The level of hazard for all radioactive nuclear waste diminishes with time, so to protect public health and the environment it’s important to construct containers that won’t fall apart as they age. In order to develop a measurement system to provide insight on long-term nuclear storage, ProtoRhino researched copper cracking mechanisms using FlexRIO and LabVIEW.
ProtoRhino used FlexRIO and LabVIEW to measure the mechanics of copper cracking under stress in a millisecond timescale. The nuclear waste containers must last 10,000 years and retain their integrity under geological stress and corrosion. LabVIEW was used to program the FPGA. The FlexRIO was used for image processing and the collection of data generated from testing the copper’s deformation under stress. By monitoring the cracks in the copper, ProtoRhino may soon be able to find a safe nuclear waste container, which is key to environmental protection and pollution prevention.