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Description: This image shows the process of deconsolidation of fuel compact. The Nuclear Materials Characterization Department (NMCD) provides post-irradiation examination (PIE) capabilities for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel testing. After irradiated fuel is received and logged into the sample management database, samples of the fuel are taken to the hot cells to be dissolved. The dissolved samples are then diluted and can be sent through a number of different analyzing processes. Any of the original sample that remained as a solid is put through a centrifuge, cleaned, dissolved more thoroughly, and re-analyzed.
Keywords: radiochemistry • fuel • compact • reactor • irradiation • advanced gas reactor • post-irradiation examination • AGR • PIE • image
Categories: Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Testing, analysis & experimentation
Created by: Idaho National Laboratory
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Date created: 27 April 2009
Date added: 31 March 2011
Resource ID: 3601