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Abstract

This report presents the results from a research programme aimed at advancing explosive demolition techniques from the present "rule of thumb art" to a more scientifically based set of procedures to achieve the degree of control which will be essential in a nuclear power station decommissioning. The research is directed mainly at the biological shields of early Magnox reactors and the prestressed concrete pressure vessels (PCPVs) of later Magnox and advanced gas cooled reactors. Relevant structures of other commercial nuclear power plants in the European Community, in particular the PCPVs of French gas graphite reactors and the biological shields of light water reactors are also considered. The bulk of the programme has been based on experiments with an extensive usage of scaled models. The programme investigated the use of buried explosive charges in cratering concrete and the use of shaped charges in stripping surface cover and drilling holes. After an initial parametric study the programme considered concrete layer stripping using multiple charges and culminated in the stripping off of an equivalent thickness of concrete, for radiation protection, from the inside walls of a complete cylindrical model of a biological shield.

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Authors: FLEISCHER C C TAYLOR WOODROW CONSTRUCTION LIMITED, SOUTHALL, MIDDLESEX (UK), TAYLOR WOODROW CONSTRUCTION LIMITED, SOUTHALL, MIDDLESEX (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9862 EN (1985) FS, 124 P., BFR 400, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
Availability: Can be ordered online
Record Number: 1989123087900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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