NDA Supply Chain Event 2018

By September 26, 2018Events, Innovation, News, Nuclear

The Game Changers Team are delighted to be part of this year’s NDA Estate Supply Chain event, the biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning.

On Thursday 1st November, 2018, you can find us on Stand i41 in the Innovation Zone at Event City, Manchester, where we will be joined by a number of project teams showcasing their projects.

The Innovation Zone is a dedicated space for companies who have innovative technical products to present. The four joining us will be:

Rawwater Engineering – Molten Metal Manipulation (M3)
M3 introduces an innovative underwater crack repair technology for civil structures, including containment walls and storage facilities for nuclear waste. A reversible method for sealing cracks or defects in water retaining structures, the M3 technology is based on the ability to manipulate low melting point bismuth alloys – which also possess high radioactive shielding capability – prior to complete solidification to achieve the repair or metallic coating.

M3 also has the potential to ‘fix’ radioactive materials in wet or dry porous media. This technology has possible applications for fuel storage pond civil repairs, pipework crack repair, emergency repair kit.

i3D Robotics : Object Recognition using 3D
i3DR has been developing object recognition and AI  related technologies aligned with its core ‘stereo-camera’  expertise.

The stereo vision algorithms, originally developed for the Mars Rover missions, produce a dense 3D representation of a target scene. These accurate, robust algorithms are processed at fast speeds which makes the technology the preferred choice in a wide range of practical applications such as robotics, navigation and industrial processes. 

i3DR has previously produced technology for 3D measurement and automated detection in harsh industrial environments ensuring quick detection of defects in as-cast steel, hot rolled plate and furnace mapping.

University of Strathclyde – Hyperspectral Imaging
Although visible inspection has been used to monitor packed nuclear waste, it can fail to detect any defects until they become apparent. Hyperspectral imaging sensors can potentially detect defects at a very early stage which may be invisible to human eyes.

This can be achieved by inspecting the thermal and spectral response caused by radioactive effect, contaminant and biological issues. The spectral images from near-infrared and short-wave infrared can characterise various physical/chemical properties beyond the visible spectrum.

Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester – Hybrid Gamma Camera (HGC)
The HGC combines an optical and a gamma camera in a portable (hand-held) system. Using technology originally designed for the space sector, a team at Leicester used their expertise to develop the HGC for application in gamma imaging in hospitals.  The researchers are now applying this same technology to deliver real benefit in POCO activities.

The HGC head is small enough to fit through a standard port in a glovebox and can therefore be used to aid glovebox cleaning at Sellafield.  The HGC can scan an area and provide the operator with an image showing the location, size, shape and relative activity of gamma emitting materials.  Due to the design of the camera, this can be done in real time (without the need for post-processing) and the camera can operate in video mode, constantly updating the images as the camera is moved.

The Game Changers stand will also include examples of a number of projects either currently being assessed or which have progressed to proof of concept, all of which welcome interest from Tier 2 organisations seeking to develop their own product and service portfolio with new innovative technologies.