21 Jul '11, 5pm

Army of Tiny Robots to Monitor Underground Pipes for Radioactive Leaks via @TreeHugger

Army of Tiny Robots to Monitor Underground Pipes for Radioactive Leaks via @TreeHugger

MIT reports that Harry Asada, the Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory for Information Systems and Technology and his colleges are working on perfecting this little ball-shaped robot to help monitor and detect leaks in aging nuclear reactor pipelines. "We have 104 reactors in this country," says Asada . "Fifty-two of them are 30 years or older, and we need immediate solutions to assure the safe operations of these reactors." The ball could cut down on costs of direct monitoring, since right now the only way to really get in and look at the pipes is with humans, and that's expensive and time consuming. Instead, these "small, egg-sized robots [are] designed to dive into nuclear reactors and swim through underground pipes, checking for signs of corrosion. The underwater patrollers, equipped with ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/army-of-tiny-robo...

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