Failure Mode Analysis for a Hazardous Waste Clean-up Manipulator

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Item Metadata Walker, Ian D.
Cavallaro, Joseph R. 2012-05-30T17:50:23Z 2012-05-30T17:50:23Z 1996-05-01
dc.identifier.issn 10.1016/S0951-8320(96)00055-5
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the application of Fault Tree Analysis to the design phase of a robot manipulator for hazardous waste retrieval. The robot is to be deployed in single-shell under-ground storage tanks at the US Department of Energy (DOE) site in Hanford, Washington. These tanks contain a variety of highly radioactive waste types, necessitating extremely safe and reliable manipulator operation. Based on preliminary design drawings of this long-reach manipulator, fault trees were constructed for several critical failure scenarios. Analysis of the trees revealed a number of ways to improve the safety and reliability of the manipulator design. This paper presents a summary of the fault tree analysis, with a discussion of the applicability of qualitative and quantitative fault tree methods to hazardous waste robotics.
dc.description.sponsorship Sandia National Laboratory
dc.description.sponsorship National Science Foundation
dc.description.sponsorship NASA
dc.publisher Elsevier Science Limited
dc.subject Fault tree analysis
Robot manipulators
dc.title Failure Mode Analysis for a Hazardous Waste Clean-up Manipulator
dc.type Journal Paper
dc.citation.journalTitle Reliability Engineering and System Safety Center for Multimedia Communication
dc.citation.volumeNumber 53
dc.citation.pageNumber 277-290
dc.citation.issueNumber 3
dc.identifier.citation I. D. Walker and J. R. Cavallaro, "Failure Mode Analysis for a Hazardous Waste Clean-up Manipulator," Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 277-290, 1996.

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