Radiation tolerance testing methodology of robotic manipulator prior to nuclear waste handling

Kaiqiang Zhang, Chris Hutson, James Knighton, Guido Herrmann, Tom Scott

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Abstract

Dramatic cost savings, safety improvements and accelerated nuclear decommissioning are all possible through the application of robotic solutions. Remotely-controlled systems with modern sensing capabilities, actuators and cutting tools have the potential for use in extremely hazardous environments, but operation in facilities used for handling radioactive material presents complex challenges for electronic components. We present a methodology and results obtained from testing in a radiation cell in which we demonstrate the operation of a robotic arm controlled using modern electronics exposed at 10 Gy/hr to simulate radioactive conditions in the most hazardous nuclear waste handling facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Robotics and AI
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • robot
  • manipulator
  • radiation
  • tolerance
  • gamma
  • waste
  • exposure
  • diamond

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