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Autonomous Robot for an Automatic Inspection of Nozzle Welds in Nuclear Environment

Objective

Regular in-service inspection is important to verify the integrity of welded nozzle sections in nuclear and other safety critical facilities. Nozzle sections made from austenitic steel can be susceptible to rapid crack growth due to thermal fatigue and stress corrosion. Early detection of cracks is therefore essential to ensure the continued safe operation of the facility in question. In order to reduce the time and cost of such inspections there is an urgent need to develop a system capable of performing a full inspection of nozzles without the need to change probes. The aim of NozzleInspect project is to design an autonomous robot system that able to: reduce the inspection times, Improve defect delectability and sizing, Reduce human intervention which will reduce workforce radiation uptake and Reduce requirement for robotic manipulation and consequently reduce size and cost of robotic deployment system. The goal of NozzleInspect project is to improve the reliability of the inspection of the welded nozzle sections in nuclear and other safety critical facilities. The robot will carry out a new and novel flexible phased array probe to allow a full inspection of nozzle weld areas and an advanced navigation system that follow the weld in nozzle. The presence of defects in these parts could lead to catastrophic component failure.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 103 902
Administrative Contact
Agata Surowiec (Ms.)

Participants (7)

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE OPTEL SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 202 537
Address
Jerzego Kowalskiego 5
52-428 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wieslaw Bicz (Mr.)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 214 787
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
An Nguyen-Dinh (Mr.)
PEAK NDT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 210 287
Address
Clarke Street - The Derwent Business Centre Unit 7
DE1 2BU Derby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alison Whittle (Ms.)
PHOENIX INSPECTION SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 537
Address
Dalton House - Hardwick Grange 40
WA1 4RF Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Quirk (Mr.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rymantas Kazys (Prof.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanki (Ms.)
IBERDROLA GENERACION SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 30 350
Address
Cardenal Gardoqui 8
48008 Bilbao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Mariscal (Mr.)