Design and Development of MOKHTAR Wind Tracker
Ata Jahangir Moshayedi1, Damayanti C Gharpure2, Arvind D Shaligram3
1Ata Jahangir Moshayedi, Department of Electronic Science, University of  Pune.
2Damayanti C Gharpure Department of Electronic Science, University of Pune, University of  Pune, India.
3Arvind D Shaligram, Department of Electronic Science, University of Pune, University of  Pune, India.

Manuscript received on October 22, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on November 01, 2013. | Manuscript published on November 05, 2013. | PP: 167-173 | Volume-3 Issue-5, November 2013. | Retrieval Number: E1952113513/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: This work presents the design and development of a wind tracker (MOKHTAR1 ) with implementation of Zigzag and Spiral algorithms for detecting the wind source. For odor tracking research the Wind tracking is important. A novel wind flow and direction sensor based on an array of Evaporative Heat Rejection Devices (EHRD) such as the ones used in cooling towers is developed during the present work. The developed sensor is installed on the wind tracker (MOKHTAR). MOKHTAR seeks the location of the wind source with Zig-Zag and Spiral tracking algorithms. Both the Zig Zag and Spiral algorithms are implemented and their performance is compared with respect to step size, time taken and the probability of reaching the wind source. Finally, results of path monitoring for comparison between the two algorithms are shown. The proposed system is used on a robot vehicle as the initial stage of plume tracking activity. Moreover, the proposed wind sensor array can be used in the meteorological and environmental studies.
Keywords: Mokhtar wind tracker, Wind sensor, Spiral movement, Zig zag movement.