ASTM WK21819

    New Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Energy/Power: Endurance Tasks: Confined Area Terrains: Continuous Pitch/Roll Ramps

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.08 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard specifies a set of test methods for evaluating the performance of the power and energy subsystem of remotely controlled, battery-powered ground robots conducting urban search and rescue (US&R) operations. This standard provides a basis for performance comparisons on such power and energy capability among such robots through the metrics as specified in this standard and through statistically significant repetitions of the testing. This standard specifies sets of test apparatus that can be adjusted to simulate various US&R environmental conditions that may affect power consumption. The robot is to be evaluated on the criteria of battery runtime, sustainment and state-of-charge (SOC) indication. There is currently no such standard for evaluating the energy storage and power delivery capabilities of remotely controlled, battery-powered ground robots conducting US&R operations. 1.2 This standard is designed to be reproducible and objective and shall be performed in the laboratory or field as specified in this standard. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all safety concerns associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and conform to all the applicable regulations prior to use. The robots shall not be operated in a potentially unsafe testing environment when humans are present, including, but not exclusive to the following conditions: it is too dark to see the robots, it is a closed-door or air-tight testing laboratory, when the robots or associated equipment can generate exhaust gas, and when the robot may flip over or slide and hit the humans. Humans shall be cleared of these potentially unsafe environments before the test can be conducted.

    This standard is needed because there currently is no formal way of measuring the power and energy subsystems of robots applied to urban search and rescue. This standard would be used by federal, state, and local agencies to help them make purchasing decisions. It would also be used by robot manufacturers to better understand the requirements for applying robots in the field.


    Urban Search and Rescue, Robots, Endurance, Power, Energy, Battery-powered.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Karl Reichard

    Draft Under Development