Robotized Inspection of Vertical Structures of a Solar Power Plant Using NDT Techniques
AbstractConcentrated solar power (CSP) plants are expansive facilities that require substantial inspection and maintenance. A fully automated inspection robot increases the efficiency of maintenance work, reduces operating and maintenance costs, and improves safety and work conditions for service technicians. This paper describes a climbing robot that is capable of performing inspection and maintenance on vertical surfaces of solar power plants, e.g., the tubes of the receiver in a central tower CSP plant. Specifically, the service robot’s climbing mechanism is explained and the results of the nondestructive inspection methods are reviewed. The robot moves on the panels of the receiver in the tower and aligns the sensors correctly for inspection. The vertical movement of the climbing kinematics is synchronized with the movement of the tower’s crane. Various devices that detect surface defects and thickness losses inside the tube were integrated into the robot. Since the tubes are exposed to very high radiation, they need to be inspected regularly. View Full-Text
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Felsch, T.; Strauss, G.; Perez, C.; Rego, J.M.; Maurtua, I.; Susperregi, L.; Rodríguez, J.R. Robotized Inspection of Vertical Structures of a Solar Power Plant Using NDT Techniques. Robotics 2015, 4, 103-119.
Felsch T, Strauss G, Perez C, Rego JM, Maurtua I, Susperregi L, Rodríguez JR. Robotized Inspection of Vertical Structures of a Solar Power Plant Using NDT Techniques. Robotics. 2015; 4(2):103-119.Chicago/Turabian Style
Felsch, Torsten; Strauss, Gunnar; Perez, Carmen; Rego, José M.; Maurtua, Iñaki; Susperregi, Loreto; Rodríguez, Jorge R. 2015. "Robotized Inspection of Vertical Structures of a Solar Power Plant Using NDT Techniques." Robotics 4, no. 2: 103-119.