Pneumatic-Mechanical Systems in UAVs: Autonomous Power Line Sensor Unit Deployment

Nicolai Iversen*, Aljaz Kramberger, Oscar Bowen Schofield, Emad Ebeid

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have introduced benefits in many areas of the energy sector. Today, power line sensor deployment is manually executed on passive power lines using helicopters, introducing great risks, costs and difficulties for the power distribution companies and the human operators.

In this paper, we present a novel modular mechanical system utilizing pneumatic as the actuation source to deploy a sensor unit to a power line using a UAV, with aid of an autonomous alignment algorithm. The results show that the UAV can facilitate the sensor unit, and is capable of deploying it to the power line in an autonomous manner. The works leave opportunity for expanding to further applications in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
PublisherIEEE
Publication dateOct 2021
Pages548-554
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-9077-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Event2021 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021), IEEE. - Xi'an, China
Duration: 30. May 20215. Jun 2021

Conference

Conference2021 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021), IEEE.
Country/TerritoryChina
CityXi'an
Period30/05/202105/06/2021
SeriesI E E E International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN2152-4092

Keywords

  • Mechanical
  • Pneumatic
  • Autonomous
  • UAS

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