An approach to the inspection of damages of power grid network using unmanned aerial technology

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Suriyawate Boonthalarath
Theerawong Laohsuwan
Ornprapa Pummakarnchana Robert


One of the ways to build confidence on energy stability especially is to maitain good condition of a power transmission system because an adverse effect causes difficulties in living everyday life and ultimately the economy of the country. In order to keep the transmission line stable and continuously reliable, it is necessary to look for technologies for the checkup of transmission line status. At present, unmanned aerial technology has been developed and applied for surveying and detecting positions of an equipment grid as well as for accurately determining the cause of deterioration. Therefore, unmanned technology users need to learn the characteristics of the aircraft as well as the pros and cons for use in each mission. During the time of use of unmanned aircraft, topology must be taken into account. In addition, damage factors to the power transmission line are usually caused by the electrical discharge or partial discharge, whose process of damage to the power transmission line has associated with it characteristics of radiating the magnetic field in form of corona ring around a device. The spread of this magnetic field influences the control and communications between ground stations and unmanned aircraft, causing the aircraft operators to take extra care during the operation of the aircraft. Finally, the power transmission system in each area has different risks caused by different topology. Therefore, the use of aircraft requires expertise and experience to plan missions of photogrammetric surveys and to handle tools for checking damages specifically and suitably for measurement. In addition, the aircraft operator must exercise judgmental management upon significant risks or be ready to adjust measures in place for any incurring and popup incidence in the field


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S. Boonthalarath, T. Laohsuwan, and O. Pummakarnchana Robert, “An approach to the inspection of damages of power grid network using unmanned aerial technology”, DTAJ, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 12–31, Apr. 2020.
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