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Title: Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box

Abstract

The Casting Laboratory (CL) alpha glove box was used to melt and cast metallic uranium and plutonium fuels as part of the Department of Energy`s Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. This highly contaminated alpha glove box was decontaminated and reconditioned to allow a change in mission. The goal of reconditioning was to install experimental apparatus and to improve contamination control prior to introducing plutonium-238 into the CL glove box. Construction of a glove box containment structure and an increase in room ventilation were required. A temporary breathing air station was provided for personnel protection as well as personnel comfort. The historical contamination levels, the decontamination techniques, and the results of decontamination also are presented. The health physics aspects of the CL alpha glove box project may be applicable to other glove box refurbishment or decommissioning projects.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
563171
Report Number(s):
ANL/RA/CP-94686; CONF-980203-
ON: DE98050505; TRN: 98:002538
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1998 Health Physics Society midyear topical meeting, Mobile, AL (United States), 8-11 Feb 1998; Other Information: PBD: [1998]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; GLOVEBOXES; DECONTAMINATION; MODIFICATIONS; RADIATION PROTECTION; FUEL FABRICATION PLANTS; PLUTONIUM 238; CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Poston, Jr, J W, and Burke, L L. Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Poston, Jr, J W, & Burke, L L. Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box. United States.
Poston, Jr, J W, and Burke, L L. Thu . "Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/563171.
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abstractNote = {The Casting Laboratory (CL) alpha glove box was used to melt and cast metallic uranium and plutonium fuels as part of the Department of Energy`s Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. This highly contaminated alpha glove box was decontaminated and reconditioned to allow a change in mission. The goal of reconditioning was to install experimental apparatus and to improve contamination control prior to introducing plutonium-238 into the CL glove box. Construction of a glove box containment structure and an increase in room ventilation were required. A temporary breathing air station was provided for personnel protection as well as personnel comfort. The historical contamination levels, the decontamination techniques, and the results of decontamination also are presented. The health physics aspects of the CL alpha glove box project may be applicable to other glove box refurbishment or decommissioning projects.},
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