Robots To Detect Cracks In Rail Tracks By IIT Students

by Technology | 16-06-2018 | 914 views

The 1.5 foot-long robot has six wheels which can move back-and-forth at a speed of 1 m/s on the tracks. It is equipped with ultrasonic and infrared sensors to collect data and send it to a microcontroller (microchip) inside the robot. It is not only light weight, but can move on the tracks even when there is a train running on it.
Shashwat Sahoo, a student of biotechnology at IIT-M and a member of the Artemis team, told The Times of India, We have developed a system that is fully automatic and sends out real-time data with accurate location of the crack for action needed. It cuts response time. He added, it is (a) cheap solution for Indian Railways  we used commonly available material to build the device.
The technology was showcased at the Inter-IIT Tech Meet 2018 along with other stunning innovations. It has been tested on a dummy track on the campus. Another member of the group, Kavan Savla, said that the team planned to approach the Railways for a particular location where the robot could be tested and results established. “We will attach solar panels to power the battery of the robot. Also, the robot has a modular design, so no technical expertise is required to change its components,” Savla concluded.

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