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Inspecting nuclear facilities with unmanned aerial systems
Over the past decade, unmanned aerial systems (UASs), more commonly referred to as drones, have played an increasing role in the day-to-day activities of the energy sector. Applications range from visually inspecting wind turbines, flare stacks, pipelines, and facilities to evaluating vegetation encroachment near power lines. Although the benefits of UASs have been reported in these industries, their use in the nuclear community has only recently been explored. For instance, a drone was sent into a waterbox at a Duke Energy facility to inspect for leaks.1 And at Fukushima Daiichi, a drone was used to conduct a post-accident radiation survey inside Unit 3, and drones are being investigated for use inside the damaged containments.2
Jong Woon Kim, Cheol Woo Lee, Young-Ouk Lee, Dong-Won Lee, Seungyon Cho
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 68 | Number 3 | October 2015 | Pages 652-656
Technical Paper | Proceedings of TOFE-2014 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST14-966
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The discrete ordinates code under development by KAERI uses an unstructured tetrahedral mesh, and can thus be applied to solve the radiation transport in a complicated geometry. In addition, the geometry modeling process has become much easier because computational tetrahedral meshes are generated based on the CAD file by Gmsh. This program has been enhancing its performance and adding functions for each application.
In previous research, it was applied in a neutronics analysis for the Korea Helium Cooled Ceramic Reflector (HCCR) TBM. The total neutron fluxes were compared with the results from MCNPX and showed good agreement.
In this paper, we applied our program to a simplified ITER model which is a 40-degree toroidal segment. The zone averaged total fluxes were compared with those of MCNPX, and total neutron flux distribution was visualized in a three-dimensional system domain.