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This paper describes the facilities at the alpha, gamma-Hot Cell Facility of the European Institute for Transuranium Elements, one of the largest inert atmosphere facilities in Europe. Non-destructive examinations are carried out on full length fuel rods (up to 4.50 m long). The radiometallurgy laboratory performs non-destructive examination of fuel pins and capsules, and microstructure analysis of fuels, using gamma-spectrometry and gamma-scanning, X-ray radiography, eddy current testings, fuel rod puncturing and filling as analysis. Microstructural examination of active specimens is possible using remote controlled optical microscopes (Reichert) and a shielded scanning electron microscope, quantitative determination of fissile and fission products can be carried out by electron microprobe analysis. The radiochemistry laboratory is equipped for the preparation and analysis of fuel samples. Recently leaching test equipment (soxhlets and autoclaves) has been developed for waste form evaluation).

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Authors: COQUERELLE M, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented : ENS Class 1 Topical Meeting on Research Facilities for the Future of Nuclear Energy, Bruxelles (BE), June 4-6, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39898 ORA
Record Number: 199610903 / Last updated on: 1996-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en