Synthotech is supporting National Grid with the continued development of the Project Gas Robotic Agile Inspection Device (GRAID).
Project GRAID is focused on the development of a leading-edge pipe inspection device to analyse the condition of critical high-pressure gas pipelines.
In 2018, after more than four years of design, development and testing, the initial phase of the National Grid project came to a conclusion; however, a subsequent phase has since been introduced, aiming to use Halfwave’s Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART) on the GRAID robot.
In this new project, the robot’s ability to navigate complex geometries within high pressure pipelines will be combined with ART, the latest non-destructive testing technology.
If successful, GRAID will be capable of not only going where no one has been before but will also be able to report detail never seen before.
The concept had the potential to change the face of asset management across the National Grid’s National Transmission System, which provides gas that more than 80 per cent of UK households depend on for their heating.
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