• Shin, Ho-Cheol (Nuclear Robotics Laboratory, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Jeong, Kyung-Min (Nuclear Robotics Laboratory, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Jung, Seung-Ho (Nuclear Robotics Laboratory, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Seung-Ho (Nuclear Robotics Laboratory, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • Published : 2009.02.28


This paper presents details on a tube inspection robotic system and a positioning method of the robot for a steam generator (SG) in nuclear power plants (NPPs). The robotic system is separated into three parts for easy handling, which reduces the radiation exposure during installation. The system has a supporting leg to increase the rigidity of the robot base. Since there are several thousands of tubes to be inspected inside a SG, it is very important to position the tool of the robot at the right tubes even if the robot base is positioned inaccurately during the installation. In order to obtain absolute accuracy of a position, the robot kinematics was mathematically modeled with the modified DH(Denavit-Hartenberg) model and calibrated on site using tube holes as calibration points. To tune the PID gains of a commercial motor driver systematically, the time delay control (TDC) based gain tuning method was adopted. To verify the performance of the robotic system, experiments on a Framatomes 51B Model type SG mockup were undertaken.


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