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A Power Line Inspector Device

By Brendan Gates

Abstract

The goal of this project is to create a functional power line inspection device which could replace the old inspection method of using helicopters. This microchip based robotic device is able to ride along a conductor and send video feed, encoder readouts, and temperature measurements to the user. The user operating system consists of an LCD screen, two potentiometers for motor control, and a screen to display video feed. Achieved specifications include a battery lifetime of 1 hour and 45 minutes, distance measurements within 1 inch, and temperature accuracy within 2 °C. This thesis includes a brief discussion on previous methods and robots, theory of operation, design summaries, and a compilation of the final results

Topics: power lines, power line inspection, power line inspection device, Electrical and Electronics, Electronic Devices and Semiconductor Manufacturing, Other Electrical and Computer Engineering, Power and Energy
Publisher: DigitalCommons@UMaine
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu:honors-1100
Provided by: University of Maine

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