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Abstract

The International Atomic Energy Agency (Agency) and the EURATOM Safeguards Directorate (EURATOM) are responsible for the application of safeguards to nuclear materials in their Member States. As an integral part of these activities, EURATOM and the Agency carry out measurements on nuclear materials employing destructive and non-destructive assays. This entails frequent transport of small amounts of nuclear materials from a facility of a Member State to the laboratories of EURATOM or the Agency and vice versa. The administration of this transport is an important parameter for judging the effectiveness of the safeguards systems. Failure or undue delays in transport can adversely affect safeguards activities: - Non-destructive measurements are increasingly carried out at the facility. For such measurements it is sometimes necessary to have working reference materials and often specific reference materials have to be provided for individual inspections. - Destructive assay involves the shipment of representative samples of the material to the analytical laboratories of EURATOM and the Agency. Delay in transport can be detrimental to the usefulness of this verification procedure, as changes of the sample affecting adversely its representativeness may occur, and or the analysis results may not be available on time. However, both the Agency and EURATOM have in the past experienced frequent delays in the transport of safeguards samples. This paper deals with the sources of delays, a new approach for accelerating transport and the preliminary results of implementing this new approach.

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Authors: CELANT M JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY) WENZEL U IAEA, WIEN (AUSTRIA) WAGNER H CEC LUXEMBOURG , JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);IAEA, WIEN (AUSTRIA);CEC LUXEMBOURG
Bibliographic Reference: PATRAM '86 (PACKAGING AND TRANSPORT OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS), DAVOS (SWITZERLAND), JUNE 16-20, 1986 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32819 ORA
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