2018 USDASC Challenge Topic Overview
Students, Meet Your Challenge:
The challenge for the 2018 USDASC Competition 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 2018.
- Autonomously move through the structure without human touch. System may be placed inside the structured and retrieved during or after inspection.
- Equipped with a versatile mode of communicating the information it discovers to an operator on its own team.
- Succinctly report the location of the following items within 1 square inch. Report should be in an easily usable format to judges and operators.
- Succinctly report the location of the following items within 1 square inch. Report should be in an easily usable format to judges and operators:
- o Presence of
water or other liquid
o Presence of
surface corrosion and depth of corrosion penetration
o Extent of
*Teams must work within a budget which will be 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.
- 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 are provided within these official rules.
- 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 fuel tanks and aircraft fuselage areas