SUBJECT: Ph.D. Proposal Presentation
BY: Arnoldo Gerardo Castro Castro
TIME: Friday, July 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
PLACE: Love Building, 295
TITLE: Traction dynamics and control of two wheeled inverted pendulum transporters
COMMITTEE: Dr. William Singhose, Co-Chair (ME)
Dr. Khalid Sorensen, Co-Chair (PaR Systems)
Dr. Thomas Kurfess (ME)
Dr. Michael Leamy (ME)
Dr. David G Taylor (ECE)


A class of personal transporters based on Two-wheeled inverted-pendulum machines has emerged as alternative transportation system for urban and indoor environments. However, these machines are inherently unstable. Typical use conditions can lead to very unstable and dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the control system does not attempt to stabilize the system laterally, which creates a greater hazard for the user.

In this work a vehicle and user model will be developed to investigate the potential operating parameters that can cause failure during normal use. This model will aim to provide a more thorough description of the wheel-ground interaction and the dynamics of a human rider than other previous works.

The models will also serve as a test platform for a testing traction control methods that have not typically been used in these devices and that can ameliorate the dangers associated with wheel slipping and lateral instability. The proposed control methods will also be experimentally tested.