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1. (WO2013116078) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED OPTICAL INSPECTION OF INDUSTRIAL GAS TURBINES AND OTHER POWER GENERATION MACHINERY WITH MULTI-AXIS INSPECTION SCOPE

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/116078    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/022924
Publication Date: Fri Aug 09 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Fri Jan 25 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: G01N 21/954
Applicants: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
HATCHER, JR., Clifford
Inventors: HATCHER, JR., Clifford
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED OPTICAL INSPECTION OF INDUSTRIAL GAS TURBINES AND OTHER POWER GENERATION MACHINERY WITH MULTI-AXIS INSPECTION SCOPE
Abstract:
Internal components of power generation machinery, such as gas and steam turbines are inspected with an optical camera inspection system that is capable of automatically positioning the camera field of view (FOV) to an area of interest within the machinery along a pre designated navigation path and capturing images without human intervention. Automatic camera positioning and image capture can be initiated automatically or after receipt of operator permission. The pre-designated navigation path can be defined by operator manual positioning of an inspection scope within the power machine or a similar one of the same type and recording of positioning steps for future replication. The navigation path can also be defined by virtual simulation. The inspection system includes a multi axis inspection scope suitable for inspection within the turbine section of a gas turbine.