Automated pipe inspection robot

Glen Bright (Graduate Student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Devon Ferreira (Graduate Student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Rhett Mayor (Graduate Student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 1 August 1997

Abstract

Automated inspection of the inner surface of a pipe can be achieved by a mobile robot. Pipe inspection is necessary to locate defects due to corrosion and wear while the pipe is transporting fluids. Pipe inspection devices are available for these tasks; they commonly use ultrasonic or magnetic flux variation to detect defects. Says that the magnitude of the costs involved in the development and implementation of these inspection techniques is such that it inhibits their more frequent and widespread use. Posits that the automated pipe inspection robot presented is a proposed cost‐effective alternative solution. The inspection device is a PC‐based design that uses mechatronic principles to ensure a purposeful interaction between the robot and its environment.

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Citation

Bright, G., Ferreira, D. and Mayor, R. (1997), "Automated pipe inspection robot", Industrial Robot, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 285-289. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439919710176372

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1997, MCB UP Limited

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