Case 13758

Robotic Apparatus and Process for Pipeline Rehabilitation

Keywords:

Pipeline leakage, robot inspection

Applications:

Pipelines of various geometry

Problem:

Pipeline leakage.

Technology:

This invention presents the design of a robotic device for patching pipeline leaks. A stretchable curing patch is designed for the pipe which ensures that it fits perfectly within the pipe. The patch is driven by a robotic device which carries a camera and can be controlled wirelessly. The curing patch can be designed to fit both circular and non-circular pipe geometry.

Advantages:
  • Fixing the pipeline from the inside is a more secure solution for pipeline leakage.
  • The whole process is robotic which can be controlled wirelessly.
  • Inventors:
    • Professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi(Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT)
    • Professor Muhammad A. Hawwa (Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals)

    Intellectual Property:

    US Patent Application 61/479523 filed on April 27, 2011

    Publications:

    N/A

    Last revised: Aug 24, 2011

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