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Title: A shielded storage and processing facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generator heat source production

Abstract

A shielded storage rack has been installed as part of the Radioisotope Power Systems Facility (RPSF) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington State. The RPSF is designed to replace an existing facility at DOE's Mound Site near Dayton, Ohio, where General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules are currently assembled and installed into Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG). The overall design goal of the RPSF is to increase annual production throughput, while at the same time reducing annual radiation exposure to personnel. The shield rack design successfully achieved this goal for the Module Reduction and Monitoring Facility (MRMF), which processes and stores assembled GPHS modules, prior to their installation into RTGs. The shield rack design is simple and effective, with the result that background radiation levels within Hanford's MRMF room are calculated at just over three percent of those typically experienced during operation of the existing MRMF at Mound, despite the fact that Hanford's calculations assume five times the GPHS inventory of that assumed for Mound.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Westinghouse Hanford Company, P.O. Box 1970, Mail Stop N1-42, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6800487
Report Number(s):
CONF-930103-
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X; CODEN: APCPCS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics); (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 271:2; Conference: 10. symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 10-14 Jan 1993; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 42 ENGINEERING; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; ISOTOPE PRODUCTION; STORAGE FACILITIES; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; DESIGN; INSPECTION; MANUFACTURING; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOISOTOPE HEAT SOURCES; SHIELDING; TESTING; THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; HEAT SOURCES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 220600* - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Research, Test & Experimental Reactors; 420203 - Engineering- Handling Equipment & Procedures; 400703 - Radiochemistry & Nuclear Chemistry- Radioisotope Production

Citation Formats

Sherrell, D L. A shielded storage and processing facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generator heat source production. United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.1063/1.43198.
Sherrell, D L. A shielded storage and processing facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generator heat source production. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.43198
Sherrell, D L. 1993. "A shielded storage and processing facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generator heat source production". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.43198.
@article{osti_6800487,
title = {A shielded storage and processing facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generator heat source production},
author = {Sherrell, D L},
abstractNote = {A shielded storage rack has been installed as part of the Radioisotope Power Systems Facility (RPSF) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington State. The RPSF is designed to replace an existing facility at DOE's Mound Site near Dayton, Ohio, where General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules are currently assembled and installed into Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG). The overall design goal of the RPSF is to increase annual production throughput, while at the same time reducing annual radiation exposure to personnel. The shield rack design successfully achieved this goal for the Module Reduction and Monitoring Facility (MRMF), which processes and stores assembled GPHS modules, prior to their installation into RTGs. The shield rack design is simple and effective, with the result that background radiation levels within Hanford's MRMF room are calculated at just over three percent of those typically experienced during operation of the existing MRMF at Mound, despite the fact that Hanford's calculations assume five times the GPHS inventory of that assumed for Mound.},
doi = {10.1063/1.43198},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6800487}, journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics); (United States)},
issn = {0094-243X},
number = ,
volume = 271:2,
place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {1}
}

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