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Robotized inspection of vertical structures of a solar power plant using NDT techniques

 
: Felsch, Torsten; Strauß, Gunnar; Perez, Carmen; Rego, J.M.; Maurtua, I.; Susperregi, Loreto; Rodriguez, J.R.

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Robotics 4 (2015), Nr.2, S.103-119
ISSN: 2218-6581
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IFF ()

Abstract
Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants are expansive facilities that require substantial inspection and maintenance. A fully automated inspection robot increases the efficiency of maintenance work, reduces operating and maintenance costs, and improves safety and work conditions for service technicians. This paper describes a climbing robot that is capable of performing inspection and maintenance on vertical surfaces of solar power plants, e.g., the tubes of the receiver in a central tower CSP plant. Specifically, the service robot's climbing mechanism is explained and the results of the nondestructive inspection methods are reviewed. The robot moves on the panels of the receiver in the tower and aligns the sensors correctly for inspection. The vertical movement of the climbing kinematics is synchronized with the movement of the tower's crane. Various devices that detect surface defects and thickness losses inside the tube were integrated into the robot. Since the tubes are exposed to very high radiation, they need to be inspected regularly.

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