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Design and Developments of Inspection Robots in Nuclear Environment: A Review

G Shanmuga Sundar1 , R Sivaramakrishnan1, and S Venugopal2
1.Department of Production Technology, MIT Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India
2.Remote Handling, Irradiation Experiments and Robotics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Government of India.

Abstract—In the current hi-tech world the application of robots has become the crucial role in industries. The exertions which were beyond the capacity of humans are now possible with robots. Particularly in the departments like inspections, Robots have become the essential substituent. In hazardous environments like nuclear waste management inspection robots associated with Non Destructive Testing (NDT) methods are really a necessitate one. In a view to meet such demands, this paper features the survey of available robotic inspection system which can accomplish the hazardous tasks. In nuclear industries the inspection works cannot be carried out by humans as there is a chance of nuclear exposure. To avoid such a miserable accident, the implement of robots in nuclear industries inspection is become mandatory. The main focus of this paper is to reveal the methodologies of design and development of different mechanisms and robot, their advantages and limitations.

Index Terms—Inspection robot, Wall climbing robots, Ultrasonic probes, Articulated legs

Cite: G Shanmuga Sundar, R Sivaramakrishnan, and S Venugopal, "Design and Developments of Inspection Robots in Nuclear Environment: A Review," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol.1, No.3, pp. 400-409, October 2012.