AEROMAIN proposes the development of the worldwide first aerial robotic system with advanced manipulation capabilities to be applied in inspection and maintenance of energy systems and particularly in the maintenance of wind turbines, including contact inspection (i.e. ultrasonic inspection) and blade repairingof surface damagesor even “materials lost” of impacted areas (leading edge). These operations are today very costly and performed manuallyin risky conditions with experts that have to climb, using for example a rigging system, to inspect specific areas and to perform repairing. The application of crawler robots with magnetic wheels does not solve the problem because the blades of many new wind turbines are made of composites and the crawler should be deployed and maintained.
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