What changes are specific to mecanum wheels when calculating torque requirements for a vehicle? I have the vehicle's mass, top speed and acceleration data.

  • $\begingroup$ if you are familiar with torque for general wheels, then why are mecanum wheels different - and how would you then account for the changes? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 6:52
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking that due to the orientation of wheels the torque requirement would change. I need to find out what would be the torque While moving sideways and turning $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 19:14

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An ideal Mecanum Wheel does not transfer all the torque towards the motion, unlike an ideal normal wheel.

The torque for one Mecanum wheel can be calculated using the formula :

T = ((mxa)/4√2)xr

where m is the mass in kg that needs to be carried by the Mecanum system, a is the acceleration of the system, and r is the radius of the Mecanum wheel.

  • $\begingroup$ A reference for the equation would improve this answer. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 7:21

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