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Technology Factsheet

Ice Pigging

Category: Robotics > Dismantling and Retrieval > Other
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A system developed to clean pipework without the use of a traditional pig. Ice pigging uses a pig of ice which can flow around complex pipe configurations (unlike traditional pigs) and can never get stuck (since it eventually melts away).

Site:Sellafield
Industry:Other
Size:Not Applicable
TRL:Operational (9)
TRL2:Development (4-6)
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Waterproof: *
Payload: *
Reach: *
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Experimental work suggests that the ice pig is 1000 times more effective than using water. Recently in use by Bristol Water to clear water mains (several kilometers in length).

Currently being investigated by Sellafield.

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