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Title: Development of a Remotely Maintained, High Temperature Vacuum Extraction Furnace for the Tritium Extraction Facility

Development of a Remotely Maintained, High Temperature Vacuum Extraction Furnace for the Tritium Extraction Facility Future production of tritium for use in US nuclear weapons will be accomplished by irradiation of Tritium Producing Burnable Absorber Rods (TPBARs) in a pressurized water reactor (PWR). The TPBARs will be subsequently shipped to the Tritium Extraction Facility (TEF) for processing. The TPBAR outside tube and end fittings are constructed of stainless steel, and become activated during irradiation. In order to allow workers to safely process the irradiated TPBARs, remote handling is being planned for the TEF. A key step in the tritium extraction process is the removal of the tritium from the TPBARs in a high temperature, vacuum extraction process.
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OSTI Identifier:774481
Report Number(s):WSRC-MS-2000-00516
TRN: US0100898
DOE Contract Number:AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:Conference
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Resource Relation:Conference: 9th Topical Meeting on Robotics and Remote Systems, Seattle, WA (US), 03/04/2001--03/08/2001; Other Information: PBD: 6 Feb 2001
Research Org:Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org:US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; VACUUM FURNACES; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; STAINLESS STEELS; TRITIUM; EXTRACTION; FUEL REPROCESSING PLANTS; DESIGN