Rolls-Royce will use robotic beetles to repair enginesJuly 18, 2018
The company Rolls-Royce plc, engaged in the development of aircraft engines, announced the creation of miniature robots, which in the future plans to use to service power plants. Presentation of enlarged prototypes of “nanobots”, similar to beetles or cockroaches, was held at the air show in Farnborough.
To create robots, Rolls-Royce engineers teamed up with specialists from Harvard University and the University of Nottingham. According to the company’s plan, the use of miniature “assistants” will reduce the cost of maintenance, as well as help to do without the dismantling of aircraft engines. The inspection time in this case should be reduced from five hours to five minutes.
In Farnborough, Rolls-Royce demonstrated several “nanobots” that are designed to perform a variety of jobs. Among them: miniature robots with a size of no more than 10 millimeters, which can collect in the “swarm” and inspect the hard-to-reach places. A network of “periscopes” with thermal protection can be used along with existing sensors, receiving data on visual inspection in real time.
The company also proposes the use of robots with remote control. With their help you can perform complex tasks. For example, repair of damaged compressor blades. Or “robotic snake”, which as an endoscope can pass through the engine.
Earlier in Farnborough Rolls-Royce plc presented a prototype of the EVTOL flying taxi. The multicopter can carry up to five passengers, it can vertically take off and land, and is also equipped with a hybrid power plant.