Title

ASME Design Competition

Presenter Information

Lauren Hadenfeld
Mark Smithlin

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Due to the tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear industry has issued a request for proposal to design and build a small remotely controlled device. This device would be used to inspect buildings that may otherwise be determined as dangerous and unsafe. The device contains a camera that is able to view the vehicles path. This way the vehicle can be controlled without actually having to be in the same building. The device also has an arm that is able to grab items. The purpose of the arm is to be able to place radiation sensors and also to pick them up and return them to the operator. This device has been constructed and will be tested at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Competition. There will be a course that the vehicle will run that includes picking up a wooden dowel that will represent a radiation sensor, pushing buttons, and reading text on the ground using the camera alone. The text represents a sensor reading that an actual radiation inspecting device would be able to read that would allow the operator to know if the building is safe or unsafe. This device, radiation sensors, camera, and remote control will help to avoid radiation poisoning and other harmful areas inside unsafe buildings.

Poster Number

2

Faculty Mentor(s)

Charles Pringle

Additional Mentoring Department

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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ASME Design Competition

SURC Ballroom C/D

Due to the tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear industry has issued a request for proposal to design and build a small remotely controlled device. This device would be used to inspect buildings that may otherwise be determined as dangerous and unsafe. The device contains a camera that is able to view the vehicles path. This way the vehicle can be controlled without actually having to be in the same building. The device also has an arm that is able to grab items. The purpose of the arm is to be able to place radiation sensors and also to pick them up and return them to the operator. This device has been constructed and will be tested at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Competition. There will be a course that the vehicle will run that includes picking up a wooden dowel that will represent a radiation sensor, pushing buttons, and reading text on the ground using the camera alone. The text represents a sensor reading that an actual radiation inspecting device would be able to read that would allow the operator to know if the building is safe or unsafe. This device, radiation sensors, camera, and remote control will help to avoid radiation poisoning and other harmful areas inside unsafe buildings.