New Technology 3D NDT Robot (MR Equus) Tested on Storage Tank and Pipe Line
Seikowave recently tested it’s concept robot (MR Equus) leveraging our 3D NDT technology. This technology was tested in collaboration with a customer on a storage tank and on a pipeline. The robot has been in development for the last year.
Figure 1 shows the Seikowave 3DSL Rhino 3D imaging inspection system with an example of a 3D image that contains corrosion with welds. The 3DSL NDT Software Suite from Seikowave is able to analyze the image:
To determine distortion and strain at the weld
To calculate the remaining strength based on wall thickness (metal) loss per level I and level II methodologies
To provide input data for finite element analysis (FEA) for level III assessments
The mecanum wheels on the robot enable omni-directional motion. Rare earth magnets allow the robot to remain in position on the surface of the structure while the magnets do not contact the steel object.
Figure 2 shows the MR Equus concept being tested on a tank and Figure 3 shows MR Equus concept being tested on a pipeline. Both figures show MR Equus integrated with both a motion tracking solution and a wireless connection.
MR Equus is a NDT robotic platform that could be used to assess pipes, tanks, tank floor, and pressure vessel infrastructure. It is ideal for large area scanning providing auto-align and merging of images.
Figure 4 shows the output of a dent anomaly assessment. The dent occurred across a weld. The assessment algorithms developed at Seikowave are able to detect small mechanical deformations.
We look forward to further feedback following a major customer using the concept MR Equus during a plant turnaround the first quarter 2017.Seikowave recently tested it’s concept robot (MR Equus) leveraging our 3D NDT technology. This technology was tested in collaboration with a customer on a storage tank and on a pipeline. The robot has been in development for the last year.