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Grinding assembly, grinding apparatus, weld joint defect repair system, and methods

United States Patent

September 27, 2005
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A grinding assembly for grinding a weld joint of a workpiece includes a grinder apparatus, a grinder apparatus includes a grinding wheel configured to grind the weld joint, a member configured to receive the grinding wheel, the member being configured to be removably attached to the grinder apparatus, and a sensor assembly configured to detect a contact between the grinding wheel and the workpiece. The grinding assembly also includes a processing circuitry in communication with the grinder apparatus and configured to control operations of the grinder apparatus, the processing circuitry configured to receive weld defect information of the weld joint from an inspection assembly to create a contour grinding profile to grind the weld joint in a predetermined shape based on the received weld defect information, and a manipulator having an end configured to carry the grinder apparatus, the manipulator further configured to operate in multiple dimensions.
Larsen; Eric D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Watkins; Arthur D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bitsoi; Rodney J. (Ririe, ID), Pace; David P. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 896,411
July 21, 2004
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC07-991D13727 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.