Robo-Laser: A Novel System for Remediation of Marine Corrosion in Confined Spaces within Naval Platforms Using Laser Carrying Spider Robots 


Project Lead Organisation:
University of Newcastle

Collaborating Organisation:
University of Sydney
Macquarie University

DIN Funding:





Project objective:

The University of Newcastle, together with the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, are undertaking a research project to develop and demonstrate a highly effective and low-cost laser technology for the detection and removal of corrosion in marine vessels.


Corrosion management constitutes a significant portion of sustainment spending for the Navy. Corrosion removal with existing methods is noisy, costly and time consuming with mixed results due in part to access limitations. 


This project provides a game-changing capability for Defence. It  narrows down the relevant technology gap by developing robotic platform capable of re-mediating corrosion damage with naval platforms, especially in areas with limited access such as inside the hull, ballast tanks, engine rooms in surface ships.

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