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The Sellafield site has miles of pipework In old facilities that are in need of disposal, so this can be done properly a the pipework need to be surveyed to determine is any radiation is left inside the pipes. This is a disposable pipe-crawling robot that is able to semi-autonomously navigation 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

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TITLE

Radiological Charterisation of Pipework and Ducting

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PROJECT TYPE

PHD

FUNDER

SELLAFIELD LTD

DATE

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, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

liam.brown-5@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

 

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Developing the next generation of nuclear decommissionning robotics research. Working in partnership with the nuclear sector and other unverisities around the UK and EU to reduce risk, accelerate productivity an reduce long term costs .

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