skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: ESTIMATING IMPURITIES IN SURPLUS PLUTONIUM FOR DISPOSITION

Abstract

The United States holds at least 61.5 metric tons (MT) of plutonium that is permanently excess to use in nuclear weapons programs, including 47.2 MT of weapons-grade plutonium. Surplus inventories will be stored safely by the Department of Energy (DOE) and then transferred to facilities that will prepare the plutonium for permanent disposition. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) operates a Feed Characterization program for the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition of the National Nuclear Security Administration and the DOE Office of Environmental Management. Many of the items that require disposition are only partially characterized, and SRNL uses a variety of techniques to predict the isotopic and chemical properties that are important for processing through the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility and alternative disposition paths. Recent advances in laboratory tools, including Prompt Gamma Analysis and Peroxide Fusion treatment, provide data on the existing inventories that will enable disposition without additional, costly sampling and destructive analysis.

Authors:
;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SRS
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1084444
Report Number(s):
SRNL-STI-2013-00376
TRN: US1300079
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Institute of Nuclear Materials Management 54th Annual Meeting
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Allender, J., and Moore, E. ESTIMATING IMPURITIES IN SURPLUS PLUTONIUM FOR DISPOSITION. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Allender, J., & Moore, E. ESTIMATING IMPURITIES IN SURPLUS PLUTONIUM FOR DISPOSITION. United States.
Allender, J., and Moore, E. Wed . "ESTIMATING IMPURITIES IN SURPLUS PLUTONIUM FOR DISPOSITION". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1084444.
@article{osti_1084444,
title = {ESTIMATING IMPURITIES IN SURPLUS PLUTONIUM FOR DISPOSITION},
author = {Allender, J. and Moore, E.},
abstractNote = {The United States holds at least 61.5 metric tons (MT) of plutonium that is permanently excess to use in nuclear weapons programs, including 47.2 MT of weapons-grade plutonium. Surplus inventories will be stored safely by the Department of Energy (DOE) and then transferred to facilities that will prepare the plutonium for permanent disposition. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) operates a Feed Characterization program for the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition of the National Nuclear Security Administration and the DOE Office of Environmental Management. Many of the items that require disposition are only partially characterized, and SRNL uses a variety of techniques to predict the isotopic and chemical properties that are important for processing through the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility and alternative disposition paths. Recent advances in laboratory tools, including Prompt Gamma Analysis and Peroxide Fusion treatment, provide data on the existing inventories that will enable disposition without additional, costly sampling and destructive analysis.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2013},
month = {Wed Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2013}
}

Conference:
Other availability
Please see Document Availability for additional information on obtaining the full-text document. Library patrons may search WorldCat to identify libraries that hold this conference proceeding.

Save / Share: