Wind-Rider Team won $150,000 Grant


Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



PowerBdridge NY is an organization devoted to funding and accelerating cleantech innovations with promising market. In the March event, our Wind-Rider project stood out from 132 projects and won $150,000 grand, which is a great approval for both our technology and application. For further details about Wind-Rider, please refer to https://innovbot.000webhostapp.com/index.php/2017/03/13/wind-rider/.


GPR Rover NEW

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Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



PowerBdridge NY is an organization devoted to funding and accelerating cleantech

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City Climber

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Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



The objective of this research is to develop a new generation of mobile robots with wall-climbing and reliable communication capabilities. This new generation of mobile robots will be able to operate on essentially any types of rough or smooth surfaces, move on floors, climb walls, walk on ceilings, and transit between them, thus transforming the present 2-D world of mobile rovers into a new 3-D universe. The robots will contain highly-capable, highly-adaptive FPGA-based multiprocessor to support sensing, computing, communications, and dynamic reconfigurability of resources, enabling research and development in a wide range of tasks in urban search and rescue, surveillance, environmental monitoring, and planetary exploration. The CityClimber is a prototype of a new generation of mobile robots that are capable of operating in three dimensions. The ability to move up walls and across ceilings allows these robots to operate in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible; and perform tasks that would otherwise be expensive or impossible. These robots can be used for building, aircraft or bridge inspections, which would otherwise require expensive scaffolding and put human workers at risk of injury. Consumer applications of wall-climbing robots may include tasks such as window cleaning and painting.Traditional climbing robots have used adhesion techniques such as claws, magnetic devices, vacuum suction and van der Waals forces in the case of robots inspired by the gecko foot. These adhesion methods often limit the robot’s payload and the surfaces it can travel on. The goal of our research is to overcome these limitations by producing a CityClimber robot which is small, lightweight, and capable of non destructive adhesion on both smooth and rough surfaces, with a strong attraction force that allows it to carry a significant payload and provides sufficient mobility for travel on various planar surfaces and is able to transit between them.


Wind Rider

by Start Bootstrap


Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



This project aims to develop an efficient robotic solution that consists of a climbing robot, a cleaning mechanism, monitoring cameras, and a remote controller to clean the wind-turbine blade in a faster, better, safer and less costly manner. The robot will be deployed from the cabin on top of the turbine tower and adhere to blade surface to perform the tasks, allowing one human worker to remotely operate the robot and monitor the condition in real-time, thus dramatically reduce the labor and equipment cost and improve safety. More regular cleaning services will reduce blade corrosion and increase electricity generation output. Team Wind-Rider: A Robotic Solution for Wind-turbine Cleaning and Inspection that Reduces Cost and Increases Electricity Generation Output


Infrastructure inspection

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Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



A major portion of the critical physical infrastructures (bridges, dams, tunnels, buildings, etc.) in the United States and other parts of the world were built during middle of 20th century or earlier and are reaching the end of their design lives. Average age of bridges in USA is 43 years, and most of the bridges have been designed for a target life of fifty-years. Evaluation of structural integrity and deterioration levels reliably has become necessary to develop appropriate management strategies for these infrastructures. Tragic collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minnesota in 2007 (with 13 people dead and 145 injured) highlights the needs of reliable infrastructure inspection approaches. As per data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 72,000 bridges (12% of all bridges on American roads) are structurally deficient. As bridges become older, number of structurally deficient bridges will increase unless damagers can be repaired in time through effective and efficient inspection procedures. Likewise, according to American Society of Civil Engineers, approximately 4,000 of 84,000 dams in the U.S. are deficient. The average age of U.S. dams is 52 years old. State Departments of Transportation (DoT) normally require annual inspection of high hazard dams (meaning a dam failure or operational error that could result in the loss of human life). Safety and serviceability of infrastructures can only be sustained through an efficient and effective inspection program consisting of non-destructive evaluation/testing (NDE/NDT) methods combined with tools that can access critical locations of infrastructures. It is an extremely challenging task to inspect difficult to access places and detect subsurface defects (e.g., cracks, delamination, voids) using NDE instruments reliably and safely. The current practice of manual inspection using hand-held NDT instrument by a “spider-man” with rope access, or by using scaffolding or heavy lift equipment (e.g., snooper truck) is time-consuming, dangerous, may frequently require traffic control in case of highway bridges and is very expensive to carry out. In this project, we propose to develop a wall-climbing robot carrying a GPR to automate the NDE process on these difficult-to-access places of concrete bridges and tunnels.


Wind turbine cleaning

by Start Bootstrap


Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



Wind turbine blade Inspection: Each of the wind turbine blade needs to be inspected at a minimum of once a year during the turbine’s average 20-year lifespan. Inspections must occur with greater frequency during the first year of operations or after severe weather events and lightning strikes. Blades battered by the elements over time wear out, developing chips, cracks, and delamination that can rapidly deteriorate a blade. Such deterioration causes reduced energy production in early stages and catastrophic and costly blade collapse if left unnoticed and unaddressed. While rare, manufacturing defects in blades have also affected nearly every major wind turbine OEM at some point and continue to do so as new designs and materials are deployed in an effort to lengthen and strengthen blades.


Rise Rover

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Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



Rise-Rover is a heavy-duty vertical mobility cart that uses two drivetrain modules to carry Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) instrument in the middle payload compartment for detecting subsurface defects. The innovations are the fault tolerant design using two drivetrain modules with custom designed treads to carry a heavy payload of NDT instrument. The custom designed tread uses light-weight foam encapsulated by silicon rubber. It is soft, durable and conformable to surface irregularities. Each module has multiple suction chambers on tread that allow the robot to cross over gaps/grooves/cracks without loss of adhesion. The introduction of ducted fans allows for re-attachment to the wall surface for increased reliability. Each drivetrain module has a dimension of 8 x 21 x 5.5 inch, weights 10 lb, and can generate normal suction force of 30lb. Pull-up force of Rise-Rover (i.e., payload carrying on vertical wall) is 16 lb, and the locomotion speed of Rise-Rover is 30 meters/minute.


High rise building cleaning

by Start Bootstrap


Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM



High-rise buildings = Symbol of their corporate image, Willing to pay to have their buildings regularly cleaned


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