Non-Destructive Testing Robots (NDTBOTS) for In-service Storage Tank Inspection
Anvo, R, Sattar, TP, Gan, T-H and Pinson, I (2018). Non-Destructive Testing Robots (NDTBOTS) for In-service Storage Tank Inspection. Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation. 8 (3).
|Authors||Anvo, R, Sattar, TP, Gan, T-H and Pinson, I|
Petrochemical storage tanks are generally inspected when the tank is offline mostly to assess the extent of underside corrosion on the tank floor. Emptying, cleaning and opening a tank for inspection takes many months and is very expensive. Inspection costs can be reduced significantly by inserting robots through manholes on the tank roof to perform non-destructive testing. The challenge is to develop robots that can operate safely in explosive and hazardous environments and measure the thickness of floor plates using ultrasound sensors. This paper reports on the development of a small and inexpensive prototype robot (NDTBOT) which is designed to be intrinsically safe for zone zero operation. The robot “hops” across the floor to make measurements, without any external moving parts. The paper describes the design, experimental testing of the NDTBOT and presents results of steel plate thickness measurements made under water.
|Keywords||Storage Tank Inspection; NDTBOT; In-service Inspection|
|Journal||Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation|
|Journal citation||8 (3)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.17265/2159-5275/2018.03.001|
|14 Jun 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||23 May 2018|
|Accepted||14 May 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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