Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Remote Truck Inspection

PostedJune 12, 2011

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Randy Atkins: Braking, of course, creates friction…and heat.  So, a new system is focusing heat-sensing cameras around trucks’ wheels as they slow to enter an inspection station.

Gary Capps: That allows us to get a nice temperature snapshot of the vehicle’s brakes at that time.

Randy Atkins: Gary Capps, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher, says extremely hot, cold, or unbalanced heat levels can signal problems.  So the images are immediately run through a computer program that assesses brakes and more.

Gary Capps: It makes a decision whether or not that vehicle is likely to have defective brakes, a low tire, or perhaps a failing wheel bearing.

Randy Atkins: Inspectors can then decide whether to take a closer look.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.


The system is ready and likely just a few months away from being widely deployed.