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Internship Field: Mechanical Engineering, Wind Energy (R&D)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Host: Fraunhofer Institut Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation): for all Fraunhofer institutes see

Location: Magdeburg

Duration: 3 months in Summer 2006


Description: "The project I worked on was to do initial design work for a robot that autonomously inspects wind turbine blades for damage using non destructive testing.  My duties became more and more detailed as I went on. At first, I had to familiarize myself with windpower technology and robotics.  After learning about the project background, I did online research to learn about the sensor systems, robotic motion, wind power, and competing inspection systems. I documented all of this research using MS Visio and Word. In parallel, I developed multiple robot designs to imagine how a robot could possibly accomplish this complex task.  I learned how to use a variety of matrixes and evaluations to refine designs, and ultimately narrow the project down to one robot. To share my robot designs, I did extensive sketching by hand, as well as documentation in AutoCAD, and 3-D visualization and animation of robots in Pro-E.  Learning Pro-E took a while, but now I feel quite competent in it."

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