AUTOMATED DEVICE FOR IN-SERVICE MONITORING OF OVERHEAD PIPES, BURNERS AND TURBINES IN PETROCHEMICAL PLANTS
Journal: Open Journal of Mechanical Engineering (OJME)
Author: Vimal Upadhyay, G.N. Pandey
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In present scenario in service health monitoring of turbines, boilers and overhead pipes in petrochemical and gas industries are more concern for higher perspective of research because a single day shutdown of such type organizations came in the form of million dollar loss. In case of oil and gas industries most of failures occur due to structure. The development of a condition assessment program for overhead pipes considers the program drivers and objectives. The drivers may include regulatory compliance, limited space, operation and maintenance efficiency, reliable, risk management, faster and/or financial budgeting forecast. Drive control crawler with manipulator and ultrasonic sensor plays important roles in pipeline robot. In order to inspect the thickness and corrosion of overhead pipeline, an original mobile overhead pipeline clamping robot with crawler drive unit, power and monitor unit, central control unit, and ultrasonic wave inspection device is developed. All above different units connected with zigbee for reliable information channel. Considering the limited space and small size of crawler, a compact hardware system is designed based on set up (dc~dc converters), AVL and ARM processors with two zigbee and controllers. The implementation of the crawler with manipulator and ultrasonic sensor demonstrates that the presented drive control scheme can meet the rotation of manipulator arm, fixing of ultrasonic probe and motion of crawler requirements of the inspection of overhead pipeline in petrochemical plants.