Bagless Transfer at the Savannah River Site (U)

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Traditional methods of removing plutonium from process gloveboxes in preparation for packaging involves the use of bagout procedures utilizing plastic bags, an organic material not allowed in storage containers per the new DOE 3013 long term storage criteria. Engineers at the Savannah River Site have developed a system for removing plutonium from a glovebox directly into an all metal, welded, leaktight container free of external contamination. The process, known as bagless transfer, utilizes a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding process to fuse and separate a transfer canister from the glovebox environment while maintaining glovebox and canister integrity. A semi-automated prototype ... continued below

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Rogers, L. November 1, 1996.

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Traditional methods of removing plutonium from process gloveboxes in preparation for packaging involves the use of bagout procedures utilizing plastic bags, an organic material not allowed in storage containers per the new DOE 3013 long term storage criteria. Engineers at the Savannah River Site have developed a system for removing plutonium from a glovebox directly into an all metal, welded, leaktight container free of external contamination. The process, known as bagless transfer, utilizes a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding process to fuse and separate a transfer canister from the glovebox environment while maintaining glovebox and canister integrity. A semi-automated prototype system has been demonstrated at the Savannah River Site and engineers are making preparations to demonstrate the system in radioactive operation in the site`s FB Line Plutonium Facility.

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  • 7. American Nuclear Society topical meeting on robotics and remote systems, Augusta, GA (United States), 27 Apr - 1 May 1997

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  • Other: DE97008841
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--96-0734
  • Report No.: CONF-970464--
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 622814
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697102

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Rogers, L. Bagless Transfer at the Savannah River Site (U), article, November 1, 1996; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697102/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.