Date of Award

January 2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

James Eric Dietz

Committee Member 1

Eric Matson

Committee Member 2

John Springer

Committee Member 3

Gozdem Kilaz

Abstract

The battery management systems for firefighting robots are intended to enable firefighting robots to increase operating time and to effectively extinguish a fire while managing the amount of water in a fire hose and cooperating sub-robots. To increase the operating time by managing the traction power of the firefighting robot, a novel automatic T-valve device and sub-robots were designed and added to fire hoses. The main goal of the battery management systems for firefighting robots is to lower the weight of the fire hose and to increase traction power by working with sub-robots. Whenever a firefighting robot wants to move to other spaces, the battery management systems will remove the water from fire hoses and draw the empty fire hoses by using sub-robots; thus, they are able to help the main firefighting robot to carry lighter hoses and to operate for a longer time. As a result, the battery management systems for firefighting robots enable the firefighting robot to successfully extinguish a fire for a longer time and to efficiently reach the desired destinations. The demonstration will be modeled by a computer simulation program, called AnyLogic®, which can model a fire and fire areas and apply the battery management systems to robots in each fire site.

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