LaserSnake project completed with successful demonstration
OC Robotics and TWI Ltd have successfully completed the demonstration of the Technology Strategy Board funded LaserSnake project. The combination of flexible snake-arm robot and high powered fibre laser enables a selective, remote-controlled approach to dismantling and decommissioning complex structures in hazardous and confined nuclear environments.
Decommissioning of nuclear facilities represents a critical long-term challenge to the industry. Remote single-sided cutting of vessels, support structures, flasks and pipe work is a basic, ubiquitous process. This technology is relevant to the global nuclear sector and other decommissioning and maintenance tasks in the petrochemical and processing sectors.
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