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Development of novel Non Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques and autonomous robots to be deployed by Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs) for the sub-sea inspection of offshore structure welds

Objective

The project objective is to develop sub-sea NDT techniques to be applied by novel robots developed to be deployed to sub-sea structures by a Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) for the examination of critical welds and lengths of sub-sea pipelines. The NDT techniques, systems and sensors to be developed for sub-sea ROV deployed applications include: 1. Phased Array Automated Ultrasonic Testing (PA - AUT) for the volumetric examination of critical sub-sea jacket welds on structural tubulars, support legs and node sections 2. Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) for the surface and near surface examination of critical sub-sea jacket welds on structural tubulars, support legs and node sections 3. Long Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT) using guided ultrasonic waves for the examination of sub-sea flow lines, oil & gas import and export lines and risers for corrosion and other volumetric defects. Although the above are recognised established NDT techniques, their application to offshore sub-sea structures by ROVs has yet to be developed and constitutes a significant challenge. The use of ROV deployed NDT techniques is now preferred to those applied by divers because of personal safety and dive depth limitations. In the North Sea there are about 150 fixed platforms and over 60% of them are older than 20 years and beyond their original design life. The need for this work to be undertaken comes from the concerns by national and European regulatory bodies as to the condition of such structures. It is likely that further life extension of these platforms and an increase in technical duty (e.g. tie ins to other oil and gas fields)

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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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
€ 90 000
Administrative Contact
Tony Mcnulty (Mr.)

Participants (8)

DACON AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 242 809
Address
Gamle Ringeriksv 6
1369 Stabekk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trygre T Steinert (Mr.)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 237 162
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.)
I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 237 188
Address
Via Della Cascina Pontevica 21
25010 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Nardoni (Mr.)
GENERAL ROBOTICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 691
Address
Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East 7
MK12 5TW Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jason Tisdall (Dr.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Riszard Kalebczuk (Mr.)
TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Mill Square, Featherstone Road 6
MK12 5RB Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Lugg (Dr.)
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 750
Address
Merton Road, Redgrave Court
L20 7HS Bootle Merseyside
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexander Stacey (Dr.)
PETROLEUMSTILSYNET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Professor Olav Hanssens Vei 10
4003 Stavanger
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerd Randi Kaland (Ms.)