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Title: Robotics application for in-service inspection of the ALMR

Abstract

The US Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR) Program is developing and licensing a reactor system that is compact for factory fabrication and modular construction. The design includes provisions for in-service inspection to verify performance and safety capabilities throughout the life of the plant. A DOE sponsored robotics team, comprised of members from the universities of Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is developing advanced inspection equipment using robotics for nuclear application. This equipment is compact and remotely operated and particularly suited for inspection of the ALMR. Extensive 3D simulations are used to refine and demonstrate the inspection methods. This paper focuses on inspection methods for the reactor vessel and the reactor vessel auxiliary cooling system (RVACS). Inspection capabilities are included for visual inspection of the reactor vessel outer surface and volumetric inspection of the welds. The robotics team is devising a compact crawler design with the capabilities to perform these inspections. Similarly, various robot concepts are being evaluated for accomplishing the RVACS visual inspection and cleaning procedures.

Authors:
;  [1];  [2]
  1. General Electric Co., San Jose, CA (United States). Nuclear Energy Div.
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10162807
Report Number(s):
CONF-930352-20
ON: DE93015186
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) joint international conference on nuclear engineering,San Francisco, CA (United States),21-24 Mar 1993; Other Information: PBD: [1993]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 42 ENGINEERING; LIQUID METAL COOLED REACTORS; REACTOR VESSELS; REACTOR COOLING SYSTEMS; ROBOTS; REMOTE CONTROL; IN-SERVICE INSPECTION; REACTOR MAINTENANCE; AUTOMATION; REACTOR SAFETY; REMOTE VIEWING EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS; SODIUM COOLED REACTORS; 220900; 210500; 420203; POWER REACTORS, BREEDING; HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES

Citation Formats

Kwant, W, Ramsour, N L, and Sweeney, F J. Robotics application for in-service inspection of the ALMR. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Kwant, W, Ramsour, N L, & Sweeney, F J. Robotics application for in-service inspection of the ALMR. United States.
Kwant, W, Ramsour, N L, and Sweeney, F J. Tue . "Robotics application for in-service inspection of the ALMR". United States.
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abstractNote = {The US Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR) Program is developing and licensing a reactor system that is compact for factory fabrication and modular construction. The design includes provisions for in-service inspection to verify performance and safety capabilities throughout the life of the plant. A DOE sponsored robotics team, comprised of members from the universities of Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is developing advanced inspection equipment using robotics for nuclear application. This equipment is compact and remotely operated and particularly suited for inspection of the ALMR. Extensive 3D simulations are used to refine and demonstrate the inspection methods. This paper focuses on inspection methods for the reactor vessel and the reactor vessel auxiliary cooling system (RVACS). Inspection capabilities are included for visual inspection of the reactor vessel outer surface and volumetric inspection of the welds. The robotics team is devising a compact crawler design with the capabilities to perform these inspections. Similarly, various robot concepts are being evaluated for accomplishing the RVACS visual inspection and cleaning procedures.},
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