Innovative Engineering Solution for Nuclear Industry
BNFL needed to perform modification work on a pipeline within the Sellafield plant, involving the attachment of a branch outlet so that additional pipe work could be added. Remote operation was an essential as work needed to be undertaken within a radioactive area of the plant. Because of its engineering expertise and knowledge of the appropriate techniques, Furmanite was called in. A purpose-engineered fitting was produced, designed to be remotely clamped round the pipe, using master-slave manipulators. Unique clamping and guidance devices were designed to aid installation and stop the fitting twisting round or slipping down the vertical pipe.