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New Robotic Technologies for Inspecting Two Pole Electric Generators while the Rotor Remains in Place

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The electric generator is a highly stressed plant component requiring periodic inspection and maintenance to reduce the risk of a costly forced outage. This paper briefly introduces two new robotic technologies for performing fast and reliable inspections of two pole electric generators with minimal mechanical disassembly requirements. The first robotic system is designed to inspect within the generator rotor and stator air gap, while the second robotic system is designed to inspect the generator retaining rings. An overview of the design and construction of each system is provided, along with an explanation of the capabilities and benefits they bring to the power station owner.

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Savenkov, M. and Turner, M. (2015) New Robotic Technologies for Inspecting Two Pole Electric Generators while the Rotor Remains in Place. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 3, 123-127. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2015.34018.

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