Development of an Inspection and Maintenance Robot for Insulated Equipment
Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is a serious problem for outdoor process equipment (e.g. at refineries, chemical plants, offshore installations). Water that penetrates the insulation can cause corrosion in pipes, vessels and storage tanks. This corrosion is not visible from the outside and has been responsible for numerous corrosion accidents. Many techniques have been developed to detect the corrosion without having to remove the insulation. Yet these techniques are limited in their capabilities, and do not offer an effective remedy. Therefore we have developed an alternative approach, using the rapid developments in the area of robotics.