The ninth quarter of the project covered the following:
• Mr. Richard Silva continued the development of a simulation model with a Waelischmiller hot cell robot. Rich will continue to develop detailed 3-D process simulation models as his M.Sc. thesis project.
• A paper on hot cell robotics was presented at the ANS Winter Annual Meeting and published in the ANS 2003 conference proceedings.
• Further advances on Concepts and Methods for Vision-Based Hot Cell Supervision and control, focusing on rule-based object recognition (Ph.D. Student Jae-Kyu Lee)
• Graduate student Jamil Renno created simulations of more complex fuel manufacturing and fuel pin assembly scenarios (pellet pick and place operations, loading pellets onto tray for sintering, robotic insertion of pellets into cladding tubes) using hot cell robots. Besides the correct insertion process, several accident scenarios were simulated.
Nuclear fuel rods – Design and construction; Manipulators (Mechanism); Radioactive wastes — Transmutation; Robots; Industrial
Nuclear Engineering | Robotics
Mauer, G. F.
Design and Evaluation of Processes for Fuel Fabrication: Quarterly Progress Report #9.
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