The College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) has got a patent for a multipurpose wall-climbing robot the use of duct fan mechanism for crack inspection of concrete structures.
According to CET, as in comparison to existing wall climbing mechanisms, this gives faster movement and has a better load-bearing capacity. The robot can move on the floor in addition to on the wall like an extraordinary four-wheeled vehicle.
“The inspection work of immense concrete structures can also be made faster and accurate the use of this wireless wall climbing robot instead of the tedious way for workers reaching there to examine,” said Praveen Sekhar, one of the vital students of the team that developed the prototype.
He said that the movement of the robot and the working of the payload can also be monitored with someone sitting at a distance of one km with a personal computer or even recorded and analysed at a later stage.
A working prototype is to be had at the Electronics and Communication Branch of College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
“This used to be done as a part of a last year engineering project in 2014. In 2013-14, one of the vital social causes bothering us used to be the stability of Mullaperiyar Dam. There were no low-cost mechanism to be had to examine the surface of dam for cracks developed or other damages. This gave us an idea to create something which can be utilized to the climb the walls of the dam and captured images regularly which can also be processed to retain a check on the dam and also for proper reporting of its stability,” Sekhar added.
Now, the team that developed the robot is exploring product commercialisation possibilities.