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Title: Apparatus for inspecting piping

An inspection rabbit for inspecting piping systems having severe bends therein. The rabbit consists of a flexible, modular body containing a miniaturized eddy current inspection probe, a self-contained power supply for proper operation of the rabbit, an outer surface that allows ease of movement through piping systems and means for transmitting data generated by the inspection device. The body is preferably made of flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubing or, alternatively, silicone rubber with a shrink wrapping of polytetrafluoroethylene (TEFLON.RTM.). The body is formed to contain the power supply, preferably a plurality of batteries, and a spool of communication wire that connects to a data processing computer external to the piping system.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Martinez, GA)
  2. (Aiken, SC)
  3. (Raleigh, NC)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
869792
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) SRS
Patent Number(s):
US 5398560
Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Research Org:
WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER CO
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
apparatus; inspecting; piping; inspection; rabbit; systems; severe; bends; therein; consists; flexible; modular; containing; miniaturized; eddy; current; probe; self-contained; power; supply; proper; operation; outer; surface; allows; ease; movement; means; transmitting; data; generated; device; preferably; polyvinyl; chloride; pvc; tubing; alternatively; silicone; rubber; shrink; wrapping; polytetrafluoroethylene; teflon; rtm; formed; contain; plurality; batteries; spool; communication; wire; connects; processing; computer; external; vinyl chloride; piping systems; polyvinyl chloride; eddy current; data processing; outer surface; power supply; silicone rubber; processing computer; transmitting data; current inspection; inspection probe; inspecting piping; bends therein; /73/324/376/