Improvements to the rescue robot quince toward future indoor surveillance missions in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Tomoaki Yoshida, Keiji Nagatani, Satoshi Tadokoro, Takeshi Nishimura, Eiji Koyanagi

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Abstract

On March 11 2011, a huge earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, and four reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were seriously damaged. Because of high radiation levels around the damaged reactor buildings, robotic surveillance were demanded to respond to the accident. On June 20, we delivered our rescue robot named Quince which is a tracked vehicle with four sub-tracks, to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for damage inspection missions in the reactor buildings. Quince needed some enhancements such as a dosimeter, additional cameras, and a cable communication system for these missions. Furthermore, stair climbing ability and user interface was implemented for easy operation for novice operators. Quince have conducted six missions in the damaged reactor building. In the sixth mission on October 20, it reached to the topmost floor of the reactor building of unit 2. However, the communication cable was damaged on the way back, and Quince was left on the third floor of the reactor building. Therefore, an alternative Quince is requested recently. In this paper, we report the situation of the missions for Quince, and introduce enhancements of the next Quince for future missions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationField and Service Robotics - Results of the 8th International Conference
Pages19-32
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 11
Event8th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, FSR 2012 - Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan
Duration: 2012 Jul 162012 Jul 19

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
Volume92
ISSN (Print)1610-7438
ISSN (Electronic)1610-742X

Other

Other8th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, FSR 2012
CountryJapan
CityMatsushima, Miyagi
Period12/7/1612/7/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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