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JRM Vol.15 No.6 pp. 609-615
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2003.p0609
(2003)

Paper:

In-Pipe Inspection Micro Robot Adaptable to Changes in Pipe Diameter

Shuichi Wakimoto, Koichi Suzumori, Masanori Takata, and Jun Nakajima

Okayama University, 3-1-1, Tsushima-naka, Okayama, Japan

Received:
April 9, 2003
Accepted:
October 10, 2003
Published:
December 20, 2003
Keywords:
pipe inspection robot, snake-like robot, micro robot, sinusoidal drive
Abstract

In the development of a microrobot for inspecting the inside of pipes with an internal diameter of 1 to 3 inches, the author of this paper designed an in-pipe mobile mechanism adaptive to pipe diameter based on a snake robot and evaluated it theoretically and experimentally. The authors fabricated 2 robots of different size. The first, Prototype A, was used to verify functions and confirm the driving mechanism. It demonstrated basic motion and moved in all directions during an experiment in which the robot passed through a T-shaped pipe. The second, Prototype B, was downsized and could run in narrow channel whose width changes from 0.7 to 3.9 inches.

Cite this article as:
Shuichi Wakimoto, Koichi Suzumori, Masanori Takata, and Jun Nakajima, “In-Pipe Inspection Micro Robot Adaptable to Changes in Pipe Diameter,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.15, No.6, pp. 609-615, 2003.
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