Title: Robotics for Advanced Storage Areas of Nuclear Materials: towards Automated Inventory and Inspection of Storage Ponds
Other Contributors: GONCALVES JOAO
Citation: Proceedings of the 29th ESARDA Annual Meeting p. 1-7
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37984
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37984
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper presents the potentiality of robotics technologies for storage ponds of nuclear material through a demonstration prototype developed at the EC-Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the framework of JRC’s R&D activities. The presented robotics prototype, named SiLab Robotics Arm (SIROARM), is intended for the automated inspection of spent nuclear fuel canisters submerged in storage ponds using a reading system for sealing bolts developed at the JRC Seals and Identification Laboratory. This system is designed to be installed on a crane bridge and to replace the operator in the seals-checking process which is a difficult, tiresome and risky task. Practicality of the implementation of this system in real-life environments is discussed including integration, maintenance, safety and operation aspects. Further enabling developments are also outlined. As a conclusion, the paper demonstrates that the implementation of robotics systems is feasible and that it brings advantages on operation and personnel safety but also in terms of storage security through permanent material control and limited access, which are a few relevant aspects for both plant operators and safeguards authorities.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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