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Miniaturised Robotic systems for holistic in-situ Repair and maintenance works in restrained and hazardous environments

Objective

MiRoR aims to develop a fundamentally novel concept of a Miniaturised Robotic Machine (Mini-RoboMach) system, that equipped with intelligence-driven and autonomous abilities, will be demonstrated for holistic in-situ repair and maintenance of large and/or intricate installations.
This will be done via the following research steps:
-Develop a novel concept of Mini-RoboMach, with unique complementary miniature systems: (1) novel “free-leg hexapod” (i.e. without base platform) for providing both “walking” and 6-axis processing capability; (2) an original stiffness-controlled flexible-arm robot for enabling “snaking” and 6-axis light processing ability. The complementarily means that a hybrid configuration of Mini-RoboMach, i.e. “walk & snake-in” can be utilised.
-Develop MiRoR intelligent controller equipped with following key abilities:
Self-positioning: enable walk and/or snake navigations to/from work and calibration of end-effectors on required features;
Reasoning: decide on methods of accessing the working area (walking and/or snaking-in mode) while learning from these experiences.
Planning: schedule task successions and optimise Mini-RoboMach path in reference to intervention on different places within the installation
Adaptation: modify the parameters of treatment procedures for developing a self-protection ability of Mini-RoboMach in case it encounters harmful/unfavourable conditions.
-Develop a unique virtual test bench for the hardware (e.g. Mini-RoboMach) and software (intelligent controller) of MiRoR so that its robustness and capability to work unsupervised within required harsh/remote workspaces can pre-assessed and corrected before its effective utilisation.
-Demonstrate MiRoR by performing in-situ holistic repair/maintenance works (e.g. inspection and processing – material deposition, removal) on high investment, large and/or intricate industrial such as (power plants, aero-engines, construction / infrastructure, offshore platforms, etc).

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 776 169,89
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (7)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 614 194,14
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 695 488,45
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luis Uriarte (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 439 812,30
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Kunz (Dr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 324 824,70
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dave Bone (Mr.)
INTELLIGENDT SYSTEMS & SERVICES GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 148 734,22
Address
Paul Gossen Strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reinhold Zeilinger (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 400
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
OMV PETROM S.A
Romania
EU contribution
€ 85 374,30
Address
Calea Dorobantilor 239 Sector 1
010567 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Radu Iosif (Mr.)