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Robotic Tuna Inspects Oil Tankers (& Sea Chests?)
9/26/2012

The BIOSwimmer is shown in the water during testing. The line is a camera tether.   (Source: Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group)
The BIOSwimmer is shown in the water during testing. The line is a camera tether.
(Source: Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group)

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mrdon
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Re: Swims like a tuna, looks like a tuna
mrdon   6/11/2014 10:00:21 PM
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Cabe,

I agree. Robotic tunas will definitely be an assest in investigating hazardous water conditions and collecting environmental data from a catastrophic event like the Fukushima reactor.

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Re: Swims like a tuna, looks like a tuna
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2014 12:37:57 AM
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These would be invaluable in checking exactly how much irradiated water is seeping into the sea out of the pipes of the Fukushima reactor.

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Re: Swims like a tuna, looks like a tuna
mrdon   10/7/2012 10:33:49 PM
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Hi Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed the comment! Who said you can't have fun with technology?

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Re: Swims like a tuna, looks like a tuna
Ann R. Thryft   10/1/2012 11:47:22 AM
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mrdon, you gave me a laugh. I was thinking less about nutrients than pollution: real tuna with tanker oil all over it. Yech.

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Re: Swims like a tuna, looks like a tuna
mrdon   9/27/2012 2:56:19 PM
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Ann, I see your point. Yeah eating the tuna would be too much iron in one's diet. LOL

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Ann R. Thryft   9/27/2012 12:03:18 PM
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That's an interesting point about fishermen and this robot tuna. Unless they're fishing near downed oil tankers, it may not be a problem. (And if they are, I hope I don't eat their tuna!)

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mrdon   9/27/2012 11:29:11 AM
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Beth

You bring up a very good point in regards to fishermen capturing tuna. I wonder if the design team thought about the fishing scenario and has provided a mechanism to protect there robot from fisherman. As always, Ann, a very good article on robotic applications. Keep them coming!!

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Beth Stackpole   9/27/2012 7:12:29 AM
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Pipelines and maybe even tight spots in mines. Definitely would have been helpful in disasters like the Chile mining incident a couple of years back.

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Ann R. Thryft   9/26/2012 2:59:14 PM
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Nadine, I like your earthworm equivalent idea. There are robotic snakes/worms used in medicine for detecting various substances. I wonder if those, or similar technology, could be ruggedized and adapted for pipelines?

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NadineJ   9/26/2012 2:19:45 PM
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It would be fantastic if this is used to detect small leaks (that often lead to bigger problems) in oil tankers, rigs, etc.  They could be repaired before there's a problem.  Being ablt to navigate through oily water, after a spill, is useful too.

We'll need the earthworm equivalent very soon to help with the new oil pipelines.

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