New Technology 3D NDT Robot (MR Equus) Tested on Storage Tank and Pipe Line

New Technology 3D NDT Robot (MR Equus) Tested on Storage Tank and Pipe

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Seikowave recently tested it’s concept robot (MR Equus) leveraging our 3D NDT technology. This technology was tested in collaboration with a customer on a storage tank and on a pipeline. The robot has been in development for the last year.

Figure 1 shows the Seikowave 3DSL Rhino 3D imaging inspection system with an example of a 3D image that contains corrosion with welds. The 3DSL NDT Software Suite from Seikowave is able to analyze the image:

  • 1.To determine distortion and strain at the weld
  • 2.To calculate the remaining strength based on wall thickness (metal) loss per level I and level II methodologies
  • 3.To provide input data for finite element analysis (FEA) for level III assessments

The mecanum wheels on the robot enable omni-directional motion. Rare earth magnets allow the robot to remain in position on the surface of the structure while the magnets do not contact the steel object.

Figure 2 shows the MR Equus concept being tested on a tank and Figure 3 shows MR Equus concept being tested on a pipeline. Both figures show MR Equus integrated with both a motion tracking solution and a wireless connection.

MR Equus is a NDT robotic platform that could be used to assess pipes, tanks, tank floor, and pressure vessel infrastructure. It is ideal for large area scanning providing auto-align and merging of images.

Figure 4 shows the output of a dent anomaly assessment. The dent occurred across a weld. The assessment algorithms developed at Seikowave are able to detect small mechanical deformations.

We look forward to further feedback following a major customer using the concept MR Equus during a plant turnaround the first quarter 2017.Seikowave recently tested it’s concept robot (MR Equus) leveraging our 3D NDT technology. This technology was tested in collaboration with a customer on a storage tank and on a pipeline. The robot has been in development for the last year.