We've all seen "Snakes on a Plane." OK, I haven't and don't plan to. But anyway, picture this: snake robots in a nuclear plant. Can you hear that Hollywood option in the pipe?
Yessir, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are convinced that sending snake-like robots slithering through nuclear power plants is a good idea. They've even tested the concept at a plant in Austria and it may help inspectors.
With a video camera and an LED light on its head, the reptilian machine was able to wriggle into pipes, valves, and vessels, relaying footage that can be used to check for hazardous wear and damage in pipes that are contaminated and hard to access. … Read more