Robotic Eddy Current Condenser Inspection Equipment Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00167-11-P-0432
Agency Tracking Number: N111-059-1385
Amount: $79,719.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N111-059
Solitcitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Wolf Technical Services, Inc.
9855 Crosspoint Blvd, Suite 126, Indianapolis, IN, -
Duns: 087046165
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Thogersen
 Electrical Engineer
 (317) 842-6075
 pthogersen@wolftechnical.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Ward
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (317) 842-6075
Email: jward@wolftechnical.com
Research Institution
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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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