Masters Theses

Partial automation of control rod inspection using coordinate measuring machine and machine vision


"The annual inspection of control rods at the UMR Reactor (UMRR) is performed manually using a feeler gauge to measure the bow of the rod and via visual inspection to identify pits. The inspection tasks are performed to semi-quantitatively estimate the service life and in-service compliance of the control rod. Since these conventional inspection methods yield subjective results, and in the process personnel receive a radiation dose, there is a need to automate this task in order to reduce personnel exposure and institute a quantitative means of inspection. The objectives of the present work were to automate this inspection task by using a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to measure bow and applying machine vision to identify pits"--Abstract, page iii.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering


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University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2005


x, 179 pages, CD-ROM


© 2005 Shreekanth Vadakattu, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Nuclear fuel rods -- Inspection
Computer vision
Measuring instruments

Thesis Number

T 8792

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