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Title: Piping inspection carriage having axially displaceable sensor

Abstract

A pipe inspection instrument carriage for use with a pipe crawler for performing internal inspections of piping surfaces. The carriage has a front leg assembly, a rear leg assembly and a central support connecting the two assemblies and for mounting an instrument arm having inspection instruments. The instrument arm has a y-arm mounted distally thereon for axially aligning the inspection instrumentation and a mounting block, a linear actuator and axial movement arm for extending the inspection instruments radially outward to operably position the inspection instruments on the piping interior. Also, the carriage has a rotation motor and gear assembly for rotating the central support and the front leg assembly with respect to the rear leg assembly so that the inspection instruments azimuthally scan the piping interior. The instrument carriage allows performance of all piping inspection operations with a minimum of moving parts, thus decreasing the likelihood of performance failure.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Martinez, GA)
  2. (Augusta, GA)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER CO
OSTI Identifier:
869630
Patent Number(s):
US 5370006
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) SRS
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
piping; inspection; carriage; axially; displaceable; sensor; pipe; instrument; crawler; performing; internal; inspections; surfaces; front; leg; assembly; rear; central; support; connecting; assemblies; mounting; arm; instruments; y-arm; mounted; distally; thereon; aligning; instrumentation; block; linear; actuator; axial; movement; extending; radially; outward; operably; position; interior; rotation; motor; gear; rotating; respect; azimuthally; scan; allows; performance; operations; minimum; moving; decreasing; likelihood; failure; central support; linear actuator; gear assembly; pipe crawler; rear leg; front leg; axial movement; leg assembly; radially outward; piping inspection; instrument carriage; pipe inspection; inspection instrument; axially align; /73/324/

Citation Formats

Zollinger, William T., and Treanor, Richard C. Piping inspection carriage having axially displaceable sensor. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Zollinger, William T., & Treanor, Richard C. Piping inspection carriage having axially displaceable sensor. United States.
Zollinger, William T., and Treanor, Richard C. Sat . "Piping inspection carriage having axially displaceable sensor". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/869630.
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title = {Piping inspection carriage having axially displaceable sensor},
author = {Zollinger, William T. and Treanor, Richard C.},
abstractNote = {A pipe inspection instrument carriage for use with a pipe crawler for performing internal inspections of piping surfaces. The carriage has a front leg assembly, a rear leg assembly and a central support connecting the two assemblies and for mounting an instrument arm having inspection instruments. The instrument arm has a y-arm mounted distally thereon for axially aligning the inspection instrumentation and a mounting block, a linear actuator and axial movement arm for extending the inspection instruments radially outward to operably position the inspection instruments on the piping interior. Also, the carriage has a rotation motor and gear assembly for rotating the central support and the front leg assembly with respect to the rear leg assembly so that the inspection instruments azimuthally scan the piping interior. The instrument carriage allows performance of all piping inspection operations with a minimum of moving parts, thus decreasing the likelihood of performance failure.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1994},
month = {Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1994}
}

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