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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 970942, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/970942
Research Article

Design and Fabrication of Remote Welding Equipment in a Hot-Cell

1Research Reactor Fuel Development Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353, Republic of Korea
2Korea University of Technology and Education, Cheonan 330-708, Republic of Korea

Received 6 May 2013; Revised 26 September 2013; Accepted 26 September 2013

Academic Editor: Arkady Serikov

Copyright © 2013 Soosung Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The remote welding equipment for nuclear fuel bundle fabrication in a hot-cell was designed and developed. To achieve this, a preliminary investigation of hands-on fuel fabrication outside a hot-cell was conducted with a consideration of the constraints caused by the welding in a hot-cell. Some basic experiments were also carried out to improve the end-plate welding process for nuclear fuel bundle fabrication. The resistance welding equipment using end-plate welding was also improved. It was found that the remote resistance welding was more suitable for joining an end-plate to end caps in a hot-cell. This paper presents an outline of the developed welding equipment for nuclear fuel bundle fabrication and reviews a conceptual design of remote welding equipment using a master-slave manipulator. Furthermore, the mechanical considerations and a mock-up simulation test were described. Finally, its performance test results were presented for a mock-up of the remote resistance welding equipment for nuclear fuel bundle fabrication.