Development of an Anemometer to Assist a Quadrotor with Auxiliary Thrusters

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Abstract

In recent years, rapid deterioration of infrastructure equipment is regarded as a problem and the maintenance management of it is important for preventing serious accidents. Particularly, in a bridge like the Seto-Ohashi, it takes a long time to inspect the whole and it is also dangerous because of high-place work. Then, use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be considered as one of the alternative ways to the human visual-check. Among them, Quadrotors are attracting attention and they have excellent maneuverability and operability because they control the position and attitude of the airframe by changing the revolution velocity of four rotors. However, since a thrust cannot be generated except for upward direction, there is a weak point in which it is out of control, if it is affected by the influence of an ascending current etc. when hovering. In particular, vortices are generated around huge structures represented by bridges, so that it is difficult to inspect without considering this effect. In this research, it is aimed at developing a Quadrotor that can check infrastructures in harsh environments by attaching auxiliary thrusters and an anemometer. This paper first outlines a proposed Quadrotor. In addition, it verifies the accuracy of our own built-in anemometer. Finally, the effect of the airframe on the anemometer is verified through some experiments. The experimental results showed that the manufactured anemometer needs to be redesigned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages839-843
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728116983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Event16th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019 - Tianjin, China
Duration: Aug 4 2019Aug 7 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019

Conference

Conference16th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019
CountryChina
CityTianjin
Period8/4/198/7/19

Keywords

  • Aux-iliary Thrusters
  • InFrastructure Inspection
  • Quadrotor
  • UAV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Kato, S., Watanabe, K., & Nagai, I. (2019). Development of an Anemometer to Assist a Quadrotor with Auxiliary Thrusters. In Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019 (pp. 839-843). [8816468] (Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2019.8816468