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Inspection and maintenance robot for ITER ex-vessel area


ITER is the experimental fusion reactor which will be built around 2010 as global international cooperation to demonstrate practical feasibility of fusion power technology. Remote handling with robots is one of the key issues of the ITER program, because most of the critical inspection and maintenance operations have to be done by telerobotics.

A preliminary study was done for the EU NET/ITER team about the possibility to construct a climbing light weight inspection/maintenance robot for the ex-vessel area of the reactor. The robot uses a fixed climbing network to which it grips with legs and which provides electrical power and communication contact with the operator.

The project was done in coperation with Plustech Ltd and Tampere University of Technology/Automation Technology Laboratory. Funding: TEKES.