Overview

During Elephants to Ants (E2A) an end to end inactive decommissioning demonstration was executed.

The underlying principle of E2A is the integration of multiple relative small robots or devices (‘ants’) working together to achieve goals beyond their individual capabilities, eliminating the need for a large, complex, ‘one size fits all’ machine (‘elephant’).

The Elephants to Ants vision is of a modular robotics decommissioning system in which a toolkit of robotics modules can be controlled through a single interface and reconfigured to solve many decommissioning challenges.

Principles

  • A Toolbox Approach of robots and devices reconfigurable and expandable to solve many decommissioning challenges.
  • A Lean/Agile approach to concept, development implementation with focus on value being continuously added.
  • Createc Iris as a platform that enables high-level reconfiguration of robotics modules to solve many decommissioning challenges.
  • Createc Iris VR as a single interface for data visualisation and tele-operation of all robots and devices that are part of Iris Toolbox/
  • Soft Robotics to deliver the human-like dexterity required to tackle diverse complex decommissioning tasks.

Advantages

  • Safer, cheaper and quicker.
  • Eliminate hazards associated with large robots.
  • Remove humans from exposure to radiation.
  • Reduction in costs associated with huge investments of developing bespoke robots.
  • Remove high risk that bespoke robot does not achieve intended functionalities.
  • Adapting the tooling and approach as decommissioning progresses is leaner way to manage uncertainty in the complex task of decommissioning legacy nuclear cells.
  • Lessons learned and technologies developed are transferable from one decommissioning activity to another.