Recently the TORONE team demonstrated the capability of the LIBS and Raman instruments (find out more here) developed during the project at the University of Manchester Robotics for Extreme Environments Laboratory. Attended by nuclear industry representatives, the platform equipped with LIBS instrumentation performed a live demonstration of materials identification, such as stainless steels, copper and other commonly found materials in nuclear facilities.
When the instrumentation is twinned with a mobile platform, its possible to have the robot autonomously decide on the best location to sample a surface and navigate to that position on behalf of a human operator (learn more in this article). Operators can engage the laser system and view the captured spectra from a laptop remotely, removing humans from possibly hazardous environments.
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