SwRI will be exhibiting at the ASNT Annual Conference, Booth No. 1921.
Thursday, Nov. 21
2:30 p.m., Ballroom G
“Development of a Robotic Inspection System for Evaluation of the Hanford Site Double-Shelled Storage Tank Bottoms” Adam Cobb
Double-shelled storage tanks (DSTs) are used at the Hanford Site for nuclear waste storage and in 2012, a leak was discovered that originated from the primary vessel bottom in one DSTs. Since the leak discovery, research and development efforts were conducted to evaluate different inspection technologies to assess the vessel bottoms. This presentation focuses on the design efforts related to a custom inspection solution for inspection the vessels without requiring emptying of the tank contents. The system combines a robotic delivery platform with a guided wave inspection sensor for inspecting areas inaccessible with traditional sensors. This talk summarizes the ongoing development effort for this system, showing the evolution from the effectiveness demonstrations on representative mockups to a completed system design.
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