Radiation exposure assessment of a robot hand system

Evangelos Kourlitis, Richard French, Hector Marin-Reyes

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Abstract

Based at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest particle accelerator. From 2025, LHC will be upgraded to achieve an order of magnitude higher luminosity, increasing the rate of collisions, mandatory for probing future new physics phenomena. The route to high luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) involves various detector upgrades and requires significant infrastructure changes. Recent measurements by CERN Radiation Protection, verifying previous calculations by The University of Sheffield (UoS), has raised awareness about future restrictions of human activity in HL-LHC experimental construction and maintenance areas avoiding exposure from dangerously high levels of radiation. Examining the case of the ATLAS detector upgrade, collaborative partnerships between UoS and UK SMEs developing state-of-the-art robotic instrumentation, capable of tolerating high radiation levels. The main object of this research is to establish how construction materials of dexterous robotics behave under high levels of radioactivity conducting irradiation tests in Birmingham Irradiation Facility. A sample of the Shadow Dexterous Hand robotic system was irradiated in a liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooled thermal chamber, which moves continuously through the homogeneous proton beam. The movement is provided by a Pre-configured XY-Axis Cartesian Robot. The methods and techniques developed as a result of this research will further aid robotics R&D in highly radioactive environments, as nuclear facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cooperative Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2016
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Pages356-365
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789813149120
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2016 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201614 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Cooperative Robotics: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2016

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period12/09/1614/09/16

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