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Residue detection for real-time removal of paint from metallic surfaces
Author(s): Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Xiaoqi Bao; Benjamin P. Dolgin; Neville I. Marzwell
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Paper Abstract

Paint stripping from large steel ships and other metallic surfaces is a major environmental safety, cost, and operational challenge in effectively and efficiently maintaining and refurbishing large structures. Environmental concerns are greatly limiting the possible options. As a result, a hybrid system composed of a waterjet with water recycling and robotic mobile manipulators with scanning bridges has become the leading form of paint stripping and was constructed by various manufacturers to address this need. The application of such scanning bridges is slow and their access is constrained by the complex shape of the ship hull and various features on the surface. To overcome these limitations, a robotic system that is called UltraStrip (UltraStrip Systems, Inc., Stuart, FL) is developed. This system uses magnetic wheels to attach the stripper to the structure and travel on it while performing paint stripping. To assure efficient paint stripping feedback data is required to control the travel speed by monitoring the paint thickness before and during the stripping process. Efforts at JPL are currently underway to develop the required feedback capability to assure effective paint stripping. Various possible sensors were considered and issues that can affect the sensitivity, reliability and applicability of the sensors are being investigated with emphasis on measuring the initial conditions of the paint. Issues that affect the sensory data in dynamic conditions are addressed while providing real-time real feedback for the control of the paint stripper speed of travel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4335, Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring, (24 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434165
Show Author Affiliations
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Xiaoqi Bao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Benjamin P. Dolgin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Neville I. Marzwell, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4335:
Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation for Structural and Biological Health Monitoring
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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