JRM Vol.35 No.4 pp. 1053-1062
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2023.p1053


A Two-Step Fire Blanket Release Mechanism for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Photchara Ratsamee*1 ORCID Icon, Thanarat Hanwong*2, Harn Sison*3 ORCID Icon, and Kaned Thungod*4,*5,† ORCID Icon

*1Faculty of Robotics and Design, Osaka Institute of Technology
1-45 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8568, Japan

*2Metro Corporation
5-12-8 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka 532-0011, Japan

*3Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University
1-32 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan

*4Mechatronics Research Unit, Faculty of Engineering, Mahasarakham University
41/20 Khamriang, Kantarawichai, Mahasarakham 44150, Thailand

*5Smart Process Design and Automation Unit, Mahasarakham University
41/20 Khamriang, Kantarawichai, Mahasarakham 44150, Thailand

Corresponding author

September 27, 2022
February 24, 2023
August 20, 2023
release mechanism, UAV, fire blanket, dropping mechanism, holding mechanism

Using fire blankets is one effective option for fire extinguishing. This paper proposes a two-step release mechanism for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can precisely drop a blanket onto a target location using the advantage of wind load, avoiding the ground effect. We analyzed wind velocity under the UAV body to find the optimized range that maximizes the release of the fire blanket. Afterwards, we tested the performance of our proposed system in an indoor environment with simulated wind disturbance. Our experiment results showed that the system is robust against wind disturbance at 3.5 m/s. Finally, we tested our system with UAVs in an outdoor environment with different heights and proved the effectiveness of the system for up to 4 m height in an outdoor environment.

Two-step releasing mechanism equipped on UAV

Two-step releasing mechanism equipped on UAV

Cite this article as:
P. Ratsamee, T. Hanwong, H. Sison, and K. Thungod, “A Two-Step Fire Blanket Release Mechanism for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.35 No.4, pp. 1053-1062, 2023.
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