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Again obstacle in the cleaning-up of Fukushima nuclear plant: two robots were abandoned inside the reactor

March11, 2011, huge tsunami caused by Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake destroyed Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It’s been four long years the incident occurred but TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) is still on the process of cleaning up the reactor. For investing purpose, TEPCO has sent two robots this month, designed so that they can access damage from inside the reactor. They were abandoned as one of the robot got stuck inside the reactor and the other’s camera got damaged by the radiation.

Again obstacle in the cleaning-up of Fukushima nuclear plant

The second robot was deployed on Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No. 1 reactor on April 15 after the radiation damage to the camera of the first one. The radiation level inside the reactor is still high and it’s very dangerous for human, so there is no other way rather than relying on the bots for the clean-up process. The snake-like two robots are shape changing device designed to inspect the interior of the primary containment vessel. The robots are flexible to do any job like radiation measurement; it investigates along the 1st floor grating surfaces in the vessel, decontamination with dry ice blasts etc. It rolls on wheels to traverse narrow pipe and expands the shape to gain stability. The first robot got stuck on the pipe on 10th April after moving in 10 meters inside the reactor, blocking the paths of other robots and it was abandoned. Within 5 days they deployed a second robot but a week and even its camera malfunctioned due to radiation and it was also abandoned. But good thing is both the robots provided some essential information before they were eliminated.

Since, robot is the only way to clean-up the Fukushima reactor; we pray no more robotic disaster to block the work.

Again obstacle in the cleaning-up of Fukushima nuclear plant: two robots were abandoned inside the reactor - Last modify: April 24th, 2015, Author: Madhumanti Pal
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  • Sharleene Tamondong

    It is very great to know that there are technologies were invented like robots to clear or inspect containment vessel instead of humans. As we all know that after the earthquake it has devastating effect on the nuclear plant which is harmful to human.

  • Gilly

    If these droids can talk to each other, imagine what would
    it be like? Will they have sympathy on us humans or are they laughing at us
    right now?

  • Drkoje

    Wow science is going really fast now we have robots which can record and walk impressive.

  • moses1234

    it’s awesome that we can don’t risk human lives and use technology to clean-up after nuclear disease!