Development of an inspection robot for gas distribution mains: a Mars-mission underground

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Dertien, E.C. and Stramigioli, S. (2010) Development of an inspection robot for gas distribution mains: a Mars-mission underground. In: 2nd Gerg Academic Network Event 2010, 3-4 June 2010, Brussels, Belgium.

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Abstract:The PIRATE project is aimed to design an energy efficient robot system, capable of autonomous navigation in low-pressure gas distribution network. A prototype of the robot structure is currently being evaluated. The prototype is able to move trough pipes of various diameters, and sharp corners can be taken (semi) autonomously. Because of the harsh conditions (temperature, gas, dust), the complex network structure and the lack of communication (no long-range transmission underground) and hence the necessary autonomy for the robot, this project can be compared to a Mars-mission underground.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/80852
Official URL:http://gerg.dgc.eu/activities/brussels_june10/session3/1b_Dertien.pdf
Conference URL:http://gerg.dgc.eu/activities/network10.html
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