Robotic D&D: Smart Robots: (Decontamination and Dismantling)

Jeremy Seyssaud 1, * Cyril Moitrier 1 Philippe Girones 2 Christian Ducros 1 Julien Favrichon 1 Yves Soulabaille 1
* Corresponding author
2 LMN - Laboratoire de Mesures Nucléaires
SMTA - Service Mesures et modélisation des Transferts et des Accidents graves : DEN/DTN
Abstract : Project' managers continually seek an ever-greater optimization of time between remote handling operations and those carried out manually; therefore, new technological solutions must be deployed. Robotics offers a great opportunity in this new field of technology to carry out, for example, samplings or remediation in hostile, cluttered surroundings. Teams in charge of dismantling at the CEA have therefore first defined robotizable functions. These functions have been assembled from existing technological blocks to arrive at robots which are operating today [RICAIII, patent: FR 2925702]. Lessons learned, particularly from experience with the RICA robot, have enabled the operating technical specifications to be fine-tuned. A new study phase has been launched applying the same principle of adapting existing, proven means. The growing role of robotics today is unquestioned. Led by research and the academic world; robots such as those equipped with wheels, tracks, feet or even helicopter rotors, are today accessible to the general public, particularly via broadening of the " open source " concept. Added to these we need tools able to manage large component deconstruction systems, like MAESTRO. Industrialization of such high-potential technological solutions has been aided by: -Easy use, -Increasing reliability, -Flexibility of " open source " solutions, -Widening skill networks, and therefore greater technical support -Lower costs. Decontamination and dismantling (D&D) projects must be able to meet a number of special demands, increasing the number of unit designs, their costs and delivery times. The complexity of dismantling works sites mean that each is a special case to be dealt with almost independently. Such a way of approaching these projects is not on the same wavelength as industry, with tool and method standardization. The answer to the challenge of operations in difficult environments is an ecosystem of functions, performed by a set of interconnected robots. The first step towards the construction of such robot teams is devoted to functions where strength is not necessary: investigating and clean-up in hostile environments. With this in mind, the CEA Marcoule teams have been given the objective of merging the strengthening commercial robotic world with the needs of D&D, and thus to improve the transversal use of the systems.
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Jeremy Seyssaud, Cyril Moitrier, Philippe Girones, Christian Ducros, Julien Favrichon, et al.. Robotic D&D: Smart Robots: (Decontamination and Dismantling). Waste Management 2015 Conference, Symposia, Mar 2015, Phoenix, United States. ⟨cea-01232697⟩

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