The challenge for the 2019 USDASC is to develop a system for corrosion inspection in difficult-to-access areas that can do the following:
- Inspect, identify, and quantify any corrosion-related defects found inside a fixed structure at the competition event in April 2019
- Move through the structure without human touch. System may be manually placed inside the structure and retrieved after inspection
- Communicate the information it discovers to an operator on its own team
- Succinctly report the location of the following items within 1 square inch
- o Presence of
o Presence of surface corrosion, location, area and depth of corrosion penetration
o Extent and type of
- Teams must work within a budget which is included in the official rules
The teams will need to compile the findings of the system and report the findings to the judges in a paper report at the conclusion of the inspection. The format for this report will be supplied to each team.
- System cannot damage the structure in any way during inspection.
- System should be able to inspect horizontal and vertical surfaces (and surfaces at angles in between) including ceiling-like surfaces. Multiple devices may be used.
- System should not be hindered by obstacles.
Competition & Structure
At the competition event, the system will be demonstrated on a fixed structure.
- Details of this structure such as the exact substrate material, coatings used, application methods, and its dimensions will be provided by September 30, 2018
- The interior of this structure has been developed to represent any or all of the following:
- o Box girders, such as on bridges or frame rails of trucks
o Highly structured areas: under antennas on ships, behind pipes, etc.
o Small spaces such as pipelines, fuel tanks, and aircraft fuselage areas
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