Automated Inspection Systems Developed by AREVA

HEROS offers top-quality automated inspection systems for sale, which were developed by AREVA for non-destructive testing:

  • Automated under floor inspection systems (UFPE) for fleets with high mileage
  • Automated wheel inspection systems (AURA)
  • Solid axle inspection systems (VPS)

The inspection systems specified have the following features:

  • High quality of testing
  • Use of high-quality and durable ultrasonic inspection system
  • Automation of tests with the advantages of outstanding traceability and reproducibility and automatic documentation of test results, while at the same time increasing the workshop’s productivity
  • Utilization of expertise from the extreme safety requirements of nuclear energy

Automated Under Floor Inspection System (UFPE)

If vehicles with high mileage are operated at high speed, the wheels can quickly become damaged and cause dangerous accidents. Due to their required availability, these fleets have only brief dwell times in workshops and have to be tested thoroughly after short turnaround times. A systematic inspection of the wheels is only possible during workshop downtimes with the aid of automated under floor inspection systems (UFPE), because it is not necessary to disassemble the wheel-sets and testing can be carried out on the complete vehicle. Under floor inspection systems are installed below the tracks. Controlled remotely, the under floor inspection system then drives to the individual wheel-sets of a multiple unit and automatically tests the wheels of each individual wheel-set with one rotation per wheel. The results of the ultrasonic testing of the wheel-sets are generated automatically, ensuring clear traceability. With the UFPE, the safety of the vehicles can be tested using state-of-the-art technology and, at the same time, downtimes of the vehicles in the workshops can be shortened dramatically.
 

AREVA non-destructive ultrasonic testing system: Under floor inspection system UFPE for automated testing of wheels
Under floor inspection system UFPE for automated testing of wheels
AREVA under floor inspection system UFPE: System automatically lifts the wheelset from the track and turns the wheelset to perform tests on wheels
Under floor inspection system UFPE: System automatically lifts the wheelset from the track and turns the wheelset to perform tests on wheels
AREVA under floor inspection system UFPE: Probe head that is applied first to one, then to the other wheel of the wheel set
Under floor inspection system UFPE: Probe head that is applied first to one, then to the other wheel of the wheel set



Automated Wheel Inspection System (AURA)

For workshops that maintain wheel-sets, the automated wheel inspection system (AURA) makes it possible to automatically carry out ultrasonic testing on wheels of non-assembled wheel-sets. The automated wheel inspection system receives one wheel-set disassembled from the vehicle to test, rotates the wheel-set independently during the tests, carries out the testing independently and documents the results. AURA and UFPE (under floor inspection system) carry out the same type of testing, but AURA does it on the non-assembled wheel-set and the UFPE does it on the complete vehicle.

AREVA Automated Wheel Inspection System AURA: Automatic testing of wheels
Automated Wheel Inspection System AURA: Automatic testing of wheels
AREVA Automated Wheel Inspection System AURA: Probe head for testing wheels
Automated Wheel Inspection System AURA: Probe head for testing wheels



Solid Axle Inspection System (VPS)

For vehicles with solid axles in the wheel-sets, it is not possible to carry out ultrasonic testing with probes inserted from the wheel-set drill. For solid axles, AREVA has therefore developed a system to test wheel-set axels using ultrasound, which is based purely on the outer contour of the adjacent probes. This system is called the Solid Axle Inspection System (VPS). Similar to the wheel inspection system AURA, the entire inspection process of the wheel-sets is carried out automatically. In contrast to AURA, VPS tests solid axles and AURA tests wheels.

AREVA Solid Axle Inspection System VPS ultasonic testing
Solid axle inspection system VPS for ultrasonic testing of solid axles
AREVA Probe head of solid axle inspection system VPS for ultasonic testing
Probe head of solid axle inspection system VPS