Design of a prototype power line inspection robot
Du Plessis, N.W.
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The purpose of this paper is to provide the design of a prototype power line inspection robot for the monitoring of Eskom transmission lines. It should also determine if an inspection robot would be a feasible solution to aid Eskom in monitoring their lines for potential problems and should also determine if it would be a viable financial choice to implement an inspection robot as to their current inspection methods. The designed prototype robot must be capable of balancing on a transmission line wire, should be capable of driving on it and to manoeuvre past certain obstacles that are found on a transmission line. Tests were done to ensure that the robot is capable of performing these tasks and other relevant tasks. The main reason for the prototype is to ensure a future development platform for an inspection robot. In return it would result in a cost effective, easy to maintain and a safer environment for the inspection staff