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Inventions 2017, 2(3), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions2030022

Development of a Bridge Inspection Robot Capable of Traveling on Splicing Parts

Department of Mechanical and Physical Engineering, Osaka City University, Osaka 558-8585, Japan
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Received: 21 July 2017 / Revised: 20 August 2017 / Accepted: 23 August 2017 / Published: 26 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Mechanism Design for Robots)
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Several infrastructures, such as bridges and tunnels, require periodic inspection and repair to prevent collapse. There is a strong demand for practical bridge inspection robots to reduce the cost and time associated with the inspection of bridges by an inspector. Bridge inspection robots are expected to pass through obstacles such as bolted splice part and right-angled routes. The aim of this study involved developing a bridge inspection robot that can travel on a right-angle path as well as splicing parts. A two-wheel-drive robot was developed and equipped with two rimless wheels as driving wheels. A neodymium magnet was provided at the tip of each spoke. Non-driving wheels were attached at the rear as a rotatable caster. The robot can turn on the spot to avoid the bolt on the splicing part. Experiments were conducted to check the performance of the robot. The results confirmed that the robot passed through the internal right-angle paths in a laboratory and in an actual environment that corresponds to a box girder of a bridge. It is extremely difficult to manually control a robot on the splicing part. Therefore, a camera and an LED (light emitting diode) were attached to autonomously control the robot. The results indicate that the newly developed robot could run through the splicing part without hitting the nuts. View Full-Text
Keywords: moving robot; bridge inspection; steel bridge; magnet; bolt; splicing part; two-wheel-driven robot; right-angle path; rimless wheel moving robot; bridge inspection; steel bridge; magnet; bolt; splicing part; two-wheel-driven robot; right-angle path; rimless wheel
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Takada, Y.; Ito, S.; Imajo, N. Development of a Bridge Inspection Robot Capable of Traveling on Splicing Parts. Inventions 2017, 2, 22.

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