Projects in the robotics category:
Gas Pipe Leak Detection System
Local Pressure Gradient
In the vicinity of a leakage in a pipeline there is a rapid change in pressure, as shown in the flow simulation. Sense the pressure change = identify the leak.
Detector: How It Works
The Detector consists of a membrane and a drum. The membrane is pulled towards [b] and held at the leak momentarily[c] due to the suction (pressure drop). The drum rotates as the robot moves along the pipe. Leak is identified by measuring the force Fz (and/or deflection) on the drum.
A typical Leak Measurement Signal
leak detection system overveiw
Fully autonomous: once deployed in the pipe network, it will inspect the pipes and report wirelessly the locations of the leaks on a map. At the same time, the robot can create maps for the pipe network.