Evaluation Methodology of Remote Dismantling Equipment for Reactor Pressure Vessel in Decommissioning Project

  • Hyun, D.J. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Choi, B.S. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Jeong, K.S. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Lee, J.H. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, G.H. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Moon, J.K. (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • Received : 2013.07.31
  • Accepted : 2013.09.22
  • Published : 2013.10.30


A novel methodology to evaluate remote dismantling equipment for a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) in a decommissioning project is presented in this paper. The remote dismantling equipment, mainly composed of cutting tools and positioning equipment, is absolutely required to cut and handle highly radioactive and large components in nuclear power plants (NPPs); this equipment has a great effect on the overall success of the decommissioning project. Conventional evaluation methods have only focused on cutting technologies or positioning equipment, although remote dismantling equipment cannot achieve its goal without organic interaction between the cutting tools and the positioning equipment. In this paper, the cutting tools and the positioning equipment are evaluated by performance parameters according to their original characteristics, the relationship between the two systems, and common factors. Finally, the remote dismantling equipment used in recent decommissioning projects has been evaluated based on the proposed methodology. The results of this paper are expected to be useful for future decommissioning projects.



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