Development of virtual pipe simulation system for inspection robot design

Satoshi Miura*, Kazuya Kawamura, Masakatsu Fujie, Shigeki Sugano, Tomoyuki Miyashita

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Pipe inspection robots have been developed to reduce the cost and time required for gas pipe inspection. However, these robots have been developed using a scrap and build method and are not used in practice. In this paper, we propose a method of virtual pipe inspection simulation to clarify the parameters that are important in increasing the robot's ease of use. This paper presents the results obtained by a feasibility study with regard to pipe simulation. We developed a virtual pipe by simulating eight actual turns of an external gas pipe, and a robot equipped with camera at the tip. In the experiments, three individuals working in the field of gas inspection carried out the operation. We obtained questionnaire, time, and brain activity data. The results revealed various important points that must be considered in practical simulation and robot design. In conclusion, the virtual pipe simulation can be useful in developing the design of a pipe inspection robot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3611-3620
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2019 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 2019 Aug 52019 Aug 8


  • Design for interfaces
  • Human behaviour in design
  • Infrastructure
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation


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