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This paper describes instrumentation which has been developed for analysing samples containing fission material in on-site laboratories. Robotisation has been applied to ensure high sample throughput and low occupational dose, and has been combined with an expert system for quality control purposes. A robotised glove box for input samples from reprocessing plants has been constructed and has prepared samples for isotope dilution mass spectrometric (IDMS) analysis. The glove box is divided into three compartments. In the first of these the chemical manipulations are carried out. A second compartment dispenses chemicals and contains a mixer and a hot plate. In the third compartment alpha planchettes are prepared and measured and mass spectrometry filaments are prepared. The work has provided information on the reliability and usability of the robot application and will be used in the construction of a final version for installation on-site at Sellafield.

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Authors: BRANDALISE B, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);OUGIER M, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);WELLUM R, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);WOJNOWSKI D, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);KOCH L, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);WAGNER H G, EC Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Symposium on Nuclear Material Safeguards, Wien (AT), March 14-18, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37885 ORA
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