A prototype of a small tracked robot for gas pipeline inspection and maintenance

Wen Zhao, Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Kento Yoshida, Minoru Konno, Ryoichi Toriumi, Shigeki Sugano

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Abstract

The gas pipeline networks cover approximately 200,000, km in urban region in Japan. The risk caused by severe leakage, cracking, or corrosion will lead to a big accidence for human. Therefore, the gas pipeline robots for regular inspection and maintenance are very essential for the safe operation and supply of gas. In this paper, as a fundamental study of pipeline inspection robots, a new small wireless tracked robot for gas pipeline inspection and maintenance has been developed. Due to robot’s special kinematics, it is capable of moving in straight pipe, turn at elbow and also climb the inclined pipe flexibly and efficiently. Compared with previous robots, it owns two working modes: self-navigation (automated control) and manual control mode for pipeline inspection. Moreover, a preliminary experiment has been implemented with a typical M-pipeline in 10, cm diameter/4, m length. The experiment results revealed that self-navigation could improve the efficiency of inspection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Human Systems Integration - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration IHSI 2018
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating People and Intelligent Systems
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages137-142
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319738871
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
Event1st International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems, IHSI 2018 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2018 Jan 72018 Jan 9

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume722
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

Other1st International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems, IHSI 2018
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period18/1/718/1/9

Keywords

  • Gas pipeline
  • Self-navigation
  • Tracked robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Zhao, W., Kamezaki, M., Yoshida, K., Konno, M., Toriumi, R., & Sugano, S. (2018). A prototype of a small tracked robot for gas pipeline inspection and maintenance. In Intelligent Human Systems Integration - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration IHSI 2018: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems (pp. 137-142). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 722). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73888-8_23