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Condition Assessment for Concrete Sewer Pipes Using Displacement Probes: A Robotic Design Case Study

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Department of Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne 3086, Australia
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Intelligent Water Networks, Melbourne 3000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Giulio Reina
Robotics 2021, 10(2), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics10020064
Received: 9 March 2021 / Revised: 20 April 2021 / Accepted: 26 April 2021 / Published: 27 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Agricultural and Field Robotics)
Worldwide, millions of kilometres of sewers are constructed from concrete pipes. Unfortunately, concrete sewers are susceptible to corrosion from biogenic hydrogen sulphide, and, though they may pass visual inspection, their ability to hold together under load may be degraded. This paper presents the design of a teleoperated robot with a protractible probe, that allows an operator to apply a localised load to selected points within a concrete sewer pipe. We report findings from laboratory and field trials of our prototype, with initial results suggesting that this approach has the potential to contribute useful information to sewer maintenance planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: field robotics; concrete corrosion; infrastructure maintenance; condition assessment; remote sensing; sewer infrastructure field robotics; concrete corrosion; infrastructure maintenance; condition assessment; remote sensing; sewer infrastructure
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Ross, R.; Stumpf, A.; Barnett, D.; Hall, R. Condition Assessment for Concrete Sewer Pipes Using Displacement Probes: A Robotic Design Case Study. Robotics 2021, 10, 64. https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics10020064

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Ross R, Stumpf A, Barnett D, Hall R. Condition Assessment for Concrete Sewer Pipes Using Displacement Probes: A Robotic Design Case Study. Robotics. 2021; 10(2):64. https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics10020064

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Ross, Robert, Alex Stumpf, Dean Barnett, and Richard Hall. 2021. "Condition Assessment for Concrete Sewer Pipes Using Displacement Probes: A Robotic Design Case Study" Robotics 10, no. 2: 64. https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics10020064

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