Cy‐mag3D: a simple and miniature climbing robot with advance mobility in ferromagnetic environment

Frederic Rochat (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Patrick Schoeneich (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Barthelemy Lüthi (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Hannes Bleuler (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Roland Moser (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Francesco Mondada (Mobots Group, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques, Ecole Polytechnique, Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a novel miniature magnetic climbing robot for industrial inspection. The robot has high mobility with low complexity.

Design/methodology/approach

The robot has a miniature cylindrical shape with 28 mm of diameter and 62 mm of width. The robot has two wheels. The adhesion is achieved with an advanced magnetic circuit fixed on the frame of the robot.

Findings

From an horizontal sheet, the robot can make transition to almost any intersecting sheet from 10 to 360°. The robot passes inner and outer straight corners in almost any inclination of the gravity.

Originality/value

The novel robot opens new possibilities to use mobile robots in ferromagnetic environments with stringent size limitations, as found in power plants. The new mechanism increases mobility and opens a new avenue for inspection robotics. A patent is pending on this system.

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Citation

Rochat, F., Schoeneich, P., Lüthi, B., Bleuler, H., Moser, R. and Mondada, F. (2011), "Cy‐mag3D: a simple and miniature climbing robot with advance mobility in ferromagnetic environment", Industrial Robot, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 229-233. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439911111122716

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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