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Chimera - Robot Inspection of Pressure Vessels

Pressure vessels are considered safety critical infrastructure industries such as oil and gas, nuclear, and petrochemical.

The Forth Engineering Solution

Internal pressure vessel inspection has significant cost and health and safety risk associated with it and is required at specific intervals by industry codes/standards. 

In order to carry out internal inspection, the operator must; stop production, depressurise, store extracted fluid, and vent.

The total cost associated with these activities can be significant and more importantly this way of working puts people in hazardous environments.

Forth is working with partners on an Innovate UK project to develop a robotics and artificial intelligence solution.

CHIMERA is a semi-autonomous robotic platform for internal pressure vessel inspection, repair and maintenance. 

It will be deployed into the pressure vessel without breaking containment via an innovative bolt on headworks. It will be equipped with a sludge/sediment vacuum to clean the pressure vessel, an ultrasonic phased array inspection system and a slender arm for inspection and repair in confined spaces.

 To successfully deliver this, a consortium of experts has been formed with capabilities in robotics, inspection, navigation, in situ repair, AI, civil nuclear and oil and gas. 

There are close ties between the consortium and the targeted industries, providing a direct route to market/exploitation.

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CHIMERA represents a clear technological innovation for the UK pressure vessel inspection market with a major growth opportunity for the SME supply chain in the consortium.

With close ties between the consortium and the targeted industries providing a direct route to market, CHIMERA represents a clear technological innovation for the UK pressure vessel inspection market with a major growth opportunity for the SME supply chain in the consortium.

The robot being developed by Forth will need to perform in a range of situations and spaces in this hazardous environment.

Mark Telford, managing director of Forth, said: “CHIMERA is another example of how Forth, in collaboration with other SMEs, has the expertise to help provide innovative solutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in the nuclear industry, and other industries, around the globe.”

CHIMERA represents a clear technological innovation for the UK pressure vessel inspection market with a major growth opportunity for the SME supply chain in the consortium.

With close ties between the consortium and the targeted industries providing a direct route to market, CHIMERA represents a clear technological innovation for the UK pressure vessel inspection market with a major growth opportunity for the SME supply chain in the consortium.

The robot being developed by Forth will need to perform in a range of situations and spaces in this hazardous environment.

Mark Telford, managing director of Forth, said: “CHIMERA is another example of how Forth, in collaboration with other SMEs, has the expertise to help provide innovative solutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in the nuclear industry, and other industries, around the globe.”

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