Researchers working on smart drone capable of preventing tailings dams failures

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Researchers working on smart drone capable of preventing tailings dams failures
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Researchers working on smart drone capable of preventing tailings dams failures

Researchers Guilherme Pereira and Ihsan Berk Tulu. (Image by Paige Nesbit, courtesy of WVU). The goal of the project is to find a way to detect leakages and failures at coal waste facilities before tailings and coal ash are released into the environment. Coal ash is considered one of the largest US supplies of industrial waste, containing metals such as lead, mercury, chromium, selenium, cadmium and arsenic, which never biodegrade and are toxic to humans. “Failure of these structures has been shown to be catastrophic, causing massive mudslides that have devastated entire communities and created irreversible environmental damage,” Ihsan Berk Tulu, one of the engineers involved in the project, said. “Industry and federal and state governments spend great effort and time inspecting these structures, finding hazards that might lead to wastewater leakages or failures.” AI + autonomous features Tulu and his colleague Guilherme Pereira’s intelligent drone is expected to […]

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