GB2545624A - PIG drive assembly and method - Google Patents

PIG drive assembly and method

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GB2545624A
GB2545624A GB1706986.5A GB201706986A GB2545624A GB 2545624 A GB2545624 A GB 2545624A GB 201706986 A GB201706986 A GB 201706986A GB 2545624 A GB2545624 A GB 2545624A
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body portion
pipeline
robot
assembly
drive assembly
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John Langdale Simon
James Little Wesley
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SYNTHOTECH Ltd
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16LPIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16L55/00Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
    • F16L55/26Pigs or moles, i.e. devices movable in a pipe or conduit with or without self-contained propulsion means
    • F16L55/28Constructional aspects
    • F16L55/30Constructional aspects of the propulsion means, e.g. towed by cables
    • F16L55/32Constructional aspects of the propulsion means, e.g. towed by cables being self-contained

Abstract

A robot drive assembly (110) for moving a robot (100) along a substantially cylindrical pipeline within the pipeline, the assembly comprising first and second body portions (110A, 110B), the first body portion (110A) being arranged to be rotated about a longitudinal axis of the assembly relative to the second body portion (110B) by drive means (110M1), wherein the first body portion (110A) has at least one drive roller (111R) coupled thereto, the robot (100) being configured such that rotation of the first body portion relative to the pipeline and second body portion about a longitudinal axis of the first body portion causes the at least one drive roller (111R) to rotate in contact with an inner wall of the pipeline about a roller axis oriented such as to cause simultaneous rotation and translation of the first body portion (110A) with respect to the pipeline.
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PCT/EP2015/074139 WO2016062661A1 (en) 2014-10-19 2015-10-19 Pig drive assembly and method

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US20040173116A1 (en) * 2001-10-17 2004-09-09 William Marsh Rice University Autonomous robotic crawler for in-pipe inspection

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GB201706986D0 (en) 2017-06-14

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