Robotic Eddy Current Condenser Inspection Equipment Capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,719.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00167-11-P-0432
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-059-1385
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-059
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
9855 Crosspoint Blvd, Suite 126, Indianapolis, IN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
087046165
Principal Investigator:
Paul Thogersen
Electrical Engineer
(317) 842-6075
pthogersen@wolftechnical.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Ward
Business Manager
(317) 842-6075
jward@wolftechnical.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The purpose of this multi-phase program is to develop an autonomous system that is capable of aligning probes for eddy current inspections on steam condensers. An autonomous system allows a human factor to be eliminated from the current process and introduces a safer, more efficient method of accomplishing this fatiguing task. The system aligns the eddy current inspection probe over the appropriate condenser tube based on a provided CAD drawing and visually signals the operator to continue with inspection following a prior obstruction detection check. The design of Wolf Technical Services"Multi-Axis Autonomous Probe Manipulator (MAAPM) accomplishes these objectives while focusing on ease and safety in both operation and installation. The separable subsystems allow for compact storage and manageability as the device is setup within the confined space work area. Wolf"s design approach allows one system to be used on a wide range of condenser sizes without need for modification. MAAPM can be mounted in multiple locations on the tube array and is designed to withstand the demanding conditions within the condenser environment.

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