Spent Fuel Removal At Fukushima Daichi

Reblogging. In all the fuss about Fukushima everybody forgets that the real work goes on.

The Arts Mechanical

From a robotics standpoint the ongoing cleanup and dismantling of the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear plant is probably going to stand out for the next fifty years or so as the heavy use of robotic and teloperated systems goes forward and the lessons get used  for other things.

Here is a blog with ongoing updates on the decommishioning. This is a large and serious project that’s being done with a high degree of professionalism.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

And some news and TEPCO updates.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2016/images/handouts_160118_01-e.pdf

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Fuel-removal-machine-for-Fukushima-Daiichi-3-1801164.html

Some of the new technologies being used.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/545561/fukushima-robot/

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/18/toshibas-wrecking-bot-will-dismantle-fukushima/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/18/10786688/toshiba-robot-fukushima-power-plant-cleanup

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2016/images/handouts_160118_01-e.pdf

From an engineering prospect this is one of the most interesting projects out there.  The aftermath will require the use of interesting new technologies in a very hostile environment.  Just about every aspect of mechanical engineering is going to be involved and it’s going to be a unique opportunity to get read data on using a bunch of…

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