A COMMUNITY VIEW OF ROBOTICS FOR NUCLEAR ENVIRONMENTS
The evolution of the nuclear market for computer assisted tele-operators and robots is discussed in the light of anticipated developments in robotics and nuclear industry demands. The functions considered include inspection, maintenance, repair, production, decommissioning and accident management. It is concluded that while the nuclear industry's needs are occasionally very specialised and apparently inflexible, the technology required to meet them can either be sought outside the nuclear industry or developed further from its nuclear base to meet the needs of a range of other users at the same time. The motivation shared with aerospace, undersea mining, deep underground mining and construction is the extension of man's working range; the motivations shared with public services and the military is the removal of man from actively hostile environments and improved responses to accidents and natural disasters. Labour saving is not a primary consideration. Technologies to be promoted and possible means for their promotion in an industrial context are discussed.
Bibliographic Reference: EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS - RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY IN ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMES, MARSEILLE (FRANCE), FEB. 25-27, 1986 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32495 ORA
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Record Number: 1989124071100 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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