Characterization of Hanford K basin fuel and sludge: A second look

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Characterization of N Reactor metal spent fuel and associated sludge stored in the two Hanford K Basins has entered a more mature stage. Previous campaigns had consisted of top-view visual surveys of-open fuel canisters, limited collection of gas and liquid from sealed canisters, detailed examinations of only a few-fuel elements and collection of sludge from the floor of only one basin. More recent work has included lifting fuel elements from both Basins to ascertain bottom end and circumferential cracks. Sludge collection has now been performed for material residing inside of spent fuel canisters in both Basins. Finally the number of ... continued below

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Makenas, B.J. January 31, 1997.

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    Publisher Info: Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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Characterization of N Reactor metal spent fuel and associated sludge stored in the two Hanford K Basins has entered a more mature stage. Previous campaigns had consisted of top-view visual surveys of-open fuel canisters, limited collection of gas and liquid from sealed canisters, detailed examinations of only a few-fuel elements and collection of sludge from the floor of only one basin. More recent work has included lifting fuel elements from both Basins to ascertain bottom end and circumferential cracks. Sludge collection has now been performed for material residing inside of spent fuel canisters in both Basins. Finally the number of gas and liquid samples from sealed canisters has been greatly expanded leading to a maximum observed cesium-137 content ten times higher than previous reports. Characterization has been a challenge because of the age of the fuel materials, the water environment, and the radiation field.

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  • Waste Management `97, Tucson, AZ (United States), 2-7 Mar 1997

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  • Other: DE98059549
  • Report No.: WHC-SA--3136-FP
  • Report No.: CONF-970335--
  • Grant Number: AC06-96RL13200
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 325842
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc680361

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Makenas, B.J. Characterization of Hanford K basin fuel and sludge: A second look, article, January 31, 1997; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc680361/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.