Characterization of radioactive contamination inside pipes with the Pipe Explorer{trademark} system

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The objective for the development of the Pipe Explorer{trademark} radiological characterization system is to achieve a cost effective, low risk means of characterizing gamma radioactivity on the inside surface of pipes. The unique feature of this inspection system is the use of a pneumatically inflated impermeable membrane which transports the detector into the pipe as it inverts. The membrane`s internal air pressure tows the detector and tether through the pipe. This mechanism isolates the detector and its cabling from the contaminated surface, yet allows measurement of radioactive emissions which can readily penetrate the thin plastic membrane material (such as gamma ... continued below

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Lowry, W. December 31, 1994.

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The objective for the development of the Pipe Explorer{trademark} radiological characterization system is to achieve a cost effective, low risk means of characterizing gamma radioactivity on the inside surface of pipes. The unique feature of this inspection system is the use of a pneumatically inflated impermeable membrane which transports the detector into the pipe as it inverts. The membrane`s internal air pressure tows the detector and tether through the pipe. This mechanism isolates the detector and its cabling from the contaminated surface, yet allows measurement of radioactive emissions which can readily penetrate the thin plastic membrane material (such as gamma and high energy beta emissions). In Phase 1, an initial survey of DOE facilities was conducted to determine the physical and radiological characteristics of piping systems. The inverting membrane deployment system was designed and extensively tested in the laboratory. A range of membrane materials was tested to evaluate their ruggedness and deployment characteristics. Two different sizes of gamma scintillation detectors were procured and tested with calibrated sources. Radiation transport modeling evaluated the measurement system`s sensitivity to detector position relative to the contaminated surface, the distribution of the contamination, background gamma levels, and gamma source energy levels. In the culmination of Phase 1, a field demonstration was conducted at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory`s Idaho Chemical Processing Plant. The project is currently in transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2, where more extensive demonstrations will occur at several sites. Results to date are discussed.

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  • Opportunity 95: environmental technology through small business, Morgantown, WV (United States), 16-17 Nov 1994

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  • Other: DE95007973
  • Report No.: DOE/MC/30172--95/C0433
  • Report No.: CONF-9411149--19
  • Grant Number: AC21-93MC30172
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 28251
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc668772

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Lowry, W. Characterization of radioactive contamination inside pipes with the Pipe Explorer{trademark} system, article, December 31, 1994; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc668772/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.