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Image caption Chris Irwin and the tool produced from can openers along with a scrapped car’s handbrake

The handbrake from the scrapped 1968 Ford Cortina has been utilized to create a tool for surveying within a nuclear reactor.

Can opener parts were also used to help make the device, that was fitted having a camera and folded into limited spaces of Dounreay’s Prototype Fast Reactor.

Chris Irwin, a senior design engineer, designed the reduced-cost invention.

The PFR is one kind of regions of the Caithness nuclear power site being decommissioned for around countless pounds.

Mr Irwin’s idea for any device to visit within the reactor to create surveys found him while creating a snack.

Can of beans

He stated: “I had been opening a can of beans both at home and realized the cutting wheel of the can opener was precisely what was needed to help make the needed gemstone formed wheel.

“I purchased four of these and required the wheels off.

“Your camera must be led over obstacles inside the reactor, therefore we realized the incremental nature from the clicks a handbrake will give us the actual control that people needed.”

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Image caption The handbrake from the Ford Cortina was utilized to assist steer your camera

Staff at Dounreay are often challenged to locate cheap methods for enhancing the decommissioning work on the guarana plant near Thurso.

Previous innovations have incorporated utilizing a silver ironing board cover along with a duvet to create a hood to insulate and safeguard a automatic camera created to explore pipes within the Dounreay Fast Reactor.

Card board tubes inside rolls of sponges happen to be utilized as an answer to a problem operating a piece of equipment used to treat radioactive waste at the plant.

Along with a design engineer at Dounreay used the castors off their own family room couch to stop a machine dubbed the “hedgehog” from toppling over.

The unit was created to probe radioactivity levels and shoot video within the PFR.

In tests, the unit stored toppling over when turning corners.

However, senior design engineer Calder Bain used the castors to stabilise the “hedgehog”.

Sticky putty and household cleaners are also accustomed to overcome complex problems previously.

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