The age of the existing equipments in operation is continuously increasing and their failure rate grow with increase in age.
The great majority of failures appear as a result of combined action of the thermal and the electric stresses, to which the mechanical stresses are added hence the continuous monitoring of the is required which can be successfully done by using the drones.
A monitoring system using a drone with dual counter-rotating propellers and carrying electric field sensing, thermal infrared imaging, Video imaging, Acoustic, and Corona discharge sensing equipment.
The sensors attached to the done, permit electric utilities, an economic approach to monitoring, an inspection of frayed conductors or deteriorated splices through acoustic/corona sensors, monitoring of critical, thermally limiting span, and other monitoring functions.
It can be also used for detecting cracked insulator strings, tower corrosion, tree growth, ground clearances, conductor damper condition, and critical thermal span along a transmission line by video sensor data in a remotely piloted vehicle to ground control station.
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The article is written by Suchiket S. Sonar.
Suchiket is an experienced Project Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry.
He is skilled in AutoCAD, Renewable Energy Systems, Solar Power Plant Maintenance, Microsoft Office, and Switchgear And Protections.