CRANESInspectProject reference: 284561
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Continuous Reliable Advanced Novel Efficient Structural Health Monitoring system for crane inspection applications
There is a vital need for systems to continuously monitor the structural health of the cranes. Cranes are of the most common machinery used in industry. Cranes of any type are used for the manipulation of loads, depending on load specifications as well as task requirements, accessibility and cost. They are installed in industrial plants, construction sites, shipyards, ports, etc.
In 2008, there was a reported 401 crane accidents of which 217 accidents were fatal. It is fair to assume that not all accidents are reported. An Occupational Health and Safety Administration report cites that there is insufficient data to calculate the actual likelihood of death of the entire worker exposure to lifting operations. However for crane operators alone there is a risk of 1 in 1000 being fatally injured.
It is proposed to develop a continuous non-invasive approach for monitoring failures of cranes in real-time. The project will develop an advanced integrated structural health monitoring system to continuously monitor cranes in industrial, logistics, construction, and shipbuilding sites. New and novel Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques and sensor systems are used in order to inspect for structural damage or cracks in the main frame caused from fatigue, distortion, corrosion, etc., and to provide real time information about the condition of the structure.
The CRANESInspect monitoring and prevention system features important advantages, such as:
- Real time monitoring of the structure to ensure safety
- Prevention of a catastrophic and fatal accident
- Cost-effective and total solution for inspection/maintenance
- Reduction of human intervention and operator subjectivity
- Highly sensitive and accurate Acoustic Emission (AE) technology
The goal is to reach further than any similar system in existence toward a complete and commercially competitive solution at the end of the project.
EU contribution: EUR 80 291
L KIPHISIAS 116 KAI DAVAKI 1
EU contribution: EUR 226 993
HIGH STREET 46-48A
SL1 7JP BURNHAM BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
EU contribution: EUR 225 582
Calle Ciudad de Frias 1-Nave 4
Tel.: +34 91 796 141 8
Fax: +34 917954759
EU contribution: EUR 236 048
HILDERSHAM ROAD NORTH WING THE OLD LIVERY
CB21 6DR CAMBRIDGE
Tel.: +44 203 286 1168
EU contribution: EUR 25 028
3081 AD Rotterdam
EU contribution: EUR 82 234
GRANTA PARK GREAT ABINGTON
CB21 6AL CAMBRIDGE
Tel.: +44 1223 899 532
EU contribution: EUR 223 224