Mechatronics Design Applied to the Concept of Service Robot to Clean Storage Tanks

  • Hernan Gonzalez Acuña
  • Fausto J. Samiento Esparza
  • Omar Lengerke
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7508)


This paper proposes a methodology of Mechatronics design applied to the concept of a service robot to clean storage tanks. Through this methodology, the system static analysis is done first, followed by dynamic analysis, and finally robot design. In some cases the cleaning process is done manually, but in tall oil tanks, workers need scaffolding or cranes. The principal, most popular cleaning method used is sandblasting, but it can give the workers health problems like acute silicosis. This is why a robot capable of working with sandblasting is proposed, changing the traditional cleaning method and improving the life quality of workers, with reduced cleaning time and improved service quality.


Cleaning storage tanks climb methodology robot sandblasting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hernan Gonzalez Acuña
    • 1
  • Fausto J. Samiento Esparza
    • 1
  • Omar Lengerke
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group in Control and Mechatronics, Mechatronics Engineering ProgramUniversidad Autonoma de BucaramangaBucaramangaColombia

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