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Researchers work to make robots the first-responders after nuclear power plant disasters

International Atomic Energy Agency fact-finding team leader Mike Weightman examines Reactor Unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on May 27, 2011. The team assessed damage from an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that caused three reactors at the plant to meltdown. (Photo: Gregg Webb / International Atomic Energy Agency)

Disasters at nuclear power plants present all kinds of problems for search and rescue teams, from lethal radiation exposure to danger from weakened structures. Associate Professor Yong Cho has begun work on a new project that could one day put robots on the ground in the immediate aftermath of a meltdown or other catastrophe, helping to rescue people trapped in the plant and contain dangerous nuclear material in situations where quick action is critical.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

PhD student Bradley Dolphyn studying the concrete cracks that shut down Crystal River nuclear power plant

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Bradley Dolphyn is working to figure out just what happened to the massive concrete containment building at the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant in Florida. Cracks in the building ultimately led its owner, Duke Energy, to shut down the facility.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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