KONGSBERG GRUPPEN / Eelume autonomous underwater vehicle: a self-propelled robotic arms that can transit over long distances and carry out inspection
Eelume is a self-propelled robotic arms whose slender and flexible body can transit over long distances and carry out inspection, maintenance and repair in confined spaces not accessible by conventional underwater vehicles.
Eelume vehicles are modular combinations of joints, thrusters and various payload modules. The slender body allows for precision hovering and maneuvering even in strong ocean currents.
Sensors and tools can be mounted anywhere along the flexible body. A dual-arm configuration is achieved by mounting tooling in each end and forming the vehicle body into a U-shape. One end of the arm can grab hold to fixate the vehicle, while the other end can carry out inspection and intervention tasks. One end of the arm can also provide a perspective camera view of a tool operation carried out at the other end.
All these flexible operational scenarios are made possible by the unique shape-changing capabilities of the Eelume vehicles.
Eelume is a disruptive technology for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR). Eelume vehicles are basically self-propelled robotic arms whose slender and flexible body can transit over long distances and carry out IMR in confined spaces not accessible by conventional underwater vehicles.
Vehicles are engineered to live permanently under water, where they can be mobilized 24/7 regardless of weather conditions. A continuous IMR capability near the subsea installations without the need for surface vessels means greener, safer and less costly subsea operations.
Eelume was established in 2015 as a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). After a decade of research on snake robots in collaboration with the research organization SINTEF, Eelume decided to pursue industrial subsea applications of these amazing mechanisms.
Source video, image and text: Kongsberg Gruppen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ztvHWytPb4&t=0s)
Source web text: https://eelume.com/