Conformable eddy current array delivery

Rahul Summan, Gareth Pierce, Charles MacLeod, Carmelo Mineo, Jonathan Riise, Maxim Morozov, Gordon Dobie, Gary Bolton, Angélique Raude, Colombe Dalpé, Johannes Braumann

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The external surface of stainless steel containers used for the interim storage of nuclear material may be subject to Atmospherically Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking (AISCC). The inspection of such containers poses a significant challenge due to the large quantities involved; therefore, automating the inspection process is of considerable interest. This paper reports upon a proof-of-concept project concerning the automated NDT of a set of test containers containing artificially generated AISCCs. An Eddy current array probe with a conformable padded surface from Eddyfi was used as the NDT sensor and end effector on a KUKA KR5 arc HW robot. A kinematically valid cylindrical raster scan path was designed using the KUKA|PRC path planning software. Custom software was then written to interface measurement acquisition from the Eddyfi hardware with the motion control of the robot. Preliminary results and analysis are presented from scanning two canisters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd Annual Review Of Progress In Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationIncorporating the 6th European-American Workshop on Reliability of NDE
EditorsDale E. Chimenti, Leonard J. Bond
Place of PublicationMelville, NY.
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2016
Event42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Duration: 26 Jul 201531 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameAIP conference proceedings
PublisherAIP Publishing
ISSN (Print)0094-243X


Conference42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, Minnesota


  • eddies
  • robotics
  • corrosion
  • cracks

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