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Autonomous Robots

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 337–350 | Cite as

Development of Mine Hands: Extended Prodder for Protected Demining Operation

  • Naota FurihataEmail author
  • Shigeo Hirose
Article

Abstract

The over 100 million landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) are buried in disaster-affected countries.

Although significant efforts have been made at addressing this problem, few have resulted in practical removal tools, especially in the hazardous, yet essential, LV-3 survey.

We propose a mechanical master-slave hand to remove landmines and UXOs. At first, we have made a test model (Mine Hand-1) that features symmetric operation. But the consultation with expert deminers from Afghanistan suggested the need for a lightweight and simple design.

The improved model, Mine Hand-2, is 1/6th the weight, easily carried, and simpler to maintain. Through blasting experiments, which show that the Mine Hand-2 is robust for average landmines, this model is estimated to be practical.

Keywords

demining master-slave hand mechanical 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan

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