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Development of a supplementary outboard side thruster system for dynamic positioning control of autonomous surface vehicle

Kato, Tetsu*; Kawamura, Yamato*; Tahara, Junichiro*; Baba, Shoichiro*; Sanada, Yukihisa; Fujii, Shun*

International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, 31(3), p.316 - 324, 2021/09

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The development of a side thruster system (vehicle (ASV)) that can maintain the direction of travel on the autonomous surface will be explained. Currently, we are working on a mud radioactivity survey in collaboration with Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. Deposited at the mouth of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, the main purpose is to collect unmanned mud using ASV. The Mad Collection has developed a side thruster system and implemented it in ASV. We have confirmed the operation of the ASV with the joystick by using the thruster system for operating the ASV by one person using the joystick.

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Development of a radiation survey device for a multipurpose unmanned surface vehicle

Sanada, Yukihisa; Miyamoto, Kenji*; Momma, Hiroyasu*; Miyazaki, Nobuyuki*; Nakasone, Takamasa*; Tahara, Junichiro*; Baba, Shoichiro*; Furuyama, Hiroki*

Marine Technology Society Journal, 55(5), p.222 - 230, 2021/09

Large quantities of volatile radionuclides were released into the atmosphere following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) accident in March 2011. To evaluate their effect on aquatic organisms and radiocesium behavior in the environment, the monitoring of radioactive cesium in the waterbed soil is important. We developed a dedicated radiation survey device that can both directly measure and collect some sediment samples. A comprehensive test was conducted using this device, which was installed in an unmanned surface vehicle at Fukushima offshore contaminated by radiocesium that resulted from the FDNPS accident. Consequently, the effectiveness of this device was confirmed because the measurement results of the sediment-core sample and in-situ radiation survey results show a good correlation. A successful application of this device in the time of post-nuclear facility accident is expected.

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Invention of automatic movement and dynamic positioning control method of unmanned vessel for mud mining

Fujii, Shun*; Kato, Tetsu*; Kawamura, Yamato*; Tahara, Junichiro*; Baba, Shoichiro*; Sanada, Yukihisa

Proceedings of 26th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB 26th 2021), p.280 - 285, 2021/01

In recent years, autonomously navigating unmanned vessels have been actively studied, and many of these vessels are designed to perform unmanned operations such as observation and transportation. On the other hand, this study uses an unmanned ship with a moon pool that collects seabed mud, which is difficult for ordinary ships. Vessels used since the area are highly turbulent due to wind, so it is necessary to maintain a fixed point and orientation when removing mud. The ship is equipped with side thrusters to maintain a fixed point and bow direction. In this study, the control method was devised to maintain fixed point and orientation, and the control method is based on robust sliding mode control. The proposed control method was verified by simulation, and the desired behavior was confirmed.

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Development of side thruster system for ASV

Kato, Tetsu*; Kawamura, Yamato*; Tahara, Junichiro*; Baba, Shoichiro*; Sanada, Yukihisa

Proceedings of the 30th (2020) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE 2020) (USB Flash Drive), p.1255 - 1260, 2020/10

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Annual report on the environmental radiation monitoring around Tokai fuel reprocessing plant; January - December, 1986

Kitahara, Yoshihisa*; Ishida, Junichiro; Asano, Tomohiro

PNC TN8440 87-008, 155 Pages, 1987/02

PNC-TN8440-87-008.pdf:4.92MB

The environmental radiation monitoring around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant has been performed since 1975, based on "Safety Standard for the Tokai Reprocessing Plant, Chapter V - Environmental Monitoring". This annual report presents interpretation of the results of the environmental monitoring and the results of dose estimation to the hypothetical inhabitants due to the annual discharges of the radioactivity from the reprocessing plant during 1986. Notes of this year may be the detection of the radioactivities in various kinds of samples following the accident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Appendix presents comprehensive information, such as, monitoring program, monitoring results, meteorological data, annual discharges from the plant and results of dose estimation.

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