A robot to monitor nuclear facilities: Using autonomous radiation-monitoring assistance to reduce risk and cost

Benjamin Bird, Arron Griffiths, Horatio Martin, Eduard Codres, Jennifer Jones, Alexandru Stancu, Barry Lennox, Simon Watson, Xavier Poteau

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    Nuclear facilities can often require continuous monitoring to ensure there is no contamination of radioactive materials that might lead to safety or environmental issues. The current approach to radiological monitoring is to use human operators, which is both time consuming and cost inefficient, and as with many repetitive, routine tasks, there are considerable opportunities for the process to be improved through the utilization of autonomous robotic systems. This paper describes the design and development of an autonomous, ground based radiological monitoring robot, Continuous Autonomous Radiation Monitoring Assistance (CARMA) and how it was able to detect and locate a fixed a source that was embedded into the floor when it was deployed into an active
    area on the Sellafield nuclear site. This deployment was the first time that a fully autonomous robot had ever been deployed at Sellafield, the largest nuclear site in Europe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8574974
    Pages (from-to)35-43
    Number of pages9
    JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    Early online date13 Dec 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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    • Dalton Nuclear Institute

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