Technical question about ramp balancing
Posted by Matt Berube at 1/7/2001 6:43 PM EST
Engineer on team #49, Delphi Knights, from Buena Vista High School and Delphi Automotive.
Maybe you guys can tell me if I am way off base.
It seems to me that the ramp is kinda like a reverse pendulum with the majority of it's mass above the pivot location. I have heard a lot of people say that the ramp will be easier to balance with the robot on it. I think this will make the ramp/robot/goals system much more unstable because it will cause the center of mass to be farther above the pivot point.
I think the best way to balance the ramp with the goals on it would be to grab the ramp from the floor, lift it to it's middle position, then push the goals with some kind of arm untill they are close to the middle. The final step is to cross your fingers and let go of the ramp.