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A robotised system has been mounted in a glovebox for the preparation of safeguards samples. The advantages of this approach lie in the high sample throughput, the associated low operator dose and the secure transmission of measured values. The glovebox was designed to prevent the robot mechanism being degraded by an acidic atmosphere. The integration of the robot with an expert system allows the measured U and Pu concentrations from alpha spectrometry to be utilised to optimise the amount deposited on the mass spectrometry filaments for subsequent analysis by IDMS. Product U and Pu oxides and nitrates are handled with a similar robot in a second glovebox. Non-destructive methods are used for all samples with a robot-assisted automatic titrator for the potentiometric determination of a sub-set of the samples.

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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, European Commission, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IAEA Symposium on International Safeguards, Wien (AT), March 14-18, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38133 ORA
Record Number: 199410301 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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