To inspect and detect surfaces whose radiation can be dangerous for humans in the galleries of the LHCLHCthe Large Collider of hadronshadronsin Geneva (Switzerland), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CernCern) uses a robotrobot chienchien. Baptized CERNquadbotthe quadriped successfully carried out its first experimental patrol in the northern zone of the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.
The robot inspects areas that could be dangerous for humans in the particle accelerator.© CERN
A robot that goes everywhere
This is not the first time that CERN has sought to use robots, but they are sometimes poorly suited to the configuration of the premises. With its four legs, the robot is much more versatile. Where large wheeled robots with arms are blocked by bundles of cables and pipes, the CERNquadbot climbs over them with ease. The robot will not replace other models capable of lifting heavy loads, but will become complementary to the latter, because they do not necessarily have the same capabilities.
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