Developing modular robots for inspection and characterization.
At TRIC Robotics we focus on the remote exploration of unsafe and unreachable spaces. Using our multi-use, multi-functional robot platform customers can safely capture video, sensor data, and a wide range of geospatial information.
Over five years of experience in robot design and development with a passion for functional design and entrepreneurship.
My background is a balanced blend of engineering and design. Currently I am a Ph.D student in Robotics at the University of Delaware. I truly enjoy the art of design and unique product creation. Simplicity and practicality have been a motivating theme in many of my ideas. From a young age I have been fascinated with gadgets (one of my favorites being gyroscopes). I took the magic of gyroscopes and brought it to spinning tops to create an entirely new and interactive levitating experience!
I currently am the founder of a small robotics company in the Delaware area called TRIC Robotics which was a formation of my research at the University of Delaware. Also, last year my brother (Zac Stager) and I created The Chirping Bird Whistle, a 3D printed concept water whistle which has flown all over the country to buyers, music lovers and gadget lovers alike.
TRIC Robotics addresses the problem of remote inspection and in-situ nuclear characterization of active and decommissioned nuclear power plants, research facilities, and spent fuel storage tanks. Neglect maintaining these high risk sites could lead to environmental catastrophe affecting plants and animals over thousands of acres.
By providing a solution for proper inspection and characterization we hope to reduce risk and improve safety involving the nuclear industry. Specifically TRIC is a modular, backpack portable, robust (even throwable) robotic platform with a modularly expandable and replaceable suite of sensors for radiation detection, inspection, mapping and navigation.
Practically, TRIC can be outfitted for use in many situations. It can be used to generate radiation “heat maps” so that humans know where to avoid high risk areas after a plant is shut down. By collecting this information over time we can better understand how the environmental landscape evolves after decommissioning and make more informed decisions on future decommissioning projects. In parallel with radiation detection on-board cameras can systematically inspect the structure of the plant to ensure the buildings integrity remains over the 50+ year waiting period before final plant disassembly. As the robot incurs radiation over time, its sensors eventually degrade and the robot or its affected sensors can be replaced. In situations of extremely high radiation like underground waste storage tanks TRIC can be used a disposable mobile sensor.
We have built a network of people across the country from companies like Exelon Corporation in Delaware, to National Laboratories in Savannah River, SC and Los Alamos, NM. By learning from people with experience working in the nuclear industry and even on-boarding a person with such experience on our team we have learned about the problems they face. From the collective information we gathered over the course of an NSF funded program focusing on customer discover, we have responded by developing a functional prototype.
Moving forward we want to work closely with Los Alamos to do testing on sensor degradation and develop easily mounted sensor packages for TRIC. The combination of modularity and sensor degradation makes our business sustainable and benefits the users by reducing replacement/inspection costs. We look forward to making this technology commercializable and making a positive impact within the nuclear industry.
TRIC EARLY PROTOTYPE
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Before starting TRIC Robotics LLC some of our early work developing small legged robots motivated the project
AMAZING THINGS ADAM HAS MADE
I designed and programmed TRIC. TRIC includes a standalone on-board computer running Ubuntu and interfaces its sensors using ROS. One interesting feature that uses new technology is a stereoscopic camera module allowing TRIC to be tele-operated in a 3D first person view.