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This report describes the work and experiments carried out to develop an underwater plasma-arc cutting technique, to characterise the aerosols given off during cutting operations on radioactive and non-radioactive objects and to develop adapted filtration and ventilation techniques. The research aimed more specifically at remote and automated cutting of complex, thick metal structures, evaluating the physico-chemical state of the water and achieving minimum generation of sub-products of cutting. It is concluded that thicknesses of 120 to 150mm of stainless steel could be attained underwater. By replacing the existing ball-bearing guidance system with a system of sensors, the problem of orientation would be solved, thus permitting cutting of surfaces without limitations on gradient.

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Authors: LEAUTIER R, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez Durance (FR);PILOT G, CEA, CEN Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13191 FR (1991) 32 pp., FS, ECU 5
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-0508-6
Record Number: 199110302 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: fr
Available languages: fr
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