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Transmutation and incineration is one of several options being considered for the handling of actinides following their separation from spent nuclear fuel. The fabrication processes for such irradiation targets should be compatible with automation and remote handling to minimize operator intervention. Furthermore, radioactive dust production should be negligible. Sol-gel and infiltration of radioactive materials (INRAM) are two methods meeting these requirements. The sol-gel process has been used to prepare (U(0.96)Pu(0.02)Am(0.02))O(2) pellets, and the INRAM technique for spinel (MgAl(2)O(4)) pellets containing 10% Am and 3% Pu. The fabrication routes and the characteristics of the products obtained are described and compared.

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Authors: FERNÁNDEZ A ET AL, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: CIMTEC 98, World Congress on Ceramics, Firenze (IT), 14-19 June 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41391 ORA
Record Number: 199810781 / Last updated on: 1998-07-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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