Reproduce a specific situation at NRG in a virtual environment.
Recently, Heemskerk Innovative Technology has started to work on Remote Handling Equipment for the experimental fusion reactor ITER. Although the fusion process produces only relatively small amounts of radiation, parts of the reactor near the plasma will become ´too hot´ to handle by hand. The maintenance activities will therefore be done by remote control. The handling capabilities and logistics in the maintenance workshop (the ‘Hot Cell’) have to be carefully planned in order to keep service periods as short as possible. The Master-Slave systems therefore have to be very robust and reliable.
Currently a benchmark test bed for master-slave manipulators is being created at NRG Petten. This test bed can be used to validate simulation software. In order to validate simulation software for operator training, a virtual test case is compared with a real test case.