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Waste hulls from the reprocessing of irradiated fuel constitute high-level waste, because they contain activation products and may also be contaminated with transuranium elements. At the La Hague plant in France, direct cementation is the technique currently used to process Zircaloy hulls from light water reactors. However, approval for the cementation process was only granted for a five year period. The operator of the plant, Cogema, was instructed to investigate other conditioning techniques; research is therefore now being carried out into the two most promising alternatives, fusion and compaction. The subject of this report is a technique developed at Marcoule, based on fusion by direct induction in a cold crucible.

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Authors: PICCINATO R, CEA, CEN Valrho, Bagnols-sur-Cèze (FR);RUTY J P, CEA, CEN Valrho, Bagnols-sur-Cèze (FR);CARABALLO R, CEA, CEN Valrho, Bagnols-sur-Cèze (FR);JACQUET-FRANCILLON N, CEA, CEN Valrho, Bagnols-sur-Cèze (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14569 FR (1993) 157 pp., FS, ECU 16.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-5202-5
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