The Sellafield site has miles of pipework in old facilities that are in need of disposal. For this to be done properly the pipework needs to be surveyed to determine if any radiation is left inside the pipes. This is a disposable pipe-crawling robot that is able to semi-autonomously navigate through pipework and ducting mapping radiation as it moves. Pipework and ducting of unknown shape and size, containing post cleanout residue of nuclear material. Limited to a 50mm Diameter. Two prototype designs are being developed for a 150mm pipe using plastic 3D printed technology and laser cutting.
Radiological Charterisation of Pipework and Ducting
Sep 2015 – Mar 2019
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LIAM BROWN MEng
Doctoral Research Student
His research is focused on the development of a prototype robotic system for mapping pipework and ducting. The project consists of four major work packages: mechanical design using 3D printed prototypes, in-pipe localisation, in-pipe communication and post operational processing of raw data to produce geometric and radiological models.
Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Developing the next generation of nuclear decommissioning robotics research. Working in partnership with the nuclear sector and other universities around the UK and EU to reduce risk, accelerate productivity and reduce long term costs.
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