This project aims to design an energy efficient robot system, capable of autonomous inspection of the low-pressure gas distribution network. Also sensors for inspection and navigation inside the pipe are being developed.

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Robotics and Mechatronics

The robot is under development at the laboratory for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Twente where research and development in service robotics is carried out in the LEO centre for service robotics. The lab is part of the CTIT institute.

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The project is carried out at the LEO centre for service robotics. A consortium consisting of KIWA and Duch network operators (Cogas, Enexis, Liander and Endinet) has teamed up to facilitate the development. Industrialisation of the robot will be done by ALSTOM Inspection Robotics

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Defense first PIRATE thesis

July 3rd, Edwin successfully defended his thesis entitled “design of an inspection robot for small diameter gas distribution mains”. The thesis can be downloaded [here] (picture by Pieter Jonker)