Vibratory Locomotion

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H. A. Gaberson, P. L. Stone

Civil Engineering Laboratory, U. S. Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif.

J. Eng. Ind 96(2), 644-652 (May 01, 1974) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438376 History: Received June 06, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


A new method for accomplishing land locomotion by vibrating a mass attached to a skid has been developed. The mass oscillates in an inclined direction, upward and forward, downward and backward. On the up-forward stroke it lifts the skid and pulls it forward; on the down-backward stroke it pushes the skid into the ground and the increased friction inhibits backslide. The paper presents the essentials of the theory of operation, a design chart, and reports on experiments with test skids.

Copyright © 1974 by ASME
Topics: Friction , Design
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