Remotely operated handling systems for nuclear applications
The disaster of Fukushima Daiichi in 2011 increased worldwide awareness of the risks and problems posed by nuclear accidents and the value of a specialised in-house emergency protection system. In Germany, this service is provided by Kerntechnische Hilfsdienst GmbH (KHG) in Karlsruhe. KHG provides remote-controlled manipulator systems of different sizes and can perform on-site recovery tasks where dose rates (contamination levels) are extremely high. IAGB developed the HMS for KHG based on a standard small-sized remote-controlled excavator, which has often been deployed for dismantling nuclear plants.
- The HMS will serve Kerntechnische Hilfsdienst GmbH as an additional very versatile manipulator system.
- Its modular design and the use of industry-standard components guarantee the continued availability of replacement parts during the required lifetime of 15 years and facilitates upgrades or modifications when necessary.
HMS TECHNICHAL DATA
- Supported temperatures: –40°C to +55°C
- Supported dose rates: up to 100 Gy/h (cumulative dose rates of up to 10,000 Gy)
- Maximum speed: 5 km/h
- Fording ability of basic vehicle: 550 mm. Climbing ability: 29°
- Applicable with various tools, e.g. manipulator, rotary drum cutter, excavating bucket, fork lift, concrete pulveriser, hammer, scrap shears, sorting grapple and drum gripper
- Integrated emergency recovery system for the basic vehicle in the event of a technical defect
- 12 cameras and various sensors for radiological, thermal and atmospheric measurements