Cable-Climbing Robots for Power Line Inspection (2009)
Power transmission line inspection is of utmost importance for power companies towards having sustainable electricity supply to vast number of customers in major industries as well as households in a city. Inspection provides valuable data from status of the line, thus helps line engineers to plan for necessary repair or replacement works before any major damages which may result in outage. Constant energy supply to the customers requires performing all the inspection tasks without de-energizing the line, so live line inspection methods are of the most interest to power companies. These companies perform patrol inspection mainly using helicopters equipped with infrared and corona cameras to detect observable physical damages as well as some internal deterioration to the line and line equipment. However, aerial inspection is costly and always there is a risk of contact with live lines and loss of life. Moreover, there are some critical specifications of the line such as internal corrosion of steel reinforced aluminium conductors that should be inspected precisely from close distances to the line that are not accessible by a mobile platform such as a helicopter or even an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Hence, power companies have endeavored to make especial cable-climbing robots to accomplish inspection tasks from close distances to the hot line. Thanks to technological advances, utilizing robots as reliable substitutes for human beings in hazardous environments such as live lines has become possible. For many tasks requiring high precision over a long period of time, robots even do their job better than human operators. However, power companies have mainly focused on automating inspection tasks more willingly than making autonomous systems to perform repair works on the live line due to the fact that repair works are often complex to be accomplished by a robot.
CitationNayyerloo, M., Chen, X.Q., Wang, W.H. and Chase, G. (2009) Cable-Climbing Robots for Power Line Inspection. In XiaoQi Chen (Ed.). Mobile Robots – State of the Art in Land, Sea, Air, and Collaborative Missions (pp. 63-84). Vienna: I-Tech Education and Publishing.
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