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Title: Shielding analysis of glove boxes for handling of plutonium materials

Abstract

The end of the Cold War has led the U.S. Department of Energy to adopt new programs for the management of excess plutonium materials. The programs center on placing plutonium is safe, long-term storage (50 yr) prior to final disposition. Before the plutonium can be placed in storage, materials will have to be stabilized and repackaged. Savannah River site (SRS) is pursuing the design of facilities for the stabilization of plutonium materials. Plutonium handling is to be performed in airtight glove boxes or similar enclosures. Glove boxes will incorporate radiation shielding for the protection of operators. This paper addresses the shielding configuration of the glove boxes and protection of operating personnel from external radiation. Shielding analysis of the glove boxes included (a) identification of plutonium source terms; (b) analysis of extremity exposures, which pertains to workers hands and forearms exposure; (c) shielding analysis, which includes shielding windows (transparent shielding) and glove-box walls; and (d) measures to enhance the radiological design of the enclosures.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
436973
Report Number(s):
CONF-9606116-
Journal ID: TANSAO; ISSN 0003-018X; TRN: 96:005275-0211
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 74; Conference: Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Reno, NV (United States), 16-20 Jun 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; 05 NUCLEAR FUELS; SHIELDING; DESIGN; SOURCE TERMS; A CODES; GLOVEBOXES; PERSONNEL; PLUTONIUM; RADIATION PROTECTION; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; NEUTRONS; GAMMA RADIATION; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT

Citation Formats

Rainisch, R. Shielding analysis of glove boxes for handling of plutonium materials. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Rainisch, R. Shielding analysis of glove boxes for handling of plutonium materials. United States.
Rainisch, R. Tue . "Shielding analysis of glove boxes for handling of plutonium materials". United States.
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