Cleaning Process Simulation for Building Façade Maintenance Robot with Built-in Guide Rail

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Because of frequent construction of high-rise buildings, interest on maintenance and management of the building has been increased recently. With recent development of technology, cleaning outer walls of the high-rise buildings has drawn considerable discussion in terms of human safety and cost. To solve these problems, we’ve developed an automated cleaning robot and it consists of two parts: horizontal robot and vertical robot. These robots move along the guide rail that is built-in the curtain-wall and clean up the glass with a tool system. The cleaning tool system is comprised of injection nozzle and squeeze-suction module. After the injection nozzle sprays the optimal amount of water, polluted water is sucked by the squeeze-suction. The tool angle and force against the glass surface are important to effectively clean out the contamination. The cleaning process is analyzed in terms of the parameters and a new tool mechanism is introduced.


Building wall maintenance robot Cleaning tool system Squeeze-suction device 



The work presented in this paper was funded by BMRC (Building-Façade Maintenance Robot Research Center), supported by Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT).

This work was supported by the Human Resources Program in Energy Technology of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea. (No. 20124010203250)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Mechanical EngineeringKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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