Fire-Fighting Robot Team. Electrical Engineer Mark Mankus Mechanical Engineers Jason Medas Joe Pye Kenny Roy Logan Trombley. Overview. Competition Challenge Scoring Design Constraints Electrical Aspect Common Challenges Last Year Adaptations Gantt Chart Questions.
Trinity College in Hartford Ct.
April 10th – 11th 2010
Team of 4 MEs and 1 EE
Team must build a totally autonomous robot.
Once turned on the robot will navigate through a simulated house.
Robot must detect a fire (candle) and extinguish it.
Extra Challenges(uneven floor, random door placement, random candle placement, furniture, return trip, etc.)
Score = Time Score x Room Factor x Operating Modes
Time Score = Total time to extinguish candle
Room Factor = Number of rooms inspected
Operating Modes = Various extra challenges activated for the trial run
Total Comp. Score= Score 1 + Score 2 + Score 3
Robot must fit inside a box with a base of 31cm x 31cm and height of 27cm
There is no limit to the robot’s mass or material used, so long as there is no danger to teams, spectators or judges.
To detect the flame and navigate through the house any form of sensors may be used.
Decide upon a microcontroller that will work well with our robot and has many I/O slots for sensors and monitors.
Program the microcontroller to control the navigation of the robot.
Program the microcontroller to analyze data and use data to move towards the fire (candle).
Getting stuck on walls, corners or doorways.
Calibrating sensors for performance (ie. knowing when the sensors give false readings)
Adaptability to different courses
4 Position Sensors
1 UV Sensor
1 Infrared Sensor
Programmed using LabView
During Competition the team set their robot to a speed, which was previously untested and as a result incurred penalties.
Unreliability of extinguisher due to calibration
Not enough time to properly test all aspects
Fabricate the robot sooner as to leave more time for trouble shooting and debugging.
Design a more accurate and reliable extinguishing device.