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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