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Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Robot to explore Fukushima, finally
Ann R. Thryft   12/5/2012 12:47:07 PM
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William, rad-hard design techniques and materials research have been around a long time in the US military, including for electronic components, and much of it is usable in robotics design. Regarding this robot and how much of the technology and design it uses is new, the main thing seems to be handling those slopes and slope changes.

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Re: Robot to explore Fukushima, finally
William K.   12/5/2012 10:01:04 PM
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Of course there has been research and development of Rad-hard materials and components, but it seems like it is not quite an ongoing process. But it may just be a topic that gets really poor coverage in the media. After all, people may start to ask as to exactly WHY do we need to develop such materials. And if the media start asking questions there may be quite a fuss made.

But my point is that different materials that may be quite desireable fr a design may not have any information available about their suitability for service in a radioactive environment. Radiation effects on one polymer may not be an adequate indication of how a different polymer would be affected.

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Re: Robot to explore Fukushima, finally
Ann R. Thryft   12/6/2012 12:26:22 PM
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I should add that rad-hard design techniques and materials research are also a long-term subject of R&D by NASA for space applications, as well as DARPA's military apps and, presumably, various researchers for the nuclear energy industry.

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