Drones could provide answer to corrosion in oil pipes


University research has found that drones could be useful for companies looking to avoid corrosion in oil pipes.

The work forms part of the H2020 European Research and Innovation project Aeroarms, which is funded by the European Commission.

In late May the multi-sensor localization and mapping techniques and new planning methods developed by the University of Seville will be experimented with at a refinery in northern Germany before more experiments are performed next June and July.

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The work is expected to produce results to generate several industrial products immediately after the project, including aerial manipulators for contact inspection and installation of sensors.

Showing how drones could support the work to avoid corrosion in oil pipes, the University of Seville demonstrated an aerial robot with two arms, mapping by using 3D Lidar and new techniques for position estimation without GPS.

The methods were integrated in a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping method.

It is hoped the industrial products generated after the work will decrease drastically the inspection and maintenance required time and costs.

Recently, demand from the oil and gas industry prompted Terra Drone to open a branch in Angola.

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