Pipe inspection micro-robot


A robot inserted into a pipe to inspect abnormal sections.

Microrobots that move inside pipes to inspect abnormal sections are the most promising applications of micromachines. Pipe inspection microrobots are described as follows: they have one or more sensors and travel inside pipes, find abnormal sections, and specify the abnormality type and its location. The two travel types under consideration are the floating type, in which the microrobot travels with the fluid flow inside the pipe, and the self-locomotion type, in which the microrobot travels by an active locomotion mechanism. Each of these methods is further divided into cabled (with a wire for energy supply, communication, etc.) and cableless microrobots.


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