Conference Papers

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2021
UKAEA-RACE-CP(21)04
14th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-14) Budapest,Hungary, 22-27 September 2019

Just like most industrial or scientific installations, future fusion reactors will require more or less frequent maintenance. The expected environmental conditions, as well as the necessity of carrying out many maintenance tasks in parallel in result in remote robotic maintenance becoming a necessity in order to minimize the maintenance shutdown du…

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2021
UKAEA-RACE-CP(21)02
31st Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20 - 25 September 2020

Sensor technologies will play a key role in the success of Remote Maintenance (RM) systems for future fusion reactors such as ITER and DEMO. Understanding their limitations and suitability for use in a fusion context is crucial to the operation and maintenance of these reactors. In this paper, we evaluate three key types of sensor which are of p…

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2019
UKAEA-CCFE-CP(20)73
14th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-14) Budapest,Hungary, 22-27 September 2019

An extensive knowledge of a system’s failures is crucial for identifying areas where the reliability of the system can benefit from improvements, as well as informing the design of new systems. Moreover, relationships between faults and failures can be used to enhance the maintenance of the system. In this paper we present a taxonomy of failure …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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