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The present study is concerned with the recycling of copper and aluminium. It is part of a large evaluation of doses likely to affect individuals not working in the nuclear industry, during the dismantling of nuclear installations. A bibliographic study and enquiries have been carried out in the nuclear field, to evaluate quantities of slightly radioactive materials, and in the copper and aluminium recovery fields. The latter involves waste recovery, metal refining and processing, and industrial or domestic uses of the metals and their alloys. Copper and aluminium wastes arising from the dismantling of nuclear installations are mainly parts of electrical cables. The recovery of insulation material for cables, which is mainly polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is also studied. The study is based on the hypothetical situation of dismantling two PWRs per year. Estimated quantities are 200 tonnes of copper, 40 tonnes of aluminium and 500 tonnes of PVC. A special case is also investigated, which is the dismantling of a low and medium uranium enrichment plant in Pierrelatte (France), with pipework made mainly of an aluminium and magnesium alloy.

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Authors: GARBAY H, CEA, Institut de Protection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);CHAPUIS A M ET AL., CEA, Institut de Protection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13160 FR (1991) 157 pp., FS, ECU 13.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-0510-8
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