Application of Fieldbus Technology to Enable Enhanced Actuator Control of Automated Inspection for Offshore Structures

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Kaur, A., Corsar, M. and Ma, B. Application of Fieldbus Technology to Enable Enhanced Actuator Control of Automated Inspection for Offshore Structures. 2 (3), pp. 29-38.
AuthorsKaur, A., Corsar, M. and Ma, B.
Abstract

Due to extreme environmental loadings and aging conditions, maintaining structural integrity for o shore structures is critical to their safety. Non-destructive testing of risers plays a key role in identifying defects developing within the structure, allowing repair in a timely manner to mitigate against failures which cause damage to the environment and pose a hazard to human operators. However, in order to be cost e ective the inspection must be carried out in situ, and this poses significant safety risks if undertaken manually. Therefore, enabled by advancements in automation and communication technologies, e orts are being made to deploy inspection systems using robotic platforms. This paper proposes a distributed networked communication system to meet the control requirements of a precision rotary scanner for inspection of underwater structures aimed at providing a robotic inspection system for structural integrity in an o shore environment. The system is configured around local control units, a fieldbus network, and a supervisory control system accounting for the environment conditions to provide enhanced control of actuators for automated inspection of o shore structures.

KeywordsInspection systems; Structural integrity; Fieldbus; Controlled Area Network; Distributed control
Journal citation2 (3), pp. 29-38
PublisherMDPI
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/asi2030029
FunderHorizon 2020
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Online18 Sep 2019
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Accepted17 Sep 2019
Deposited03 Oct 2019
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