Maintenance robot for wind power blade cleaning

Minseok Jeon, Byunggon Kim, Sora Park, Daehie Hong

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Abstract

Purpose: Recently, wind power systems have increased in size as a function of economics of scale and they have become large offshore complexes. Approaching a wind power blade is very hard because not only are the blades set up at the sea but also the winds are very high. Nowadays wind power blades are cleaned by people using ropes and a small water jet. The operation is dangerous and inefficient. Therefore, we need a robot for blade maintenance. Method: In order to keep the wind power system reliably in operation, both the moving robot mechanism on the blade's curved surface and the bladeclean-up mechanism for maintenance repair are needed. The moving robot mechanism on the blade's curved surface looks like INCHWorm, and it can move vertically on the blade. The vertical moving robot is loaded with a clean-up robotic mechanism. The blade clean-up mechanism on the vertical moving robot can clean the blade surface using a water jet, and brush. The water jet sprinkles water on the blade and cleans the surfaces. The brush moves horizontally and cleans the blade curve surface. Results & Discussion: This paper suggests the blade-clean-up mechanism robot for maintenance of wind power blades. Not only is this robot automatically workable for blade cleaning, but it also saves time.

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event29th International Symposium of Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2012 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 2012 Jun 262012 Jun 29

Other

Other29th International Symposium of Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2012
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period12/6/2612/6/29

Keywords

  • Cleaning
  • Maintenance
  • Robot
  • Rotor blade
  • Wind power system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Modelling and Simulation

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    Jeon, M., Kim, B., Park, S., & Hong, D. (2012). Maintenance robot for wind power blade cleaning. Paper presented at 29th International Symposium of Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2012, Eindhoven, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.22260/isarc2012/0081