Service robot for hull-blasting
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AuthorOrtiz Zaragoza, Francisco José; Iborra García, Andrés José; Álvarez Torres, María Bárbara; Marín García, Fulgencio; Fernández Meroño, José María
Research GroupDivisión de Sistemas e Ingeniería Electrónica (DSIE)
Knowledge AreaTecnología Electrónica
SponsorsThe authors want to acknowledge the Spanish government and European Communities for CICYT-FEDER support (1FD97-0823). Additional funds support from IZAR and Spanish Ministry of Industry (ATYCA).
PublisherInstitute Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Bibliographic CitationIBORRA GARCÍA, Andrés, ÁLVAREZ TORRES, Mª Bárbara, ORTIZ ZARAGOZA, Francisco José, MARÍN GARCÍA, Fulgencio, FERNÁNDEZ MEROÑO, José Mª. Service robot for hull-blasting. En: Annual Conference of the IEEE,( 27th.: 2001, Denver, Colorado). Industrial Electronics Society, 2001. IECON '01. The 27th Annual Conference of the IEEE. Denver: Institut of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2001.
KeywordsLimpieza de casco de buque
Lanzamiento de gravilla
Lanzamiento de agua
Hull grit blasting
Present grit blasting technology for hull cleaning is very pollutant, environmentally unaffordable, and it is progressively forbidden in the most environmental countries (mainly north of Europe). At the time being, the above methodology has been partially substituted by ultra highpressure water blasting, however they do not show as good performance as the grit blasting systems. This paper describes a service robot for hull blasting. The technology we developed consists of the cleaning head, the robot body, the remote control unit and the teleoperation platform. This solution allows a reliable and cost effective operation regarding hull grit blasting, obtaining a high quality surface preparation (SA 2 ½) together with a dramatic reduction of waste and zero emissions to environment. A prototype of the robot has been developed and tested in IZAR shipyards. We presents the functional requirements, system concept and architecture of this robot. This work was supported by the Spanish ...
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