Australia / Ansto Scientists Say New Device Has Benefits For Reactor Decommissioning

By David Dalton
12 November 2020

Ansto Scientists Say New Device Has Benefits For Reactor Decommissioning
A team of Australian scientists have created a new portable device that can pinpoint the exact location of radiation sources, faster and more accurately than ever before, with potential benefits for the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities.

The Coris360, which was designed, developed and is being commercialised by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto), produces fast, precise and high-quality 360-degree images that identify the location, type and amount of radiation in an area.

The brand-new technology has enormous potential in a range of fields including national security, customs, decommissioning of old reactors and nuclear operations.

Acting Ansto chief executive officer Shaun Jenkinson said there are many Australian industries that can benefit from Coris360, including mining and minerals, health, border security and defence, and the wider nuclear industry globally.

The device is the brainchild of Dr David Boardman, principal scientist and chief technology officer in Ansto’s detection and imaging division.

He said Coriso360 works by harnessing compressed sensing technology, which is comparable to directly taking a compressed photo with a camera, rather than taking a photo and then using JPEG compression to reduce the file size.

“This technology has never been applied to nuclear safety before. By using compressed sensing technology, we can work faster, creating a safer operating environment for workers,” Dr Boardman said.

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