Climbing Without a Vacuum Pump

Werner Brockmann, Florian Mösch


The most crucial issue with climbing robots it the question of how to achieve sufficient adhesive forces. Normally suction cups are used in combination with at least one vacuum pump. Unfortunately, weight, cost, and complexity of the robot are determined heavily by that. This paper describes how so-called passive suction cups can be used for climbing robots. They are evacuated simply by pressing them to the surface and thus simple, robust, and cheap. A simple mechanism is also sufficient to release them. Hence, climbing robots can be built simpler and cheaper as the example of the climbing robot DEXTER illustrates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimbing and Walking Robots
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-22992-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-29461-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event 7th Int. Conference Climbing and Walking Robots - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 22.09.200424.09.2004


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