Robotic Removal of High-Activity Debris from a Nuclear Primary Heat Transfer System
32nd Annual CNS Conference - 2011 June 05-08


Presented at:
32nd Annual CNS Conference
2011 June 05-08
Location:
Niagara Falls, Canada
Session Title:
Plant Life Monitoring, Life Extension, Refurbishment and Aging

Authors:
Anthony Hamilton (Kinectrics Inc)
Steve Burany (Kinectrics Inc)
Samuel Peralta (Kinectrics Inc)
Lindsay Greenland (OPG)
  

Abstract

A unique remote robotic solution, consisting of four single-purpose robots utilized in series, was used to successfully address the extraction of a high-activity source in the drain line of a nuclear generating station heat exchanger. The source activity was such that safety could be compromised in a manual extraction. In addition, the source was located in a confined space, necessitating design of a compact, radiation-hard, remotely-controlled solution. This paper reviews the strategy for extraction, design considerations, testing and execution, with a view to providing operational experience for future.

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