Active Translatory Drive System with Docking Capability for UAV Power Line Inspection

Yuyan Wang*, Hannibal Paul, Ryo Miyazaki, Ricardo Rosales Martinez, Takamasa Kominami, Robert Ladig, Kazuhiro Shimonomura

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Abstract

This paper proposes a mechanical system that can easily engage, disengage and move along a cable, such as a power line or similar objects. The system is attached on top of a multi-rotor UAV and used to suspend the UAV from a cable. The device moves along the cable by using two actuators that drive the sheaves of the mechanical pillar, enabling power-efficient movement along the cable. This significantly increases the deployment duration for a UAV used in a possible inspection task. The targeted usage case for this work is the assistance of inspection personnel of power lines to monitor and inspect high-altitude cables on a daily basis. The ability to suspend a UAV from a cable and operate it from the ground would minimize the risk of injury due to falling and also avoid the risk of electric shock compared to traditional manual inspection methods. The mechanical system is developed with the goal of a simple structure, low cost and ease of operation in mind. The effectiveness and reliability of the system is analysed and attested in field experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2022
Pages689-694
ISBN (Electronic)9781665413084
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2022 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 11. Jul 202215. Jul 2022

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CitySapporo
Period11/07/202215/07/2022
SeriesIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
Volume2022-July

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