We had our robot at a car show last weekend and there was a fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However, our robot got completely soaked from the sprinklers. I believe there were about two inches of standing water with the robot in the ground. I don’t think any electronics were actually sitting in the water, maybe the drive motors (NEOs). I am currently helping the team virtually and can’t assess the damage myself and the mentor that is in person is new to robotics this year. I’m wondering what we should be aware of in terms of what just needs to be through away, what can be reused for practice bots, and what should be fine to be on a competition robot again. I’m mostly concerned about electronics and motors.
Just a quick list of items that were on the robot that I can think of off the top of my head:
- The FRC required control system (Rio, PDP, breakers, PCM, VRM, Radio)
- NEOS and SPARK MAXes
- Chameleon vision camera
- Ethernet Switch
- CIM and Redline Motors
- Talon SRX and Victor SPX
- Air Compressor
This isn’t an exhaustive list, so if there are other items that you think we should worry about, let us know. For items, what ways should we test them and what criteria should we have to ensure that they are safe/still working properly? Also, I’ve asked the mentor to get some pictures, and when I get them, I’ll upload them. Thank you
It appears in the photos that the robot got a bit of soot on it from the fire. The only parts that would have been in any standing water likely would have been parts of the gearboxes/wheels/belts.