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Remediating hazardous waste robotically using a high-level control system and real-time sensors
Author(s): Brady R. Davies
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Paper Abstract

Robotics technology is being developed to assist in remediating high-level radioactive wastes stored in large tanks at the Department of Energy's Hanford, Washington facility. Remediation activities will likely employ a remotely controlled long reach manipulator, capable of extending over 40 feet from its base, to deploy remediation end-effectors and sensors. Waste inside the tanks consists of hazardous vapor, liquid, sludge, solidified crystal, and various steel pipes and miscellaneous hardware. On November 10 - 12, 1992, a demonstration by Sandia National Laboratories of environmental sensor scanning and robot manipulated steel pipe cutting was performed on a tank mockup located at the Hanford facility. This paper describes the Sandia developed technology implemented at this demonstration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1993
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2057, Telemanipulator Technology and Space Telerobotics, (21 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164907
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Brady R. Davies, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2057:
Telemanipulator Technology and Space Telerobotics
Won Soo Kim, Editor(s)

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