PipeGuard Robot Detects Leaks Far Underground

PipeGuard Robot Detects Leaks Far Underground
The PipeGuard robot from MIT will swim through urban water pipes to detect leaks far below ground.

The robot is made up of a rubber body with a soft rubber ‘skirt’ attached that can expand to fill the pipe’s diameter. As it travels through the pipe, the bot can detect the pressure variations that indicate a leak and note where the variation occurred, collecting the data in an internal log that can be accessed when the bot is collected at the end of its journey.

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