Robotics for decommissioning

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What we do

We are developing a family of robots that can operate in the air, underwater and both on and under the ground in a bid to explore radioactive areas.

Decommissioning and clean-up of the UK's nuclear facilities is a multi-billion pound task that will take many decades to complete. It's a job that involves a number of unique technical engineering challenges. To meet these challenges we take a collaborative approach, using fundamental and applied research to find the most effective solutions.

However, innovation also plays a key role too and off-the-shelf toy helicopters are often used to test a theory in the lab or if a dispensable method is needed in practice.

These robots can significantly reduce the risks in the decommissioning process by removing the need for people to explore areas in protective suits. The swarm of robots can remotely explore an area whilst the operator is sat safely in a control centre, well away from the danger.

Dr Simon Watson, Lecturer in Robotics Systems

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