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Robot de escalada de tipo dron para vigilancia e inspección


Oferta Tecnológica
Una universidad coreana ha desarrollado el primer robot de escalada de tipo dron que no precisa la instalación de otras infraestructuras, mejorando así la estabilidad y movilidad. Este sistema evita perturbaciones inesperadas y tiene funciones de inspección de primer plano y mantenimiento en diversos tipos de estructuras. Sus aplicaciones incluyen desde filmación y fotografías aéreas hasta transporte, gestión de desastres, búsqueda y rescate, inspección de seguridad estructural, agricultura de precisión, etc. El equipo de investigación está interesado en transferir la tecnología a la industria o establecer acuerdos de comercialización, licencia y cooperación en I+D.


A technology of wall-climbing drone for surveillance and inspection is offered by a Korean university
A Korean university has developed the first drone-type wall-climbing robot system that doesn´t require the installation of additional infrastructure, thereby maximizing stability and mobility. It can avoid unexpected disturbances and has functions of up-close inspections and maintenance on various types of structures. The research team is willing to transfer the technology to an industry or interested in R-Y-D cooperation under commercial agreement, license agreement or R-Y-D cooperation agreement.
A drone is a flying robot that has been a mostly popular technology which can be seen easily in big IT related fairs. As all know, a drone is remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans working together with sensors and GPS (Global Positioning System). Its applications are various such as filming and aerial photography, shipping and delivery, disaster management, search and rescue, geographic mapping, structural safety inspections, precision agriculture and etc.

In case of structural safety inspections, a drone is used to inspect power lines, oil and gas pipelines, transmission towers, buildings and bridges, wind turbines and rotor blades and so on. For this use, current drone technology encounters hurdles to be implemented because it is not easy to get close to the structure itself as well as it acts differently depending on the materials of the structures.

To provide a new level of detail to improve performance, a professor and his team in the civil -Y- environmental engineering department of a university in South Korea has developed the first drone-type wall-climbing robot system.

The details of the developed technology are as follows:
- Wall-climbing drone design and analysis: The structure and mechanism of the drone were designed and analyzed to maximize flight stability and grip force.
- Development of flying/climbing mode transformation and wall-climbing control algorithm: In order to allow the robot to attach to a wall while flying, a flying/climbing mode transformation and wall-climbing control algorithm was developed. Forward and backward kinematics were derived and applied to the algorithm.
- Development of three-dimensional autonomous navigation technology: The autonomous navigation algorithm was developed using sensor information that allows the robot to sense a three-dimensional environment.

The research team is willing to transfer their technology to an industry that needs this wall-climbing drone technology. Then, the company that has acquired the technology could develop further to commercialize it. This should be carry out under the commercial agreement with technical assistance or license agreement. Possible types of license agreement is non-exclusive, exclusive or just transfer of the right.

Apart from this, they are also interested in R-Y-D cooperation with a company or an industry that has capability of doing international R-Y-D together for commercialization of the technology.
Advantages and Innovations:
- This robot features greater mobility than existing wall-climbing robots. In particular, it has the advantage of being able to recover from falls caused by unexpected disturbances.
- Since the robot can attach to surfaces, it is capable of performing up-close inspections of and maintenance on structures of various types.
- These technologies are expected to be used for the inspection or maintenance of surfaces that are not easily accessible.
- They may also be used to perform various types of maintenance on urban structures, such as inspections of wind turbine blades and the cleaning of high-rise buildings and solar panels.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
KR -Y- US patents applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: company
- Specific area of activity of the partner: in the field of civil, aerospace, or power plant industries
- Task to be performed: with its requirements, the partner company should be able to apply the transferred technology to its business. Also, if the partner company would like to do further R-Y-D with the university, it should be aware of international R-Y-D projects as well as its roles in the project. (commercial agreement with technical assistance, license agreement, or research cooperation agreement)


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Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
02011002 Aviones
01006008 Satellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS