Development of Micro AUVs for Pipe Inspection

Projects in the robotics category: [easyrotator align=”left”]erc_88_1377105406[/easyrotator]     Robot Design     A tetherless robot is developed for maneuvering inside 4-inch-diameter (10 cm) pipe networks. This ellipsoidal micro drone is capable of path following and making very tight turns. It will be used to carry leak sensors into water distribution networks and perform high speed, full coverage leak detection […]

Biomimetic locomotion in liquid environments

Projects in the robotics category: [easyrotator align=”left”]erc_88_1377105406[/easyrotator] Biomimetic locomotion is of interest in applications where good cruising speeds, high maneuverability and stealth are needed. Current Biomimetic devices that use traditional discrete-stiff mechanisms have severe limitations because of their complexity. The proposed approach exploits the natural dynamics of a flexible structure in order to achieve the […]

Thermal Control of Robot in Cold and Hazardous Environment

Projects in the robotics category: [easyrotator align=”left”]erc_88_1377105406[/easyrotator] Liquid natural gas and liquid petroleum gas are stored in steel alloy tanks at approximately -160C and -45C, respectively. These tanks need to be periodically inspected for cracks, corrosion, and other defects. Currently the inspection process involves sending a human into the emptied tanks with inspection equipment. In […]

High-Speed Large-Range Atomic Force Microscopy

Atomic force microscope(AFM) is a powerful and versatile instrument with a wide variety of applications ranging from imaging and nano-manipulation to characterizing mechanical properties of various types of samples. The speed limitations of this device however, have constrained its capabilities. In this research we develop controls, instrumentation and signal processing techniques to achieve ultra-high imaging […]

In Pipe Leak Detection

Projects in the robotics category: [easyrotator align=”left”]erc_88_1377105406[/easyrotator]   Project Overview Leakage is the major factor for unaccounted losses in every pipe network around the world (oil, gas, or water). In most cases, the deleterious effects associated with the occurrence of leaks may present serious economical and health problems. Therefore, leaks must be quickly detected, located, […]