Development of Cleaning Device for In-pipe Robot Application

Ana Sakura Zainal Abidin, Muhammad Hamizan Zaini, Muhammad Farhan Aiman Mohd Pauzi, Mohammad Muaz Sadini, Sim Chia Chie, Shahrol Mohammadan, Annisa Jamali, Rasli Muslimen, Muhd Fadzli Ashari, Mohd Syahmi Jamaludin, Chong Yee Ming

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Pipelines are essential tools for transporting water, oils, gases and sewer from one place to another. Pipelines are used to interconnect networks from one station to another that involved various diameter sizes and fittings to compensate intended directions. There are many issues that influenced performance of the pipelines namely aging, corrosion, cracks and use to clog up with debris, or sediments after long use. There are number of methods available to clean the inside of the closed pipeline namely traditional method like boiling, picking, alcohol and salt and cleaning kits, or tools kits such as wire and plunger or large-gauge snake. However, all the methods can over-stress older pipeline and cause leaks that make even more extensive repair procedures needed to fix the problem. Chemical fluid for pipe cleaning is also not suitable to all types of pipeline because the chemical can Erode the pipe wall. Currently, service robot is the best solution that purposely developed to facilitate humans being activities including cleaning, inspection for cracks or repairing damage in pipeline. This paper intends to report about the development of cleaning device for in-pipe robot application. The development covers both software and hardware of the device. Significant experiment has been designed to validate the function of the device. It is proof that the device has successfully clean the soft and moderate clog. The success of the cleaning device can be attached to the in-pipe robot and the outcome is expected to assist pipeline cleaning operations. Thus, enable the pipelines to transport efficiently with minimum cost of operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors, IEEE IRIS 2015 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 2015 Oct 182015 Oct 20


  • cleaning device
  • engineering design process
  • pipeline
  • robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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