Development of in-pipe robot with extension hose and balloons

Koki Nomura, Mamoru Sato, Hiromi Takeuchi, Konno Minoru, Toriumi Ryoichi, Hiroyuki Ishii, Atsuo Takanishi

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    Abstract

    In recent years, the importance of inspection technologies for old gas pipes has been advocated. In this study, we developed a robot that moves in gas pipes and acquires pictures of interior of pipes in order to easily identify problems, such as cracks in the walls or water leakages. The robot consists of two balloons and an extension hose, which can be extended or shrunk by means of changing the internal pressure. This mechanism allows the robot to move like an inchworm in gas pipes. The robot also has an active-bending module, driven by air pressure that allows it to pass curved pipe sections. Therefore, the robot can move horizontally and vertically in pipes having an inner diameter of both 28 mm and 53 mm.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages1481-1486
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509067572
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 23
    Event14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017 - Takamatsu, Japan
    Duration: 2017 Aug 62017 Aug 9

    Other

    Other14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
    CountryJapan
    CityTakamatsu
    Period17/8/617/8/9

    Keywords

    • In-pipe Robot
    • Inspection Robot
    • Mobile Robot

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Optimization
    • Instrumentation
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

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    Nomura, K., Sato, M., Takeuchi, H., Minoru, K., Ryoichi, T., Ishii, H., & Takanishi, A. (2017). Development of in-pipe robot with extension hose and balloons. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017 (pp. 1481-1486). [8016035] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2017.8016035