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This Robot Submarine Inspects the Worst Pools Ever

Neither would anyone else in their right mind, but it is the job of human inspectors to go out on catwalks over reactor vessels and dip long poles with cameras attached into the water to inspect the vessel’s interior to make sure that nothing evil is leaking out.

The video, by the way, is of a reactor pulse, which happens whencontrol rods are rapidly removed from the nuclear core, which goes from idle (about 100 watts of output for the reactor in the video) to nearly a billion watts of output (!) and back down to idle again in something like 50 milliseconds.

The bright blue flash is Cherenkov radiation, with charged particles from the reaction moving through the water faster than the speed of light (in water), exciting water molecules to emit a wave of blue photons.

Sink and Swim: Stinger The Swimming Robot Keeps Nuclear Reactors Healthy

Nothing says summertime in Georgia like a dip in the old swimming hole.

But near the town of Baxley, there’s one pool that’s not open to the public: the crystal-clear blue waters of the containment vessel bathing the Edwin Irby Hatch Power Plant’s nuclear reactor.

In the past, during scheduled maintenance and refueling downtimes, multiple inspectors would clamber onto platforms that extended above the pool and plunge into the vessel cameras mounted on poles or tied to ropes.

Using such handheld devices allowed them to get a close-up view of the welds in the reactor pressure vessel and also surfaces that had to be kept in perfect order.

There’s just no other way to do it and Stinger is built specifically to operate in that type of environment.” The first-of-its-kind remote-operated vehicle is now being deployed to nuclear power plants across the U.S. as they go through scheduled refueling and inspection outages.

In addition to its camera technology, it also carries a high-pressure water nozzle, or hydrolaser, to clean metallic surfaces to ensure a good, clean look at the welds.

Meet Stinger, The Swimming Robot who Keeps Nuclear Reactors Healthy

Stinger the Swimming Robot reaches places no human could reach before (Source: GE Reports, Image credit: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy) Swimming in a public pool is one of the best ways to cool down in the heatwave, but Stinger the Swimming Robot likes to jump in to the crystal-clear blue waters of the containment vessel bathing the Edwin Irby Hatch Power Plant’s nuclear reactor.

As GE Reports recently posted, this new steerable unmanned underwater vehicle, which is equipped with multidirectional, computer-controlled thrusters and a high-resolution color video camera, allows nuclear plant personnel to go places no human could reach before.

GE Robots Do the Dirty (and Dangerous) Service Work

Industrial manufacturing giant GE has invested heavily in software to transform how service technicians do their jobs.

Wind turbines are still mostly inspected the old-fashioned way: by an employee on the ground who views the blades through a high-powered telescope.

The device beams a high-definition video feed of the blades to inspectors safely on the ground.

Developed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, the robot swims around a reactor core, performing the inspection and cleaning duties that would otherwise fall to humans.

The dexterous robot works alongside factory workers, handling the more monotonous tasks.

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