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A review of indoor-orbital electrical inspection robots in substations

Lijun Dong (School of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China)
Naichao Chen (School of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China)
Jiawen Liang (State Grid Gansu Electric Power Company, Lanzhou, China)
Tingting Li (State Grid Gansu Electric Power Company, Lanzhou, China)
Zhanlin Yan (State Grid Gansu Electric Power Company, Lanzhou, China)
Bing Zhang (State Grid Gansu Electric Power Company, Lanzhou, China)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 2 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to provide an in-depth understanding about the indoor-orbital electrical inspection robot, which is useful for motivating the further investigation on the inspection of electrical equipment. Currently, electric energy has a strong correlation with the economic development of the country. Intelligent substations play an important role in the transmission and distribution of the electricity; the maintenance of the substation has attracted intensive attention due to the requirement of reliability and safety. The indoor-orbital electrical inspection robot has increasingly become the main tool to realize the unmanned. Hence, a systematic review is conducted systematically reviewing the current technical status of the indoor-orbital electrical inspection robot and discuss the existed problems.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the most essential achievements in the field of indoor-orbital electrical inspection robots were reported to present the current status, and the mechanical structures and key inspective technologies were also discussed.

Findings

Four recommendations are provided from the analyzed review, which have made constructive comments on the overall structural design, functionality, intelligence and future development direction of the indoor-orbital electrical inspection robot, respectively.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first systematic review study on indoor-orbital electrical inspection robots; it fills the theoretical gap and proffers design ideas and directions for the development of the indoor-orbital electrical inspection robot.

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Acknowledgements

This work is supported by State Grid Gansu Company Grant No. 522713200CY, Capacity Building Projects in Local Universities of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality Grant No. 19020500900 and Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality Grant No. 19DZ2271100.

Citation

Dong, L., Chen, N., Liang, J., Li, T., Yan, Z. and Zhang, B. (2022), "A review of indoor-orbital electrical inspection robots in substations", Industrial Robot, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-06-2022-0162

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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