Skip to main content

Vortex Robot for Rapid Low Cost Scanning and Improved Non-Destructive Testing of Large Concrete Structures

Objective

Large public infrastructure facilities around the world like dams, cooling towers and bridges use cement as the main building material. Although made from a durable material many of these large assets have begun to age and are in need of periodic inspection to ensure their integrity. Current inspection routine involves setting up scaffolds that have to be moved around for personnel to reach to the whole of the surface.
The VORTEXSCAN proposal seeks to develop a vortex robot that will autonomously navigate the vertical surfaces of such structures while deploying a combination of non destructive inspection techniques. Air suction through a nozzle of a specific geometry will create a vortex and initiate a force that attaches the robot to a vertical surface while its wheels move it around. Novel phased array Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) will be one of the two NDT equipment carried by the robot. Low frequency ultrasonics will also be deployed and an innovative fusion of data from the two techniques will be performed. The fusion will diminish the drawbacks of each technique and create an accurate representation of the underlying material and its defects.
VORTEXSCAN will create a system that can rapidly and economically inspect large vertical concrete structures saving huge amounts currently spent during the manual periodic inspections. The system will target EUs electrical power industry structures such nuclear reactor containment, dams and cooling towers as a large number of these infrastructure types are beginning to age; some of them having been built nearly a century ago.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radar

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE
Address
Ioannoy Metaxa 59
19400 Koropi Attikis
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 265 479,25
Administrative Contact
Panos Chatzakos (Dr.)

Participants (7)

DTK ELECTRONICS OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 201 958,87
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse Blvd 133 Et 2 Of 205
BG-1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Todorov (Mr.)
ENKON ENDUSTRIYEL KONTROL KAYNAK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 203 682,88
Address
Kuzey Sahil Yolu Lodos St.
34903
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mustafa Cakmak (Mr.)
DOTSOFT OLOKLIROMENES EFARMOGES DIADIKTIOY KAI VASEON DEDOMENON AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 198 951
Address
Kountourioti 3
54625 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Adamoudi (Mrs.)
INETEC-INSTITUT ZA NUKLEARNU TEHNOLOGIJU DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA ISTRAZIVACKO RAZVOJNE I KONSULTING USLUGE, PROIZVODNJU I TRGOVINU
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 14 544
Address
Dolenica 28 Lucko
10 250 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martina Fabijan (Ms.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 41 932,99
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 39 356
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Munawar A. Dossul (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 22 095,01
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isaac Lagaris (Prof.)