Treaded Robot Crawls Within Uranium-Enrichment Pipes to Detect Hazards

Published by , March 26, 2018 1:52 pm

(ARSTechnia) RadPiper is a robot developed by the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute for the Department of Energy. The treaded robot moves within the pipes of uranium-enrichment facilities to determine areas where radiation levels may pose a hazard.
RadPiper was funded by $1.4 million from the DOE, which worked closely with Carnegie Mellon University and Fluor-BWXT to build a prototype and test it on a quick-turnaround schedule.”DOE officials estimate the robots could save tens of millions of dollars in completing the characterization of uranium deposits at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and save perhaps $50 million at a similar uranium enrichment plant in Paducah, Kentucky,” Carnegie Mellon wrote.

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