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Cyber physicaL Equipment for unmAnned Nuclear DEcommissioning Measurements

RIANA TM with surface mapping module, manipulator arm, multi-sample taking module

The EU-funded CLEANDEM project is a collaboration of 11 partners from four different EU countries that aims at proposing a technological breakthrough for dismantling and decommissioning (D&D) operations of nuclear sites, employing an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Platform equipped with innovative radiological sensing probes.

The goal of the project is to deliver a cyber physical system which will support the end-users’ operations, initially performing a radiological assessment of the area and then monitoring D&D operations throughout the final characterization of the plant.

This will result in a 3D and fully detailed digital twin of the surveyed area augmented with radiological information provided by the sensors, thus enabling an efficient and effective planning of the dismantling actions and optimizing the nuclear waste sorting for reprocessing or for delivery to the final storage.

The targeted impacts of the UGV Platform are: to save time; drastically reduce costs; minimize human intervention; improve safety for workers and the population; and to reduce environmental impact.

The effectiveness of the UGV Platform will be assessed in an extensive testing and validation campaign that will be performed in laboratories, in simulated environment and finally on the field. A demonstration event in a real nuclear site, involving all project partners and external stakeholders, will conclude the three years project activities opening for further exploitation in the D&D market.

This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2019-2020 under grant agreement No 945335.