THE EFFICACY OF AERIAL ROBOTIC SYSTEMS (DRONES) FOR TAKING DRY FILM THICKNESS (DFT) MEASUREMENTS AT HEIGHT

Speaker:
Dahlstrom, Robert; Apellix; USA

Authors:
Dahlstrom, R; Apellix; USA

ID: ECNDT-0625-2018

Dry Film Thickness (DFT), Surface Profile (SP), Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and other Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) measurements often need to be taken at heights, sometimes utilizing cranes, lifts, scaffold-ing and ladders. There is new technology platform utilizing aerial robotics systems to take DFT, and poten-tially other, readings and measurements at height when the measurement device is required to be placed in contact with the surface being measured. In this paper, we evaluate the efficacy of one of these systems in a simple use case consisting of taking DFT measurements on a facsimile of a ship by asking the question; “Are DFT readings from an aerial robotic system equivalent to those taken by a person”.