Ener Salinas

Ener Salinas

Development of wall-climbing robots for non-destructive inspection of large scale constructions and renewable energy structures

Looking at all the constructions built by humans, we might notice that the larger the construction, the less variety in materials. In fact, next to stones and concrete, only iron and steel -both with ferromagnetic properties- are the main other choices. To prevent accidents such as bridge breakdowns, pipe bursts and disastrous oil spills, it is very important to be able to predict if these materials have internal faults, cracks, wear, or welding defects. In this paper, I will describe the physical principles of wall adhesion (magnetic, vortex, Van der Waals forces, capillarity, etc.) and present the development of a number of wall-climbing robots at LSBU, especially autonomous mobile robots that can access large power-generation related constructions, such as wind power structures, hydro dams or offshore platforms. In addition, various non-destructive inspection techniques will be sketched.


to the European Conference on Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Growth website.

ECo MaTech will be held in Bled (Slovenia) from 19th to 21st of September 2013.

Eco MaTech is the third edition of a conference that started in 2009. The aim of ECo MaTech is to gather representatives of academic and R&D institutions, industry, governmental agencies and civil society to:

- present their work, ideas and products, 
- increase fruitful exhanges between all the actors involved in sustainable growth technologies, 
- increase the networking with sustainable growth professionals, 
- establish a general discussion platform on sustainable growth.


The conference excursion will take you to the Alpine lake Bohinj (http://www.bohinj.si/en) and waterfall Savica (http://www.burger.si/Slapovi/Bohinj/Savica/uvod_ENG.html).
A farewell party will follow the lake trip by a boat. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Only cash is exepted for on-site payment.

The poster panels are 1m wide and 2m high. The standrad A0 size posters are recommended (841mm:1189mm).