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JRM Vol.28 No.3 pp. 320-327
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2016.p0320
(2016)

Paper:

Practical Applications of HORNET to Inspect Walls of Structures

Yuhei Tokura, Kohei Toba, and Yogo Takada

Mechanical and Physical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
3-3-138 Sugimoto, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 558-8585, Japan

Received:
August 20, 2015
Accepted:
March 3, 2016
Published:
June 20, 2016
Keywords:
mobile robot, operation stability, vertical wall, inspection, outdoor activity
Abstract

Practical Applications of HORNET to Inspect Walls of Structures

Photograph of HORNET catching onto a wall

During the high economic growth period in Japan, the development of new infrastructures was promoted and numerous bridges and buildings were constructed. Currently, the walls of bridges and buildings are inspected manually. This manual inspection process is expensive and time-consuming, and inspectors may be placed in dangerous situation. In this study, a robot that moves stably on a wall while maintaining a distance from the wall was developed to enable low-cost, safe inspection. Several characteristics of the robot were measured, and the possibility of using the robot in practical applications was assessed based on the measurement results.

Cite this article as:
Y. Tokura, K. Toba, and Y. Takada, “Practical Applications of HORNET to Inspect Walls of Structures,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.28, No.3, pp. 320-327, 2016.
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