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Title: DOE EM industry programs robotics development

The Office of Science and Technology (OST) manages an aggressive program for RD and D, as well as testing and evaluation for the Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Environmental Management (EM) organization. The goal is to develop new and improved environmental restoration and waste management technologies to clean up the inventory of the DOE weapons complex faster, safer, and cheaper than is possible with currently available technologies. Robotic systems reduce worker exposure to the absolute minimum, while providing proven, cost-effective, and, for some applications, the only acceptable technique for addressing challenging problems. Development of robotic systems for remote operations occurs in three main categories: tank waste characterization and retrieval; decontamination and dismantlement; and characterization, mapping, and inspection systems. In addition, the Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC) has some other projects which fall under the heading of supporting R and D. The central objective of all FETC robotic projects is to make robotic systems more attractive by reducing costs and health risks associated with the deployment of robotic technologies in the cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. This will be accomplished through development of robots that are cheaper, faster, safer, and more reliable, as well as more straightforward to modify/adapt and moremore » intuitive to operate with autonomous capabilities and intelligent controls that prevent accidents and optimize task execution.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
629474
Report Number(s):
DOE/FETC/C--98/7299; CONF-971125--
ON: DE98051215; NC: NONE; TRN: 98:006519
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1997 American Nuclear Society (ANS) winter meeting, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 16-20 Nov 1997; Other Information: PBD: [1998]
Research Org:
Dept. of Energy, Federal Energy Technology Center, Morgantown, WV (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; 05 NUCLEAR FUELS; ROBOTS; REMEDIAL ACTION; US DOE; WASTE MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; DECONTAMINATION; STORAGE FACILITIES