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Development of a Wall-Sticking Drone for Non-Destructive Ultrasonic and Corrosion Testing

Department of R&D, Amerapex Corporation, Houston, TX 77092, USA
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Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 20 February 2018 / Accepted: 21 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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Abstract

Refineries’ structures require constant inspection, maintenance of their structural health condition, and safety of the users; however, accessing these structures is getting more and more difficult due to their enormous height and size. In order to deal with this problem, many researchers have developed several robots for wall crawling, yet there is no guaranteed solution. One of the critical reasons why existing wall-crawling robots have not been available in the field is the risk of accidental fall due to operational failure from the harsh environment, like strong wind and the surface’s unpredictable condition. Therefore, we attempted to develop a wall-sticking aerial robot platform that can approach any place of the structure by flying and sticking to the target place. The robot is equipped with electro-magnetic hold mount elements to stick the sensor probe on the surface of the structure. This paper deals with installing the wall-sticking mechanism on the aerial robot. View Full-Text
Keywords: drone; nondestructive testing; NDT; wall-sticking; UAV; contact based inspection drone; nondestructive testing; NDT; wall-sticking; UAV; contact based inspection
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Mattar, R.A.; Kalai, R. Development of a Wall-Sticking Drone for Non-Destructive Ultrasonic and Corrosion Testing. Drones 2018, 2, 8.

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