EVALUATION OF ROBOTICS FOR FLANGE BOLTING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2523
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
114 Union Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. John R. White
 Principal Investigator
 (615) 483-0228
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
ALL FUSION MACHINE CONCEPTS HAVE ADOPTED A MAINTENANCE PHILOSOPHY FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING OF FAILED COMPONENTS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE MACHINE DOWNTIME FOR REPAIR. MANY COMPONENTS ARE CONNECTED TO THE MACHINE BY LARGE BOLTED FLANGES. THE UNBOLTING AND BOLTING OPERATIONS ARE TO BER PERFORMED BY WORKERS WEARING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WITH AIR-SUPLIED HOODS AND USING HAND- HELD POWER TOOLS. EXPERIENCE AT MANUFACTURING PLANTS HAS SHOWN ROBOTICS EQUIPMENT TO BE FASTER THAN HUMAN WORKERS FOR THIS TYPE OF OPERATION. THIS PROGRAM WILL EVALUATE WAYE TO ADAPT EXISTING INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS TORQUING EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON BOLTED FLANGES AT FUSION MACHINES. A PERFERRED APPROACH WILL BE SELECTED, AND A CONCEPT DESIGN WILL BE DEVELOPED. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE A BOLTING ROBOT THAT IS USABLE ON A WIDE RANGE OF FLANGE SIZES AND SHAPES TO REDUCE BOTH THE TIME REQUIRED FOR PERFORMING THE WORK AND THE RADIATION EXPOSURE TO WORKERS. PHASE II WILL INCLUDE THE DETAILED DESIGN, FABRICATION, AND DEMONSTRATION TEST- ING OF THE ROBOTIC DEVICE AT THE PRINCETON TOKAMAK FUSION TEST REACTOR.

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