A low tritium hydride bed inventory estimation technique
Low tritium hydride beds were developed and deployed into tritium service in Savannah River Site. Process beds to be used for low concentration tritium gas were not fitted with instrumentation to perform the steady-state, flowing gas calorimetric inventory measurement method. Low tritium beds contain less than the detection limit of the IBA (In-Bed Accountability) technique used for tritium inventory. This paper describes two techniques for estimating tritium content and uncertainty for low tritium content beds to be used in the facility's physical inventory (PI). PI are performed periodically to assess the quantity of nuclear material used in a facility. The first approach (Mid-point approximation method - MPA) assumes the bed is half-full and uses a gas composition measurement to estimate the tritium inventory and uncertainty. The second approach utilizes the bed's hydride material pressure-composition-temperature (PCT) properties and a gas composition measurement to reduce the uncertainty in the calculated bed inventory.
- Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC (United States)
- Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Aiken, SC (United States)
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- Journal Name: Fusion Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: TRITIUM 2013: 10. International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology, Nice Acropolis (France), 21-25 Oct 2013; Other Information: Country of input: France; 5 refs.
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- United States
- 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; ACCOUNTING; APPROXIMATIONS; CALORIMETRY; HYDRIDES; HYDROGEN TRITIDE; INVENTORIES; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; TRITIUM