Actinide Monitoring, 1992-1994Project ID: 2495
Actinide Monitoring, 1992-1994
Total cost:Not available
EU contribution:Not available
Development, application and standardisation of quality testing for radioactive waste.
The project involves the development, application and standardization of quality testing for radioactive waste. The time correlation analyses (TCA) for measurement of plutonium contents in 220 I drums has been assessed to the lowest detectable limits with new methods. The application of the TCA for bulk plutonium quantities was investigated (dead line effects elimination). For an in plant waste drum measurement campaign, the system has been transferred and installed in fuel fabrication plant.
Progress to end 1991
The Time Correlation Analyses (TCA) for measurement of Pu contents in 220 l drums has been assessed to the lowest detectable limits with new methods (patent).
The application of the TCA for bulk Pu quantities was investigated (dead line effects elimination).
For an in plant waste drum measurement campaign the system has been transferred and installed in the Siemens MOX fuel fabrication plant at Hanau on request of the Luxembourg Safeguards Authority (DCS).
Detailed description of work foreseen in 1992 (expected results)
Description of work foreseen in the 1992-94 period :
- Elaboration of plant operator suitable software for the TCA-Pu measurement system.
- Experimentation with lead shielded detector modules and sensitivity studies of various synthetic waste matrices and sizes.
- Adaptable of active neutron measurement devices for U determination in waste drums (also in presence of gamma radiation).
- Preparation of facilities able to handle and to prepare representative large scale waste packages of different chemical and physical nature and composition for assistance and training off staff involved in regulatory control in nuclear material movement (e.g. across frontiers)
Short description of evolution of work in 1993
- continue instrument and systems development of QC of fissile material in waste.
- bring the required nuclear installations to full operational level.