Ancelote Excavator February 02nd, 2018 - 11:08:15
Moving on the to the possible non-NASA commercial application it can be said that the same qualities of the LPE that apply to space would also attract terrestrial users or said differently us earth bound creatures. As both business and government markets rapidly expand so does the need for urban infrastructure. Using NASAs own words on the subject; Urban construction settings restrict the use of explosives to minimize damaging vibrations making mechanical methods attractive. In addition shallow tunnel construction is rapidly changing from cut-and-cover to wholly underground because excavations disrupt city traffic. Coupled with increasing population these factors enhance the market for innovatively flexible systems such as the LPE. If I could have said it better than NASA did I would have. But I couldnt so I didnt. Anyway there you have it both the past of excavators and a look at their future with the development of the Low-energy Planetary Excavator
Bucket Wheel This one comes with a large front wheel that is equipped with buckets and built-in shovels. As the wheel rotates the buckets scoop up dirt rock and transfer it to a conveyor belt. The belt then carries earth into a bin. Dragline A dragline excavator features a design similar to that of a backhoe. It includes a series of cables and lines to support the pulling motion of the bucket. The design of the excavator allows you to dig deeper than the standard backhoe. The cables and long boom also helps you to operate the excavator over wet or unstable ground. Suction This excavator uses a large diameter hose to suck earth and rocks out of the ground using vacuum technology. Due to the technology the excavator is ideal when you use it to dig around pipes and other underground objects.
In case youre now wondering what 3D and VRML or actually x3D has to do with excavators that is something we will be getting to in other articles for right now youll just have to trust that there is a fit. For now however lets get back to excavators the digging machines used for but not limited to: Digging demolition minning river dredging heavy lifting and with hydraulic attachments brush cutting. It is these same hydraulic attachments that have expanded the use of excavators far beyond their original use of excavation such as the Low-energy Planetary Excavator (LPE) proposed by NASA. The latest paper to be found on this Nasa proposal is for 2006 so the current status can only be guessed at nevertheless the concept is certainly intriguing as are the LPEs possible commercial applications.
Excavators are construction vehicles used in various construction activities like road construction for digging and the moving material on the site. They are also commonly referred to as backhoes or diggers called so because they use wire rope or a hydraulic system to dig holes and trenches. An excavator has a long boom arm that is mounted on a pivot and connected at an elbow to a stick that holds the bucket. The bucket is an attachment and can be removed and replaced by a different accessory depending on the specification of the work being done. The excavator can be used for different operations at the construction site. The cab of an excavator can rotate a full 360 degrees. For this reason another common name for an excavator is the 360 degree digger.