Project

ROT

RObots in Tanks

RObots in Tanks

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The project “Evaluation and Demonstration of Robotic Solutions” is part of the collaborative R&D project “Robots in Tanks” (ROT). ROT lays the foundation for the application of robotic systems in the inspection and maintenance of tanks that are complex and difficult to access, as for instance ballast water tanks (BWTs) on ships. The project develops new concepts for adaptive, mobile and (partly) autonomous robots that are needed to operate under the extreme conditions (narrow, inaccessible, dirty) typical for BWTs . These concepts build on and extend the current state-of-the-art, combining adequate methods for locomotion, new designs of control- and system architectures, efficient communication technologies for closed spaces, as well as the necessary sensors and actuators. To demonstrate the concepts, the technical key components of the system will be thoroughly tested, among others using a to-scale ballast water tank “test-bed” specifically developed for this project. In a addition to a concept for robots in tanks, ROT develops recommendations for the “robot-friendly” construction of ballast water tanks. A close cooperation with shipyards (Meyer Werft), classification societies (DNV), and maritime consultants (BALance) throughout the project ensures the conformity of all developed concepts and recommendations with international standards and regulations.

Partners

Meyer Werft (Koordinator) Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV), Norwegen BALance Technology Consulting (subcontractor)

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Publications about the project

Niklas Fischer, Reinhard Ahlers, George Psarros, Lars-Eric Etzold, Thomas Vögele, Leif Christensen, Frank Kirchner

In: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding. International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS-11) 15th September 20-22 Trieste Italy 9/2011.

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Niklas Fischer, Reinhard Ahlers, Sven Kroffke, Leif Christensen,

In: Journal of Ship Production and Design 27 3 Pages 127-136 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers 8/2011.

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Niklas Fischer, Reinhard Ahlers, Leif Christensen, Sven Kroffke,

In: Volker Bertram (editor). Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries. International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT-11) May 2-4 Berlin Germany Pages 109-123 ISBN 978-3-89220-649-1 Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg 5/2011.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz