Viability of Computer/Robotic Controlled Penstock Coating Removal and Application
Reclamation's aging infrastructure includes steel penstocks and pipelines. Accessing these confined spaces is
difficult and extremely dangerous when combined with removing and replacing failing coatings loaded with
noxious fumes. Twenty to forty percent of the costs for completing these tasks are focused on making the
confined space accessible and survivable for human occupancy.
Have robotic or other computerized systems advanced to the point where the human element can be removed
from this dangerous task? Removing the human element for coatings work inside penstocks and pipelines would
enhance safety, reduce the time required for completion, and significantly reduce costs.
Need and Benefit
A robotic or computerized system could remove the human element from the confined space of penstocks and
water pipelines. This would benefit Reclamation by enhancing safety, reducing the required time for completion,
and significantly reducing costs by as much as 40 percent.
Contact the Principal Investigator for information about partners.
Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Viability of Computer/Robotic Controlled Penstock Coating Removal and Application (final, PDF,
By Darryl Good
Publication completed on September 30, 2016