Autoradiographic Technique for Rapid Inventory of Plutonium-Containing Fast Critical Assembly Fuel

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A nondestructive autoradiographic technique is described which can provide a verification of the piece count and the plutonium content of plutonium-containing fuel elements. This technique uses the spontaneously emitted gamma rays from plutonium to form images of fuel elements on photographic film. Autoradiography has the advantage of providing an inventory verification without the opening of containers or the handling of fuel elements. Missing fuel elements, substitution of nonradioactive material, and substitution of elements of different size are detectable. Results are presented for fuel elements in various storage configurations and for fuel elements contained in a fast critical assembly.

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Brumbach, S. B. & Perry, R. B. October 1977.

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  • Main Title: Autoradiographic Technique for Rapid Inventory of Plutonium-Containing Fast Critical Assembly Fuel
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  • Added Title: Argonne National Laboratory Report ANL-77-67
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A nondestructive autoradiographic technique is described which can provide a verification of the piece count and the plutonium content of plutonium-containing fuel elements. This technique uses the spontaneously emitted gamma rays from plutonium to form images of fuel elements on photographic film. Autoradiography has the advantage of providing an inventory verification without the opening of containers or the handling of fuel elements. Missing fuel elements, substitution of nonradioactive material, and substitution of elements of different size are detectable. Results are presented for fuel elements in various storage configurations and for fuel elements contained in a fast critical assembly.

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24 p. : tables, ill.

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Brumbach, S. B. & Perry, R. B. Autoradiographic Technique for Rapid Inventory of Plutonium-Containing Fast Critical Assembly Fuel, report, October 1977; Argonne, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc283242/: accessed July 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.