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Title: Autonomous mobile robot for radiologic surveys

An apparatus is described for conducting radiologic surveys. The apparatus comprises in the main a robot capable of following a preprogrammed path through an area, a radiation monitor adapted to receive input from a radiation detector assembly, ultrasonic transducers for navigation and collision avoidance, and an on-board computer system including an integrator for interfacing the radiation monitor and the robot. Front and rear bumpers are attached to the robot by bumper mounts. The robot may be equipped with memory boards for the collection and storage of radiation survey information. The on-board computer system is connected to a remote host computer via a UHF radio link. The apparatus is powered by a rechargeable 24-volt DC battery, and is stored at a docking station when not in use and/or for recharging. A remote host computer contains a stored database defining paths between points in the area where the robot is to operate, including but not limited to the locations of walls, doors, stationary furniture and equipment, and sonic markers if used. When a program consisting of a series of paths is downloaded to the on-board computer system, the robot conducts a floor survey autonomously at any preselected rate. When the radiation monitormore » detects contamination, the robot resurveys the area at reduced speed and resumes its preprogrammed path if the contamination is not confirmed. If the contamination is confirmed, the robot stops and sounds an alarm. 5 figures.« less
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7173931
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; EDB-94-111186
Patent Number(s):
US 5324948; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 7-966925
Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 27 Oct 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; RADIOMETRIC SURVEYS; ROBOTS; DESIGN; ALARM SYSTEMS; COMPUTERIZED CONTROL SYSTEMS; DATA ACQUISITION; DATA TRANSMISSION; DETECTION; ELECTRONIC GUIDANCE; OPERATION; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; COMMUNICATIONS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS; MATERIALS; ON-LINE CONTROL SYSTEMS; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; SURVEYS; 420203* - Engineering- Handling Equipment & Procedures