Environmental Hardening of a Mobile-Manipulator System for Nuclear Environments

by Sammy L. Jones, REMOTEC, Inc, Oak Ridge, United States,
Timothy Cable, REMOTEC, Inc, Oak Ridge, United States,
James S. Tulenko, REMOTEC, Inc, Oak Ridge, United States,
Stoyan Toshkov, REMOTEC, Inc, Oak Ridge, United States,
Fred R. Sias, Jr., REMOTEC, Inc, Oak Ridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Robotics for Challenging Environments


The research report involves the radiation hardening of a commercially-available, mobile robot, the REMOTEC ANDROS. This hardening effort will culminate in the availability of a mega-rad hardened mobile platform to access areas in nuclear facilities with extremely high levels of radiation. These conditions may be encountered both during routine and accident situations. The project has completed a Phase I USDOE Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract and is now in a Phase II effort with completion scheduled in early 1995. The research reported involves the evaluation of an ANDROS robot to determine the anticipated radiation hardness of the current production version and determine the components that must be changed to harden the system to high levels of radiation. The work being performed is based on a complete list of all electronic, electrical, and mechanical parts used in the robot and includes initial experimental radiation evaluations performed at the University of Florida.

Subject Headings: Radiation | Automation and robotics | Accidents | Project management | Small business | Innovation | Contracts and subcontracts | Scheduling

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