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

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017

Other

Other14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
Country/TerritoryJapan
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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