Artificially intelligent robots for nuclear factories ‘inspections


Where human presence is impossible

The dangers of sending people to inspect nuclear plants are enormous. There are physical security measures to protect the people doing this job, but especially when there is a problem in the premises, such as leakage, the robots are one way.

But their autonomy is still extremely limited, and for this reason researchers are building artificial intelligence robots to learn how to handle situations themselves and ultimately replace people.

For example, one of the robots that have been developed includes the use of an arm that adapts to a mobile platform and can be used by both human remote users and the robot itself when people perform another job. In general, artificial intelligence will be used to map and move the robot in space, understand it through its camera vision, automate work execution, cut and remove obstacles. The ultimate goal is to create robots that can adapt to extremely hostile environments and possibly radioactive and work on them.

Cleaning and disinfecting nuclear waste is one of the biggest challenges for our own and the next generation and the predicted costs are colossal: up to £ 200 billion over the next hundred years. Recent disasters like Fukushima have demonstrated the critical importance of robotic technology for monitoring and deterrence, which is currently lacking, making our work even more important.

For example, a small robot used to reach the bottom of Fukosima’s nuclear reactor 3 and record images from the bottom. The robot, which can also be found on recorded images of the remnants of the molten reactor and the mission lasted for 2 days. These images, as experts say, could prove vital to the ways and methods of disinfection that could be used.

Also, the recorded images will help remove the waste from the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which has decided this operation.

The robot called “Small Corn” has 30 cm, designed by Toshiba specifically to dive into the water and investigate Fokosima’s submerged unit.

The nuclear disaster of Fukushima occurred on March 11, 2011, when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that caused the complete loss of control of the nuclear power station and its reactors.

The robots are small enough and flexible to penetrate places where people cannot, which enables them to inspect plants and help remove small pieces of waste stuck to their walls. This is why they are chosen to investigate those places, instead of the human being, due to this flexibility and the fact that if they are destroyed, they are just machines that can also be fixed. A man cannot be totally fixed if he is broken.

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