Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe

George Vradis, Daniel Driscoll, Hagen Schempf, Richard Baker

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Abstract

A tetherless robotic visual inspection system for natural gas distribution mains promises to provide gas utilities with valuble information regarding the condition of the infrastructure. The robot is named EXPLORER, and it allows the economical determination of the proper remedial action to rehabilitate or replace certain pieces of pipe. The robots's computer and electronics are protected in purged and pressurized housings. Communication between robot and operator is accomplished via wireless radio frequency technology, using pipe as a waveguide for long-range communications. Explorer has demonstrated the ability to provide long-distance visual inspection of low- and high-pressure distribution mains, in an efficient and safe manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalPipeline and Gas Journal
Volume232
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005

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Gases
Inspection
Pipe
Robots
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Pressure distribution
Natural gas
Robotics
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Vradis, G., Driscoll, D., Schempf, H., & Baker, R. (2005). Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe. Pipeline and Gas Journal, 232(4), 14-18.

Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe. / Vradis, George; Driscoll, Daniel; Schempf, Hagen; Baker, Richard.

In: Pipeline and Gas Journal, Vol. 232, No. 4, 04.2005, p. 14-18.

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Vradis, G, Driscoll, D, Schempf, H & Baker, R 2005, 'Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe', Pipeline and Gas Journal, vol. 232, no. 4, pp. 14-18.
Vradis G, Driscoll D, Schempf H, Baker R. Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe. Pipeline and Gas Journal. 2005 Apr;232(4):14-18.
Vradis, George ; Driscoll, Daniel ; Schempf, Hagen ; Baker, Richard. / Industry gains a new tool for long-range visual inspection of live gas pipe. In: Pipeline and Gas Journal. 2005 ; Vol. 232, No. 4. pp. 14-18.
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