Electrical Engineers Safety Shoes

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This project is about building a new kind of safety shoes for electrical operators in power grids or any other sites where there is high risk of electrocution while handling electrical equipment that can kill or surely cause high health damage to the operators like electrical engineers, equipment and infrastructure inspectors, maintenance provider personnel and others employees. This is done by modifying the current safety shoes to have a safety response mechanism at the time of electrocution on the operators happen. The safety response of the shoes involves a well known science, which is grounding. Grounding is electrical contact with the Earth which remains essentially at a constant potential. A grounded wire on a lightning rod leads large electric charges from the atmosphere directly to Earth, preventing them from taking other paths that might result in damage to property or injury to persons. Since people are themselves often grounded (standing on a moist basement floor or leaning against, or otherwise in contact with, metallic plumbing), interior wiring systems have one wire connected to ground to minimize accidents to persons and fire damage in case of lightning, transformer failures, or insulation breakdown in wiring. Metallic boxes and other conductor enclosures are grounded, so that even in case of insulation breaks any parts that can be touched will be at ground potential and unable to give shock. But what happens if there is no grounding system and the person is not standing in moist basement floor or not touching any structure attached to the ground while being in electrocution accident on work? This question will lead to our solution which is grounding personnel working in power grids or handling high current electric power using their safety shoes as a medium.

When working in a power station or when handling high power electrical equipment, it is very likely the risk of electrocution comes when operating the equipment. Since during the operation, the personnel use their hands the electric current will get in to the body via the skin contact if it passes through their gloves or cloth. This will be very dangerous for the operators but if they are wearing our new concept safety shoes, they will not be electrocuted. This is because while standing, the safety shoes will transmit the incoming current grounding the person. The safety shoes have conductive innersole that can transmit electric current but is very comfortable for the feet and in the bottom of the heel of the safety shoes there is also a conductive material that transfer the electric current from the innersole to the ground which is the final destination of the electric current which generated by the electrocution. The conductive innersole and grounding plate found at the bottom of the heel is connected by a conductive wire that transfers electric current but not allow enough pass fluids and moisture which could compromise the primary purpose of the safety shoes.

For more information please visit https://hackaday.io/project/176801-electrical-engineers-safety-shoes

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
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    I have dedicated my life for invention and research because not only I have big dreams but also it is my only way out of poverty. We all have a talent we know or did not find out yet. Mine happens to be inventing. I discovered this talent of mine when I was in second year student during my university life. Starting from that point everything seemed not important except creating new ideas. So, until now I have invented more than 50 inventions which are new to the world and the rest are intended for Ethiopia that will change the life of many people including mine. But because of poverty, theft and many reasons I could not manage to make it. But all that matter is I will never give up. I will invent until and after I become successful. That makes me a strong entrepreneur. My skills are aided with a mechanical engineering degree on design, production and sales expertise. You can find some of my inventions via https://www.herox.com/crowdsourcing-community/antenehgashaw-123126
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