Remotely operated plasma torch: a tool for nuclear reactor dismantling

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From winter meeting of American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Detroit, Michigan, USA (11 Nov 1973). The Elk River Reactor facility is being dismantled in order to return the site to unrestricted use. The highly radioactive components -- the reactor internals, the pressure vessel, and the outer thermal shield -- have been cut up and shipped to a burial ground. Approximately 10,000 Ci of radioactive metal was removed without significant release of activity and without any overexposure to personnel. The dismantling was accomplished with a remotely operated plasma torch system. The design of the system, the results obtained, and evaluation of ... continued below

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Beckers, R.M.; Blumberg, R. & Wodtke, C.H. January 1, 1973.

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From winter meeting of American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Detroit, Michigan, USA (11 Nov 1973). The Elk River Reactor facility is being dismantled in order to return the site to unrestricted use. The highly radioactive components -- the reactor internals, the pressure vessel, and the outer thermal shield -- have been cut up and shipped to a burial ground. Approximately 10,000 Ci of radioactive metal was removed without significant release of activity and without any overexposure to personnel. The dismantling was accomplished with a remotely operated plasma torch system. The design of the system, the results obtained, and evaluation of this technology are given. (6 references) (auth)

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Beckers, R.M.; Blumberg, R. & Wodtke, C.H. Remotely operated plasma torch: a tool for nuclear reactor dismantling, article, January 1, 1973; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1019005/: accessed March 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.