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The Times of India | TNN | May 2, 2016 |

Thiruvananthapuram: Be it glass, metal, concrete or bricks; a college project by this foursome could prove to be a boon for rescue operators and construction workers to ascend highrises. Vacuum-assisted climber, developed by final year mechanical engineering students of Marian Engineering College, Kazhakkoottam, assists people working on high-rise constructions to scale l walls.  Dheeraj Sudesh M, R Adithya, Selva Manoj R, and Sooraj K completed their project under the guidance of Ajith C Menon, assistant professor, mechanical department of the college.  “The risk factor is minimal and people could do their work without taking much effort to balance themselves. With a few more additions and improved power storage the product could be used for defence purposes as well,” said Selva Manoj.
According to the students, what they have developed was just a concept model to display the technology. The project was inspired from a concept video they happened to watch on Discovery Channel.  The device consists two suction pads attached to a backpack. It works on the principle of air suction. The suction motors in the backpack remove air from the sealed area of the suction pads. This is achieved by spinning impellers inside the suction motors. The suction created by the vacuum motors is powerful enough to hold average human weight. There is also a pressure release mechanism, which helps the climber to release one suction pad and fix it higher to climb up supporting on the foot stirrups attached to the apparatus.  –  Courtesy

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