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Title: Reliability of robotics: An overview with identification of specific aspects related to remote handling in fusion machines

Abstract

Nowadays robots are indispensable in a major part of industry branches. Robots have the ability to perform precision demanding tasks at high speed and uninterruptedly over a long period of time, and to operate in environments which are inaccessible or hostile for human beings. In general, robots can even be considered as being more reliable than humans, and robots improve continuously thanks to ever more sophisticated technology. Therefore, to a certain extent, reliability and availability of robots can be taken for granted, and efforts of robot designers concentrate now more and more on safety, i.e. the risk robots may constitute for persons. Safety, as e.g. defined for robots working in production sites, differs slightly from safety related to remote handling devices in fusion machines, which operate in a contaminated environment where no person is supposed to be. The term safety should therefore not only consider the potentiality of human loss, but must be extended to severe damage of machinery and equipment. This paper describes a safety analysis methodology for robotized mechanical systems. This method has been applied on a case study, a 1/3 scale mock-up of a handling device for the blankets of the fusion reactor segments (ROBERTINO). In particularmore » were analyzed two different mechanical concepts of gripping the blankets.« less

Authors:
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  1. Joint Research Centre Inst. for Systems Engineering & Informatics, Ispra (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
196992
Report Number(s):
CONF-940664-
TRN: 95:005767-0161
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ISFNT-3: international symposium on fusion nuclear technology, Los Angeles, CA (United States), 27 Jun - 1 Jul 1994; Other Information: PBD: 1994; Related Information: Is Part Of Third international symposium on fusion nuclear technology; PB: 362 p.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; BREEDING BLANKETS; REMOTE HANDLING; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; SAFETY ANALYSIS; RELIABILITY; ROBOTS

Citation Formats

Volta, G, Maier, T, and Wilikens, M. Reliability of robotics: An overview with identification of specific aspects related to remote handling in fusion machines. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Volta, G, Maier, T, & Wilikens, M. Reliability of robotics: An overview with identification of specific aspects related to remote handling in fusion machines. United States.
Volta, G, Maier, T, and Wilikens, M. Sat . "Reliability of robotics: An overview with identification of specific aspects related to remote handling in fusion machines". United States.
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author = {Volta, G and Maier, T and Wilikens, M},
abstractNote = {Nowadays robots are indispensable in a major part of industry branches. Robots have the ability to perform precision demanding tasks at high speed and uninterruptedly over a long period of time, and to operate in environments which are inaccessible or hostile for human beings. In general, robots can even be considered as being more reliable than humans, and robots improve continuously thanks to ever more sophisticated technology. Therefore, to a certain extent, reliability and availability of robots can be taken for granted, and efforts of robot designers concentrate now more and more on safety, i.e. the risk robots may constitute for persons. Safety, as e.g. defined for robots working in production sites, differs slightly from safety related to remote handling devices in fusion machines, which operate in a contaminated environment where no person is supposed to be. The term safety should therefore not only consider the potentiality of human loss, but must be extended to severe damage of machinery and equipment. This paper describes a safety analysis methodology for robotized mechanical systems. This method has been applied on a case study, a 1/3 scale mock-up of a handling device for the blankets of the fusion reactor segments (ROBERTINO). In particular were analyzed two different mechanical concepts of gripping the blankets.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1994},
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