Previous Projects

These drawings represent a conceptual system that RTL was commissioned to develop for the provision of a highly compact remote inspection system.

Transportable to site in palletised format, the system was designed to automatically deploy an inspection boom carrying cameras and sensors with up to 30 metres reach in three dimensions.

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This hand-deployed BRC was designed to deploy a camera and radiation detector package, by inserting them into long, narrow horizontal bores during the decommissioning of Magnox Power Stations. It extended 14 metres and allowed the package to bridge gaps in the structure without jamming. The printed scale meant that the exact position of the camera package could be accurately determined at all times.

The first commercial use of BRCs was for the inspection of the core of the Bradwell Nuclear Power Station during a routine maintenance outage. It replaced a rigid sectional steel pole inspection system and reduced the time of the process by over eighty percent. It also freed up the pilecap crane, which had previously been occupied for ten days by this task, allowing other work to be completed in parallel.

CFDS on Bradwell pile cap 2

This simple manual inspection unit for the nuclear industry uses camera cables embedded into the BRC to connect the monitor and camera. Embedded cables avoid the normal risk and complexity associated with umbilical management. This system extends the camera unit four metres from a cassette footprint of only 120mm x 100mm.

This unit, developed for UK special forces, provided the ability to elevate a sophisticated camera and integrate it into an existing battlefield imaging and communication system. The heart of this system is a multi-channel voice, video and data transmitter and receiver that slots into the core of the BRC coil, where it locks in place and provides data, video and aerial connections to the camera unit, all of which are via cables integrated into the BRC.

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This allows the focus, zoom and infrared to visible light functions of the camera to be remotely controlled from a range of devices, from a wrist worn monitor to a command and control vehicle many miles away.

System used by EDF at the COGEMA facility

Inspecting equipment which uses hydrofluoric acid to separate the constituents of nuclear fuel rods at France’s COGEMA plant is a critical and severe process. Very few materials can survive the 120oC hydrogen fluoride environment and the design of mechanisms that can operate in the facility is time consuming and difficult.

Electricité de France, who operate the plant, chose a BRC solution. The BRC based mechanism, shown here and used to deploy an inspection camera, has survived this hostile task since for over five years, providing a simple and highly reliable solution to a very challenging engineering task.

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