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Low Cost Rail Crack Inspection System

Publication Date : 31/12/2014

Author(s) :

Praveen Kalkundri , Satish Deshpande.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 6
(12 - 2014)

Abstract :

This paper suggests a rail crack inspection using low cost sensors and Arduino Duemilanove microcontroller board. The present inspection systems are more bulky, expensive and have slow response time. Arduino Duemilanove microcontroller board has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator. The Arduino Duemilanove can be programmed with the Arduino software and the major advantage of using these boards is that they can program the microcontroller through the ICSP (In-Circuit Serial Programming) header. The aforementioned functionality has been achieved by interfacing the GSM module, GPS module and LED-LDR arrangement with a microcontroller. In this system the GPS receives the signal and gives the current latitude and longitude of the crack. By using GSM the user is able to receive the information through subscribed services and users can often continue to use their mobile phones when they are traveling, hence GSM is also implemented in the present design. The present design has a vast application in hardware industries like structural health monitoring (SHM) of critical aircraft components, pipe, welding process etc .The sensors were able to detect crack by LDRs and due to its flexible design it could be used as an embedded sensor for online and unmanned monitoring systems.

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