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The use of tritium as a basic fuel material in a thermonuclear fusion reactor raises particular safety issues due to the combined effects of its physico-chemical properties and radioactive nature. The aim of this publication is to illustrate the most prominent safety related aspects associated with the safe operation, maintenance and experimental utilisation of a tritium handling facility. Apart from the need for safe and reliable systems for tritium containment, monitoring and storage, particular attention is devoted to problems linked with tritium-material interaction and tritium processing, according to the different options applicable both to tritium handling laboratories and future fusion devices. Selected topics such as biological hazard, dosimetry, radiological protection and environmental safety are reviewed with particular attention given to implications for operators and the general public. Finally, outstanding experience gained during the recent JET operation and from many years of tritiated facilities' dismantling at the CEN-Valduc are illustrated.

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Authors: MANNONE F (EDITOR), JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15144 EN (1993) 236 pp.
Availability: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-2511-7
Record Number: 199311423 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en