50 mm Ten Wheel Drive Pipe Crawler
50 mm to 90 mm diameter adjustable
Up to 30 Newtons of force
175 mm long
Compliance to ensure force at differing diameters and around bends
DC motors with proportional control
Pipes are everywhere but crawlers to go into small diameter pipes are in short supply.
This crawler is capable of going into pipes with a diameter ranging from 50 mm upwards to 90 mm. Being compliant and adjustable allows the crawler to navigate around tight bends.
To create a 10 wheel drive crawler of this size required some ingenious engineering. Each set of five wheels is driven by a single miniature motor and gearbox. Even though the system is small it generates a formidable amount of force relative to its size. This system has fewer limitations going around bends compared to tracked crawlers but less contact area to generate grip.