Continuum Robots Collaborate for Safe Manipulation of High-Temperature Flame to Enable Repairs in Challenging Environments

Xin Dong, Mingfeng Wang, Abdelkhalick Mohammad, Weiming Ba, Matteo Russo, Andy Norton, James Kell, Dragos Axinte

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Abstract

This letter presents two long continuum robots, inserted through small holes, and working collaboratively in a crammed space to manipulate an extreme-temperature (>2000 °C) flame for coating repair on aeroengines without the need of their disassembly. One robot (Adder) carries a thermal spray nozzle while the other (Observer) carries cameras and a flame ignitor, supporting the locomotion and operation of the Adder, which was demonstrated on a real aeroengine offering advantages in both operational time and repair costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4217-4220
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Volume27
Issue number5
Early online date18 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished Online - 18 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Challenging environment
  • collaboration
  • continuum robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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