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In all radiochemical installations, adequate precautions must be taken to minimise operator doses under normal and abnormal conditions. Research performed in ETHEL (European Tritium Handling Experimental Laboratory), presently under construction at JRC-Ispra in Italy, will employ glove-boxes, in which the atmosphere is continuously circulated through a tritium removal system, as general containments for experimental apparatus. This paper describes the glove-boxes, with particular emphasis on the safety features incorporated into their design and eventual operation. The gaseous detritiation systems serving the glove-boxes are described, together with their expected performance characteristics.

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Authors: VASSALLO G, JRC Ispra (IT);MANNONE F, JRC Ispra (IT);NEELY P, NNC Ltd., Knutsford (GB);DRINKWATER J L, Miller Howe Ltd., Watlington (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Course and Workshop on Tritium Technology, Varenna (IT), June 6-16, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34928 ORA
Record Number: 199011557 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en