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Technology Factsheet

Houdini II

Category: Robotics > Dismantling and Retrieval > Wheeled/Tracked System
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Houdini is a remotely controlled, folding, work platform that can pass through 24-in. openings called risers and then expand to become a 4 x 5-ft mini bulldozer, complete with a plow blade; a dextrous, high-payload manipulator; and remote camera systems. A single-operator control console can be located up to a few hundred feet away. Though training is straightforward with no special qualifications needed, inexperienced operators can easily damage the system; therefore, the need for operators to practice in cold tests is critical to mission success. Houdini can deploy a variety of tools fitted with appropriate grasp points and can manipulate objects up to 250 lb. It can shovel waste or deploy localized sluicing systems for heel removal, cut and remove in-tank debris, deploy tools to obtain core samples, and perform characterization and inspection missions. It has successfully and extensively manipulated a localized sluicer that uses high-pressure water to dislodge and then pump a variety of physical waste forms. Houdini is lowered from an enclosed and shielded deployment package, which houses the tether reel and the robot for stowage and maintenance.

Site:Oak Ridge
Industry:Nuclear
Size:Medium (5-20kg/20lb-40lb, 30–60cm/12in-24in)
TRL:Demonstration (7-8)
TRL2:Demonstration (7-8)
Tether: *
Waterproof: *
Payload:100-250kg/200lb-500lb
Reach:Unknown
Manipulator:Yes - standard

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-Houdini can deploy a variety of tools fitted with appropriate grasp points and can manipulate objects up to 250 lb. -It can shovel waste or deploy localized sluicing systems for heel removal, cut and remove in-tank debris, deploy tools to obtain core samples, and perform characterization and inspection missions.

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