A novel visual pipework inspection system

Summan, Rahul and Jackson, William and Dobie, Gordon and MacLeod, Charles Norman and Mineo, Carmelo and West, Graeme and Offin, Douglas and Bolton, Gary and Marshall, Stephen and Lille, Alexander (2017) A novel visual pipework inspection system. In: QNDE 2017, 2016-07-16 - 2017-07-21.

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    The interior visual inspection of pipelines in the nuclear industry is a safety critical activity conducted during outages to ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of plant. Typically, the video output by a manually deployed probe is viewed by an operator looking to identify and localise surface defects such as corrosion, erosion and pitting. However, it is very challenging to estimate the nature and extent of defects by viewing a large structure through a relatively small field of view. This work describes a new visual inspection system employing photogrammetry using a fisheye camera and a structured light system to map the internal geometry of pipelines by generating a photorealistic, geometrically accurate surface model. The error of the system output was evaluated through comparison to a ground truth laser scan (ATOS GOM Triple Scan) of a nuclear grade split pipe sample (stainless steel 304L, 80mm internal diameter) containing defects representative of the application – the error was found to be submillimetre across the sample.

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    Summan, Rahul ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4090-4528, Jackson, William ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1360-4722, Dobie, Gordon ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3972-5917, MacLeod, Charles Norman ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4364-9769, Mineo, Carmelo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5086-366X, West, Graeme ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0884-6070, Offin, Douglas, Bolton, Gary, Marshall, Stephen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7079-5628 and Lille, Alexander;