Robot helps decommission fast neutron reactor in France

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AREVA carried out laser cutting operations in the decommissioning of the nuclear reactor vessel of the Superphenix fast neutron reactor in Creys-Malville, France using a robot called CHARLI.

CHARLI is a small remote-operated vehicle that is equipped with a robotic arm fitted with a laser cutting head designed to move around inside confined pipework structures. It can also withstand high levels of radiation, high temperatures and the presence of sodium, aerosols and argon.

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