A Feasibility Study of the Self-Propelled Capsule Robot for Irrigation Pipeline Inspection


UK Partners: Dr Yang LIU, University of Exeter (Project Lead) 

Chinese Partners: Prof Zhike PENG, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Project Summary: 

This project aimed to carry out a feasibility study of using the self-propelled vibro-impact capsule robot for irrigation pipeline inspection in rural China. The project was led by Dr Yang Liu from the University of Exeter collaborating with a consortium of China's universities, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Yancheng Teacher University, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and an end-user company, Shanghai Bioiris Co. Ltd.

Investigations were carried out at the rural areas of Yancheng and Chengdu in Jiangsu and Sichuan province, respectively. The purpose of using the novel capsule robot for irrigation pipelines is to inspect water loss due to pipeline damage/aging and monitor water quality, in order to address the water scarcity and food security issues in China.