MAGNETIC CRAWLER VEHICLE WITH PASSIVE REAR-FACING APPARATUS

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16583754

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A robotic vehicle for traversing surfaces is provided. The vehicle is comprised of a front chassis section including a magnetic drive wheel for driving and steering the vehicle and a front support point configured to contact the surface. The vehicle also includes a rear chassis section supporting a follower wheel. The front and rear chassis sections are connected by joints including a hinge joint and a four-bar linkage. The hinge is configured to allow the trailing assembly to move side-to-side while the four-bar linkage allows the trailing assembly to move up and down relative to the front chassis. Collectively, the rear facing mechanism is configured to maintain the follower wheel in contact with and normal to the surface and also maintains the front support in contact with the surface and provides stability and maneuverability to the vehicle while traversing surfaces regardless of surface curvature and vehicle orientation.

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SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY1 EASTERN AVENUE DHAHRAN 31311

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Abdellatif, Fadl Thuwal, SA 45 26
Carrasco, Zanini Pablo Thuwal, SA 29 15
Outa, Ali Thuwal, SA 37 64
Parrott, Brian Thuwal, SA 35 54

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