(ROV) Pleco Water Tank Cleaning Robot
Project Code: 150
The invention presents a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) to clean sediment that accumulates over time in water storage tanks. Water storage tank needs to be cleaned and free from bottom sediments. Conventional method of manual cleaning leads to problems such as water supply disruption, longer cleaning period, manpower intensive and costly.
Clean water supply is important in
ensuring good health of people. Water supply is distributed from water storage
tanks. Sediment that accumulates over time in water storage tanks will deteriorates
the water quality used by consumers. Therefore, water storage tanks are
required to be cleaned once in every three years by water utility operators or
tank cleaning service providers.
Manual cleaning method is done by
draining off and resupply water into the tank after workers have cleaned the
tank using water jet and brushes. In this project, an alternative cleaning
method using a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) is proposed. By using
ROV, water supply disruption can be prevented and cleaning process will be more
efficient and cost effective. An ROV is built to operate underwater and vacuum
out sediments from water tank. Live-streaming video and data feedbacks can be
seen by operator on screen. Raspberry Pi is used as the main communication
board to interface with MATLAB software. Operator will operates the ROV
remotely to carry out the cleaning process.