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Water Leak Detection Robot, MechE PhD Thesis Defense by You Wu

MIT Room 3-333

Every day, about 20% of the clean water produced in the world is lost due to pipe leaks. Water utilities need methods for detecting and locating such leaks before they become big breaks. This thesis presents the design, analysis, fabrication and field test validations of soft robots for early detection of leaks in water pipes when the water service is on. They are designed to be low-cost, scalable, fabricated with ordinary material with ordinary tools. It is a sub-500-dollar solution to a multi-billion-dollar water and infrastructure problem.