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Seeking automated methods for non-destructive detection of corrosion and rust (closed)

IPI Singapore
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Tags: Singapore, RIE Industry Day, Engineering, Corrosion automation inspection, Automation, Unmanned vehicles, Drones, Innovation
Audience: Students, Researchers, Start-Ups, Businesses, Subject Matter Experts, Other
Anticipated Funding: TBC
Applications close: June 30, 2019
Last Updated: June 30, 2019 10:47 PM
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The Challenge

This company provides engineering solutions to a number of different industries, and a part of their work involves the inspection of the metallic surface of structures for signs of corrosion or rusting. The earlier that the signs of corrosion and rusting can be detected, the earlier these issues can be contained or rectified. The location of corrosion and rusting can occur at different places, and also at places that are could endanger the life of an inspection stuff.

Currently, the company manually inspect structures through visual and other means. However, these methods still require a staff to be physically present at the inspection site to conduct such inspections, which could be challenging and dangerous in certain situations, e.g. high places, difficult to reach, places with space constraints, etc. Furthermore, corrosion and rust might remain undetected if it is nascent, thus requiring a trained eye or destructive methods to perform such inspections.

This company is seeking to test-bed solutions that can be mounted onto unmanned vehicles, such as drones, to inspect the metallic surface of structures for corrosion and rust. The technology should be able to automatically identify corrosion and rust from a distance, zoom in to view the said defects and ideally mark the location for human intervention.

Technology owners should be open to work closely with the company to test the solution in phases, and further develop the technology to meet the said requirements. In the initial phase, the inspection solution could be handheld to test out the feasibility. Upon successful demonstration, the next phase could involve the mounting of the inspection solution on unmanned drones.

Technical Specifications

This technology should be able to (but not limited to):

  • Automatically identify corrosion and/or rust on the metallic surface of structures
  • Scan for corrosion and/or rust at a stand-off distance of 30 cm
  • Scan for corrosion and/or rust, zooming in automatically to provide higher resolution images when such defects have been detected
  • Scan through paints or coatings to inspect the metallic structures below
  • Operate when mounted on an unmanned vehicle, e.g. drones, and also when unmounted
  • Ideally, mark out the location manually or digitally

Eligibility Criteria

The Event is open to global and Singapore-based research providers, students, or companies (start-ups, SMEs or larger companies).

We recommend that you consider the Technology Readiness Level that Problem Owners are seeking for when submitting solutions, as well as whether there is any requirement for selected applicants to have a physical presence in Singapore.

Global applicants must be prepared to bear any travel cost, be it for the face-to-face meeting on RIE Industry Day 2019, or for subsequent follow-up meetings. Subject to the approval of the Problem Owner, a teleconference meeting can be set up between the Problem Owner and shortlisted Solver for the first meeting.

Terms and Conditions

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How to Apply

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