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STTR Phase II: Development of a Remote Climbing Robot for Automating Welding…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84949
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0712523
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Robotic Technologies of Tennessee
2560 Nova Circle Cookeville, TN 38501-5600
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: STTR Phase II: Development of a Remote Climbing Robot for Automating Welding Processes in the Shipbuilding Industry
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0849008
Award Amount: $499,994.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II research project will advance a Mobile Robotic Welding System (MRWS) to significantly improve automated ship fabrication techniques in the United States. Providing automation to the American shipbuilding industry poses significant challenges. Traditional robotic systems are inadequate in industries such as shipbuilding characterized by size and scale because of their inherent inability to adhere and maneuver across uneven and even inverted environments while maintaining a weld. The team addresses these problems by merging recent climbing robot technology developed for remote inspection tasks in the electric power industry with automated welding equipment. This project will advance this technology, moving it from the laboratory to the field and address the technical challenges posed by real-world conditions. This will include vehicle and manipulator interaction in a dynamic environment, sensor systems capable of handling variable conditions, and robust navigation and control algorithms with self preserving and correcting behaviors. This proposed effort focuses on technology innovation to significantly advance automation of manufacturing, inspection and maintenance processes through an autonomous, mobile climbing robot. If successful the outcome of this project will additionally advance the state of knowledge in performing robotic tasks remotely in unstructured environments. The general need for such capability in robotics is immense. Shipbuilding is an extremely labor-intensive, $15 billion dollar industry in the US, and its success depends on improvements in productivity. Over $40 trillion will be spent worldwide in infrastructure spending between 2005 and 2030. The US will spend $6.52 trillion overall and $1.53 trillion in energy/power segment with includes pipelines, storage facilities and alternative energy.

Principal Investigator:

Jamie W. Beard
PhD
6153908723
jamiebeard@charter.net

Business Contact:

Jamie W. Beard
PhD
6153908723
jamiebeard@charter.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Robotic Technologies of Tennessee
2560 Nova Circle Cookeville, TN 38501

EIN/Tax ID: 208986707
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Tennessee Technological University
Dixie Avenue
Cockeville, TN 38501 3405
Contact: Francis Otuanye
Contact Phone: (931) 372-3374
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university