Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


Thomas Mackin


The objective of this project was to design, construct and test a wall climbing vehicle which uses a novel vacuum tread system for both adhesion and locomotion. The design and manufacturing of this proof of concept vehicle is detailed with particular emphasis on the design decisions that proved most impactful to the performance of both the vehicle and the tread system. Adhesion performance was characterized by a series of tests that validate the concept, but also identify improvements and design recommendations for future embodiments of the adhesion/locomotion system.

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Final Solidworks Models

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PDF Drawings of Final Components

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All Project Solidworks Models. Includes Solidworks Drawings and Simulations (1541954 kB)
Videos of Vehicle Operation