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Neptune II
This project is no longer active.
Head: Hagen Schempf
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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The Field Robotics Center (FRC) at Carnegie Mellon University developed a mobile robot to inspect interiors of fuel storage tanks, both above-ground (AST) and under-ground (UGST). Neptune inspects tanks for visible deterioration, using a video camera and inspects for wall and floor corrosion, using add-on sensors, as part of its standard capabilities. The system included a self-contained portable unit, which attaches to storage tanks. This unit deploys a small, reconfigurable robot, driven by dual magnetic tracks, carrying a camera and lights, navigation system, ultrasonic testing (UT) sensors, or other sensing probes. The robot's reconfigurable design allowed it to fit through large tank openings (20" O.D.) using a parallel-crawler configuration.