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Dynamic Network Topology Control of Branch-Trimming Robot for Transmission Lines

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School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073, China
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State Grid Jilin Electric Power Co., Ltd., Baishan Power Company, Baishan 134300, China
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Electronics 2019, 8(5), 549; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8050549
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 2 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
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Abstract

With the development of engineering technology, the distributed design-based Branch-Trimming Robot (BTR) has been used to ensure the power supply security of transmission lines. However, it remains difficult to combine distributed BTRs with a wireless sensor network to build an efficient multi-robot system. To achieve this combination, a dynamic network topology control method was proposed, combining the motion characteristics of robots with the structure of a distributed wireless sensor network. In addition, a topology-updating mechanism based on node signal strength was adopted as well. To achieve efficient data transmission for distributed multi-robot systems, the present study focused on the design of a distributed network model and a dynamic network topology control strategy. Several simulation and test scenarios were implemented, and the changes of network performance under different parameters were studied. Furthermore, the real scene-based dynamic topology control method considers the relationship between network performance and antenna layout.
Keywords: topology control; branch-trimming robot; wireless sensor network; multi-robot; distributed system; IoT systems; transmission line topology control; branch-trimming robot; wireless sensor network; multi-robot; distributed system; IoT systems; transmission line
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Wang, M.; Wu, G.; Fan, F.; Ji, Q.; He, W.; Cao , Q. Dynamic Network Topology Control of Branch-Trimming Robot for Transmission Lines. Electronics 2019, 8, 549.

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