Remote handling project for ITER, UK (Deadline: 11 March 2010)

12 February 2010

The work for this agreement could include the design of remote systems such as force feed back manipulators, transportation devices, cutting tools, welding tools, non destructive inspection devices, cameras, and handling tooling. This equipment will operate in a radioactive environment typical lifetime dose 50 kGy at an operational dose rate 1Gy hr without recourse to manual intervention or recovery.

Contact:

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Science Centre, Contact: Contracts Manager, Attn: Lesley Hotchin, Abingdon OX14 3DB, UNITED KINGDOM. Tel. +44 1235466510. E-mail: lesley.hotchin@ccfe.ac.uk. Fax +44 1235466648.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy CCFE is a major centre for fusion research with the construction of extensive facilities to confine and study the behaviour of plasma in conditions and dimensions approaching those required in a fusion reactor. As part of the UKs domestic programme, CCFE undertakes design studies of fusion engineering systems to be built for the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor ITER project, of which the UK is a member via Euratom. CCFE is seeking to enter into a 3 year single supplier framework agreement for the development of Remote Handling RH design solutions in support of ongoing design commitments to the ITER project.

The work for this agreement could include the design of remote systems such as force feed back manipulators, transportation devices, cutting tools, welding tools, non destructive inspection devices, cameras, and handling tooling. This equipment will operate in a radioactive environment typical lifetime dose 50 kGy at an operational dose rate 1Gy hr without recourse to manual intervention or recovery.

The Remote Handling Design Framework shall require the contractor to understand and adopt fusion principles, and conform to the ITER remote handling code of practice and management system in their designs.

Originate or develop concepts for the remote handling of various ITER systems, including interfacing with and utilising existing designs, equipment and systems.

Wherever possible utilise specific equipment components already available and proven in industry. In areas where critical technologies are unproven in this environment the contractor should develop proposals for the testing and demonstrating the proposed systems.

Take RH designs to the specified maturity level concept, scheme or build to print, incorporate the required functionality and comply with statutory requirements, international codes standards and any nuclear fusion specific standards necessary to meet the demanding environment.

Provide lead engineer resources that are of Chartered Engineer status or equivalent as well as technical and drawing office support with suitable competency level commensurate with the complexity of the work being undertaken. These resources should be in house with a proven track record in remote handling.


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