Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Georg F. Mauer

Number of Pages



A test tunnel at Yucca Mountain is to be equipped with a mobile camera system, which can record images both at infrared and visible wavelengths at an ambient temperature to 300 degrees Centigrade (300{dollar}\sp\circ{dollar}C). This measurement is to be taken over the entire 50 meter length of the tunnel. The imaging apparatus consists of a remote section equipped with cameras, pan unit and wireless communication units, all of which must be designed to operate at 300{dollar}\sp\circ{dollar}C for up to 60 minutes. The remote sensing section is to be controlled from a computer system located outside the high-temperature zone. The project comprises the design, acquisition, fabrication, and integration of all equipment components. Application software with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) is to be developed so as to enable remote control and monitoring of the measurement and observation process; In this thesis a description of the design and installation of the camera, rail and control system is presented. Furthermore a number of experimental runs were performed, and the results are evaluated. Recommendations for improvements of the current system, and possible future designs are presented.


Apparatus; Controlled; Environment; High; Imaging; Remote; Temperature

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Nuclear engineering

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2467.84 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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