Title page for ETD etd-01042004-143458

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fleming, Michael Ryals
URN etd-01042004-143458
Title Teleoperated Control of Hydraulic Equipment for Hazardous Material Handling
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Chair
Robertshaw, Harry H. Committee Member
Wicks, Alfred L. Committee Member
  • Hydraulics
  • Teleoperate
  • Remote Control
  • Excavator
  • LabVIEW
  • Hazardous Material
Date of Defense 2003-12-04
Availability unrestricted
Traditionally, teleoperation has been an expensive and lengthy process. This thesis shows that by incorporating off-the-shelf technology into a modular design, teleoperation can be developed rapidly and inexpensively. Within six months and a hardware cost of $20k, a group of Virginia Tech students and faculty converted a Case CX-160 excavator to teleoperated control. With full wireless functionality of the excavator’s six degrees-of-freedom, ignition, and remote cameras at 3000 ft., the teleoperated design meets or exceeds customer demands. For over a year, the teleoperated excavator has demonstrated effectiveness, robustness, and durability in multiple unexploded ordnance (UXO) site remediation projects.
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