnel involved. The use of a rescue robotic device to perform an evacuation increases the survivability of the victim because it can extract the injured person in settings that are deemed unsafe for other people to enter. The outlined rescue robot is an investigation into a material handling methodology for robotic human extraction and a proof-of-concept prototype that has the capability to extract a two hundred pound dummy onto its conveyor platform, provide neutral head and neck stability during the extraction process, and deliver the dummy through rough terrain and small obstacles to a desired destination. The robot is composed of two portions: iRobot's WARRIOR mobility platform and an extraction-unit called ATHENA (Automated Tele-medical Human Extraction in Near-hazardous Areas). The ATHENA portion of this rescue robot comprises of a two stage conveyor that expands and contracts in length, a head-support cushion, a lift mechanism that wedges beneath the shoulder-blades, and an extraction process that would allow for quick removal of a victim from a hazardous area.
rescue robotic devices, rescue operations
King, Matthew P. and Rapacki, Erin B., "Human Extraction Rescue Robot: Material Handling Methodology Proof-of-Concept Prototype (Athena)" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Industrial Engineering. Paper 6. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10011663
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