Design of a Tele-Operated Robot for the Maintenance of Boiler Hoppers in Electric Power Plants

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K. S. Saidi, J. Seo, S. V. Sreenivasan, C. T. Haas, A. E. Traver

Field Systems and Construction Automation Laboratory, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

J. Mech. Des 121(4), 647-649 (Dec 01, 1999) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829512 History: Received October 01, 1998; Revised September 01, 1999; Online December 11, 2007


The design of a novel tele-robotic device for clearing undesirable residues from boiler hoppers in electric power plants is presented. A key aspect of the problem that drives the design process is the fact that the environment inside the hopper is harsh and unstructured. This has led to a robot design which has all its sophisticated mechanical and control hardware located outside the hopper access port. Results from experimental testing of a prototype are included.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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