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A Cable-tunnel Inspecting Robot for Dangerous Environment

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Author(s): Fu Zhuang | Chen Zupan | Zheng Chao | Zhao Yanzheng

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
ISSN 1729-8806

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Mobile robot | Online inspection | Cable tunnel | Mechanial design

ABSTRACT
This paper presents a kind of mobile robot used for inspecting the cable tunnel online in the dangerous environment. Usually, the calble tunnel is full of poisonous gases after fire, such as CO,CH4, CO2 and so on. Then, the mobile robot is able to tell us whether the tunnel environment is safe or not. In this paper the architecture of the robot is designed at first to meet the motion requirement in the tunnel. These characteristics distinguish the mobile robot from others like compact structure,small size,little weight and easily being carried. Next, the moving mechanism and its kinematics are described. And thus, the operating procedure and experiments are introuduced to validate its reliablity.
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