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Excavators are engineering vehicles which are primarily used for the purpose of digging trenches holes or foundations. They are also used for other purposes such as demolition lifting and placing heavy materials especially pipes for mining( not open pit mining) river dredging landscaping. These can be used for brush cuttings aided with hydraulic attachments. Because excavators are used for the purpose of digging people usually use the term excavators for all kind of digging equipments. Actual excavators have an articulated arm a bucket and a cab mounted on a rotating platform known as a pivot. This platform is on top of an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. The design is basically derived from steam shovels.
An excavator can either be mounted on wheels or on tracks. These are used to facilitate for its mobility and are used in different environments. Track hoes are the type of excavators that are mounted on tracks. Excavators are not only used in construction industries but can also be used in the mining industry and also for lifting heavy loads. Other common uses of excavators include; river dredging demolition landscaping and also material handling. Excavators come in different types and sizes depending on the different jobs they can be employed on. Small excavators are commonly called mini or compact excavators and often come equipped with a bulldozer blade at the front. The smallest type of mini excavators is capable of fitting through a doorway. In contrast the largest type of excavators can weigh an amazing 180000 lbs. Compact excavators can be found in 2 distinct types namely the tail swing and zero tail swing models. Conventionally all compact excavators were tail swing models and had an attached rear counterweight to prevent them from tipping while digging.
Excavator Arm: The arm is attached to the lower part of the frame chassis and has two main sections that are joined with a hinge. The sections have pistons that move them. When the first piston extends the rod pushes against the arm and raises it thus extending the section. The second arm then contracts and expands thus raising and lowering the second section. To help the excavator to scoop and dig the arm has a bucket loader. Tracks They are rigid and fixed in one place. The tracks are stationed around a series of gears that turn after receiving power from the drive shaft that is connected to the engine. When the tracks are in gear they roll the excavator backward and forward in a straight line.
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