Publications / 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland

Robot Assisted Wall Inspection for Improved Maintenance of High-Rise Buildings

S.K. Tso, Tong Feng
Pages 449-455 (2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, ISBN 978-90-6814-574-8, ISSN 2413-5844)

A robotic system is designed for the express purpose of facilitating timely maintenance of the external walls of high-rise buildings, including inspection and cleaning. This paper addresses the application of a selected method of non-destructive inspection (NDI) to assess the quality of bonding of the tile-wall in such buildings. The basis for checking with the proposed method whether there are voids in the bonding and for evaluating the approximate size and spread of voids is established. The results obtained experimentally with the use of prepared specimens and on physical walls in a university campus are presented and discussed, confirming the validity of the method proposed.

Keywords: High-rise buildings, Nondestructive inspection, Robotic maintenance