Inspection of Hydrocarbon Tanks

Squidbot is a AUV in development that will operate in confined areas providing inspection and non-destructive testing. It is self-contained and operates without umbilicals. The AUV shall be intrinsically safe for inspection of in-service (liquid filled) reservoirs in atex-rated environments. SquidBot is a submersible robot, able to avoid and overcome obstacles, and thus cover a large area of the inspected reservoir. The robot has instruments to perform the non-destructive internal tests, such as the measurement of wall thicknesses, and it has a cleaning tool to remove sludge when required by the chosen ndt inspection tools.

This project had as partners Thirteen Robotics and Repsol Sinopec Brasil and it was funded by Repsol Sinopec Brasil and Agência Nacional do Petróleo