A prototype AM meter design, shown here at the South Korea AMM exhibition, is shown at the International AMM Workshop at the U.S. National Museum of History and Industry in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2021.
The project, a $3.4 million, seven-phase AM meter project to demonstrate the feasibility of a small-scale prototype AM system, is being built by Korea AM.
Credit: U.K. Ministry of Defence via Reuters In a video posted on Instagram, South Korea’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that it was developing an AM meter that could detect chemical, biological, radiological, radionuclide, and other radiological hazards in a real-time environment.
The AM meter is being developed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIIT), a Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), and the Korea Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (KAISTAC), which will build it, according to the video.
The project will require a $300,000 loan from the MoD, which will be used to cover the project’s development costs.
The first phase of the project, which is to begin by 2022, will include three prototype AMs with a total mass of over 30 kg, according the ministry.
In total, about 4,000 tons of the prototype AM are expected to be built.
The next phase will include about 20 prototypes, each with a mass of between 15 and 30 kg and a total volume of 1.8 million cubic meters, according a statement from the ministry, which added that each prototype will have an internal operating temperature of -2 °C (minus 7 °C), a maximum operating pressure of 2.3 bar (4.7 psi), and a maximum speed of 20 m/s (67 mph).
The MoD also said that a second phase of this AM meter, with more AMs and a much more advanced system, will be built in 2024.
A prototype AM was also seen on display at the 2020 Seoul AMM, which was the first time AM meters were shown on public display in the country.
The MoST, which handles the loan, said it will spend $2.7 billion to complete the AM meter system, which it said would be used for the detection of radionectre emissions from nuclear power plants and for the control of the spread of radiological agents, and also as an alternative to radiological waste disposal.