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Title: Modular robot

Abstract

A modular robot may comprise a main body having a structure defined by a plurality of stackable modules. The stackable modules may comprise a manifold, a valve module, and a control module. The manifold may comprise a top surface and a bottom surface having a plurality of fluid passages contained therein, at least one of the plurality of fluid passages terminating in a valve port located on the bottom surface of the manifold. The valve module is removably connected to the manifold and selectively fluidically connects the plurality of fluid passages contained in the manifold to a supply of pressurized fluid and to a vent. The control module is removably connected to the valve module and actuates the valve module to selectively control a flow of pressurized fluid through different ones of the plurality of fluid passages in the manifold. The manifold, valve module, and control module are mounted together in a sandwich-like manner and comprise a main body. A plurality of leg assemblies are removably connected to the main body and are removably fluidically connected to the fluid passages in the manifold so that each of the leg assemblies can be selectively actuated by the flow of pressurized fluidmore » in different ones of the plurality of fluid passages in the manifold. 12 figs.« less

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Tech Co
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
563718
Patent Number(s):
5,685,383
Application Number:
PAN: 8-502,449; TRN: 98:002122
Assignee:
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States) PTO; SCA: 420203; PA: EDB-98:015712; SN: 98001896363
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 11 Nov 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; ROBOTS; MODULAR STRUCTURES; DESIGN; VALVES; CONTROL SYSTEMS; FLUID FLOW

Citation Formats

Ferrante, T.A. Modular robot. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Ferrante, T.A. Modular robot. United States.
Ferrante, T.A. Tue . "Modular robot". United States.
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