Conference Papers

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2020
UKAEA-RACE-CP(20)04
CASE 2019 - International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 22- 26 August 2019

The extreme environmental conditions inside future nuclear fusion power plants will mean that maintenance activities must be performed without human access. Current teleoperation paradigms do not enable sufficiently fast maintenance cycles, and automation is seen as a potential solution. Transitioning to an automated maintenance scheme will requ…

Preprint
2018
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(20)82
30th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT), Giardini Naxos, Messina, Sicily, 16-21 September 2018

The containment vessel of the Joint European Torus is a huge, complicated assembly with a myriad of components, all of which are important for plasma operation. As a research device, JET has been operated over many years and has been extensively rebuilt.  During each maintenance shutdown, inspections and measurements of the Vacuum Vessel are carri…

Preprint Published
2017
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(20)70
UK-RAS Network Conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems: robots working for and among us, Bristol, UK, 12 December 2018

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research facility which will be the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron source. A critical component of ESS will be a facility for handling radioactive waste and preparing it for safe disposal; this facility must operate for at least 40 years. Safe disposal of ESS waste requires…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(19)05
Waste Management Symposia (WMS), Phoenix, USA, 18-22 March 2018

This paper presents the methodology and results of developing and implementing a system-of-systems architecture for controlling many robotic systems within the context of industrial facilities, where the life of the facility will be far longer than the life of the robotics, due to software updates and accelerated digital obsolescence. The use cases…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(19)03
UK-RAS Network Conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems: robots working for and among us, Bristol, UK, 12 December 2018

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research facility which will be the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron source. A critical component of ESS will be a facility for handling radioactive waste and preparing it for safe disposal. Safe disposal of ESS waste requires the dexterous tele-manipulation of large, highly activat…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(19)02
Waste Management Symposia (WMS), Phoenix, USA, 18-22 March 2018

Nuclear decommissioning environments are challenging and hazardous, typically involving high temperatures, pressures and extreme radiation. Robotic devices are commonly used to complete tasks within challenging environments, which would otherwise pose a risk to human health, however remotely operating robots without full three-dimensional vision is…

Preprint Published
2018
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(18)09
30th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT), Giardini Naxos, Messina, Sicily, 16-21 September 2018

The operation of nuclear fusion facilities must be carefully planned and monitored due to the potential damage to equipment or personnel caused by radiation fields. A method for visualising such three-dimensional (3D) radiation fields in real-time is presented. An interactive volumetric representation is achieved using view-dependent ray casting of…

Preprint Published