June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This paper discusses the fabrication of a novel mechanism for the cleaning of trench drains. It deals with the manufacturing aspects of a robot which fits into the drain and cleans it without needing to interfere with the surrounding traffic or the drain itself. The entire cleaning process includes breaking the dirt down, sucking the dirt, and transporting it to a collection unit. This is combined into a single mechanism-a robot; therefore, it is designed to be faster than the previous methods used for the purpose. The mechanism uses a drive system to move inside the drain, on which a square suction tube is attached. The drive is bidirectional to control the robot as needed so it can be controlled remotely. Moreover, the mechanism also has a cutting assembly with cutting arms to better facilitate the suction. The cutting arms have metal brushes installed, the rotation of which loosen the debris and push it towards the drain surface. To create the most efficient mechanism for this purpose, two prototypes were fabricated. The performance of both prototypes has been summarized. This paper will focus on the machining and manufacturing aspects of these prototypes and provide insights on the better mechanism and the best practices for its most optimal operation.
Kaushik, A., & Dong, J., & Gao, C., & Elzarka, H. (2019, June), Building A Robotic Mechanism for Cleaning Trench Drains Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32483
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