Accession Number : ADA293496

Title :   BOA: Asbestos Pipe-Insulation Removal Robot System.

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA ROBOTICS INST

Personal Author(s) : Schempf, Hagen

PDF Url : ADA293496

Report Date : JAN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The project described in this report targets the development of a mechanized system for safe, cost- efficient and automated abatement of asbestos containing materials used as pipe insulation. Based on several key design criteria and site visits, a proof-of-concept prototype robot system, dubbed BOA, was designed and built, which automatically strips the lagging and insulation from the pipes, and encapsulates them under complete vacuum operation. The system can operate on straight runs of piping in horizontal or vertical orientations. Currently we are limited to four-inch diameter piping without obstacles as well as a somewhat laborious emplacement and removal procedure - restrictions to be alleviated through continued development. BOA removed asbestos at a rate of 4-5 ft./h compared to 3 ft./h for manual removal of asbestos with a 3-person crew. The containment and vacuum system on BOA was able to achieve the regulatory requirement for airborne fiber emissions of 0.01 fibers/ccm/8-hr. shift. A complete paper' has been submitted and accepted for presentation at the next ANS Topical Meeting in Monterey, CA, in February, 1995.

Descriptors :   *ROBOTICS, *ROBOTS, *HAZARDOUS WASTES, *ASBESTOS, *WASTE COLLECTION, EMISSION, FIBERS, REMOVAL, COMPARISON, VACUUM, PROTOTYPES, PIPES, COSTS, VACUUM APPARATUS, OPERATION, MANUAL OPERATION, DESIGN CRITERIA, THERMAL INSULATION, MECHANIZATION.

Subject Categories : Bionics
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE