US 9,810,595 B2
Pipeline inspection apparatus
Jonathan Thursby, Norwich (GB); Shaun Peck, Suffolk (GB); and Chris Jay, Norwich (GB)
Assigned to E.V. Offshore Limited, (GB)
Filed by E.V. Offshore Limited, Norwich (GB)
Filed on Nov. 18, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/944,776.
Application 14/944,776 is a division of application No. 13/942,937, filed on Jul. 16, 2013, granted, now 9,206,938.
Claims priority of application No. 1212624.9 (GB), filed on Jul. 16, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0069769 A1, Mar. 10, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G01M 1/00 (2006.01); G01M 3/00 (2006.01); F16L 55/1645 (2006.01); G01M 3/18 (2006.01); F16L 55/26 (2006.01); F16L 55/38 (2006.01); F16L 55/28 (2006.01); F16L 101/30 (2006.01)
CPC G01M 3/005 (2013.01) [F16L 55/16455 (2013.01); F16L 55/26 (2013.01); F16L 55/28 (2013.01); F16L 55/38 (2013.01); G01M 1/00 (2013.01); G01M 3/00 (2013.01); G01M 3/183 (2013.01); F16L 2101/30 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A pipeline inspection apparatus comprising:
a main body;
sealing means for sealing against an internal surface of said pipeline, the sealing means being attached to the main body;
an imaging module, the imaging module comprising a camera and a light source, the light source being arranged to illuminate said internal surface of said pipeline, and the camera being arranged such that, in use, the camera captures image data of said internal surface of said pipeline; and
control circuitry, the control circuitry including a power supply and memory means for storing data captured by said camera,
wherein the sealing means forms a seal against said internal surface of the pipeline such that, in use, a fluid flowing along said pipeline applies a driving force to the pipeline inspection apparatus to propel the apparatus along said pipeline.