FSWBot 104056
Friction Stir Welding Crawler

Designed for the internal repair and refurbishment of inaccessible pipelines across the country.

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Project Vision
  • Online/Remote Operated
    Spark-less, remote operated, online maintenance solution to repair internal corrosion & cracks.
  • Friction Stir Welding (FSW)
    Carry out Friction Stir Welding (FSW) to repair internal flaws prior to failure.
  • Turbine Powered
    Power will be harvested from the pipeline flow via an on-board turbine.
  • Crawler Robot
    Developed to remotely navigate, detect and repair pipelines without additional power.
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Friction Stir Welding (FSW)
What are the Benefits?
  • Improved Flexibility
    With respect to inaccessible pipelines and those which are installed in parallel groups where space is limited.
  • Increase in Health & Safety
    Repair will be achieved without using divers or surface vessels which will dramatically improve safety.
  • Avoid Shutdown and Petroleum Products
    Allow pipeline asset owners and their service providers to produce high quality welds in steel pipelines without shutting down and purging petroleum products.
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Market & Partners
  • Petrochemical Pipeline Operators
    Driver or ROV repairs cost in the region of 200k. Use of the FSWBot could save a typical operator in the region of £10m per year. Furthermore, the large cost of unplanned maintenance can be avoided plus the reputational damage caused by downtime and hazardous incidents.
  • International Markets
    The partners have a good chance to access the sector globally because they are international leaders in the Friction Stir Welding and robotics.
  • Petrochemical Pipeline Operators
    Driver or ROV repairs cost in the region of 200k. Use of the FSWBot could save a typical operator in the region of £10m per year. Furthermore, the large cost of unplanned maintenance can be avoided plus the reputational damage caused by downtime and hazardous incidents.
  • International Markets
    The partners have a good chance to access the sector globally because they are international leaders in the Friction Stir Welding and robotics.
  • Petrochemical Pipeline Operators
    Driver or ROV repairs cost in the region of 200k. Use of the FSWBot could save a typical operator in the region of £10m per year. Furthermore, the large cost of unplanned maintenance can be avoided plus the reputational damage caused by downtime and hazardous incidents.
  • International Markets
    The partners have a good chance to access the sector globally because they are international leaders in the Friction Stir Welding and robotics.
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  • Petrochemical Pipeline Operators
    Driver or ROV repairs cost in the region of 200k. Use of the FSWBot could save a typical operator in the region of £10m per year. Furthermore, the large cost of unplanned maintenance can be avoided plus the reputational damage caused by downtime and hazardous incidents.
  • International Markets
    The partners have a good chance to access the sector globally because they are international leaders in the Friction Stir Welding and robotics.
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