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Multi-Robot Cyber Physical System for Sensing Environmental Variables of Transmission Line

by Fei Fan 1,*, Gongping Wu 1,*, Man Wang 1, Qi Cao 2 and Song Yang 2
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School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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State Grid Jilin Electric Power Co., Ltd., Baishan Power Company, Baishan 134300, China
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Sensors 2018, 18(9), 3146; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18093146
Received: 11 August 2018 / Revised: 7 September 2018 / Accepted: 15 September 2018 / Published: 18 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Grid Networks and Energy Cyber Physical Systems)
The normal operation of a power grid largely depends on the effective monitoring and maintenance of transmission lines, which is a process that has many challenges. The traditional method of the manual or remote inspection of transmission lines is time-consuming, laborious, and inefficient. To address this problem, a novel method has been proposed for the Multi-Robot Cyber Physical System (MRCPS) of a power grid based on inspection robots, a wireless sensor network (WSN), and multi-agent theory to achieve a low-cost, efficient, fault-tolerant, and remote monitoring of power grids. For the sake of an effective monitoring system for smart grids, the very research is conducted focusing on designing a methodology that will realize the efficient, fault-tolerant, and financial balance of a multi-robot team for monitoring transmission lines. Multiple testing scenarios are performed, in which various aspects are explored so as to determine the optimal parameters balancing team performance and financial cost. Furthermore, multi-robot team communication and navigation control in smart grid environments are introduced. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-robot; multi-agent; cyber physical system; team/coalition formation; WSN; inspection robot; transmission lines monitoring; smart grid multi-robot; multi-agent; cyber physical system; team/coalition formation; WSN; inspection robot; transmission lines monitoring; smart grid
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Fan, F.; Wu, G.; Wang, M.; Cao, Q.; Yang, S. Multi-Robot Cyber Physical System for Sensing Environmental Variables of Transmission Line. Sensors 2018, 18, 3146.

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