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Robotic platform for traveling on vertical piping network

United States Patent

February 3, 2015
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This invention relates generally to robotic systems and is specifically designed for a robotic system that can navigate vertical pipes within a waste tank or similar environment. The robotic system allows a process for sampling, cleaning, inspecting and removing waste around vertical pipes by supplying a robotic platform that uses the vertical pipes to support and navigate the platform above waste material contained in the tank.
Nance; Thomas A. (Aiken, SC), Vrettos; Nick J. (Augusta, GA), Krementz; Daniel (Augusta, GA), Marzolf; Athneal D. (Martinez, GA)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
13/ 260,884
April 20, 2011
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-08SR22470 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.