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Accession Number DE2013-1016589
Title Review and Ranking of NDA Techniques to Determine Plutonium Content in Spent Fuel.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 9p
Personal Author J. Cheatham J. Wagner
Abstract A number of efforts are under way to improve nondestructive assay (NDA) techniques for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) safeguard applications. These efforts have largely focused on advancing individual NDA approaches to assay plutonium content for the purpose of material accountability. Although significant improvements have been made in NDA techniques, relatively little work has been done to thoroughly and systematically compare the methods. While the content of SNF can be determined accurately with destructive assay, this technique is very costly and extremely impractical to perform at operating nuclear power facilities. NDA measurements have the potential to provide a quick alternative to destructive analysis when determining SNF isotope content for Material Control and Accountability (MC&A). To gauge the practicality and effectiveness of the various relevant NDA techniques, criteria and a ranking system have been developed. Each criterion has an associated numerical ranking to enable a quantifiable comparison of the NDA techniques relative strengths and weaknesses. The final results of this ranking process will be used to help guide the NDA research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Keywords Accountability
Background radiation
Cooling time
Fuel rods
Nondestructive analysis
Nuclear fuels
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Spent fuels

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 77I - Reactor Fuels & Fuel Processing
Corporate Author Oak Ridge National Lab., TN.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1323
Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725

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