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Title: Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Project No. 02 103 Innovative Low Cost Approaches to Automating QA/QC of Fuel Particle Production Using On Line Nondestructive Methods for Higher Reliability Final Project Report

Abstract

This Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) project was tasked with exploring, adapting, developing and demonstrating innovative nondestructive test methods to automate nuclear coated particle fuel inspection so as to provide the United States (US) with necessary improved and economical Quality Assurance and Control (QA/QC) that is needed for the fuels for several reactor concepts being proposed for both near term deployment [DOE NE & NERAC, 2001] and Generation IV nuclear systems. Replacing present day QA/QC methods, done manually and in many cases destructively, with higher speed automated nondestructive methods will make fuel production for advanced reactors economically feasible. For successful deployment of next generation reactors that employ particle fuels, or fuels in the form of pebbles based on particles, extremely large numbers of fuel particles will require inspection at throughput rates that do not significantly impact the proposed manufacturing processes. The focus of the project is nondestructive examination (NDE) technologies that can be automated for production speeds and make either: (I) On Process Measurements or (II) In Line Measurements. The inspection technologies selected will enable particle “quality” qualification as a particle or group of particles passes a sensor. A multiple attribute dependent signature will be measured and used for qualificationmore » or process control decisions. A primary task for achieving this objective is to establish standard signatures for both good/acceptable particles and the most problematic types of defects using several nondestructive methods.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
882978
Report Number(s):
PNNL-15668
AF3510000
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
TRISO; Coated Fuel Particles; NDE; AQ & QC Inspection

Citation Formats

Ahmed, Salahuddin, Batishko, Charles R, Flake, Matthew, Good, Morris S, Mathews, Royce, Morra, Marino, Panetta, Paul D, Pardini, Allan F, Sandness, Gerald A, Tucker, Brian J, Weier, Dennis R, Hockey, Ronald L, Gray, Joseph N, Saurwein, John J, Bond, Leonard J, Lowden, Richard A, and Miller, James H. Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Project No. 02 103 Innovative Low Cost Approaches to Automating QA/QC of Fuel Particle Production Using On Line Nondestructive Methods for Higher Reliability Final Project Report. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.2172/882978.
Ahmed, Salahuddin, Batishko, Charles R, Flake, Matthew, Good, Morris S, Mathews, Royce, Morra, Marino, Panetta, Paul D, Pardini, Allan F, Sandness, Gerald A, Tucker, Brian J, Weier, Dennis R, Hockey, Ronald L, Gray, Joseph N, Saurwein, John J, Bond, Leonard J, Lowden, Richard A, & Miller, James H. Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Project No. 02 103 Innovative Low Cost Approaches to Automating QA/QC of Fuel Particle Production Using On Line Nondestructive Methods for Higher Reliability Final Project Report. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/882978
Ahmed, Salahuddin, Batishko, Charles R, Flake, Matthew, Good, Morris S, Mathews, Royce, Morra, Marino, Panetta, Paul D, Pardini, Allan F, Sandness, Gerald A, Tucker, Brian J, Weier, Dennis R, Hockey, Ronald L, Gray, Joseph N, Saurwein, John J, Bond, Leonard J, Lowden, Richard A, and Miller, James H. Tue . "Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Project No. 02 103 Innovative Low Cost Approaches to Automating QA/QC of Fuel Particle Production Using On Line Nondestructive Methods for Higher Reliability Final Project Report". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/882978. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/882978.
@article{osti_882978,
title = {Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Project No. 02 103 Innovative Low Cost Approaches to Automating QA/QC of Fuel Particle Production Using On Line Nondestructive Methods for Higher Reliability Final Project Report},
author = {Ahmed, Salahuddin and Batishko, Charles R and Flake, Matthew and Good, Morris S and Mathews, Royce and Morra, Marino and Panetta, Paul D and Pardini, Allan F and Sandness, Gerald A and Tucker, Brian J and Weier, Dennis R and Hockey, Ronald L and Gray, Joseph N and Saurwein, John J and Bond, Leonard J and Lowden, Richard A and Miller, James H},
abstractNote = {This Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) project was tasked with exploring, adapting, developing and demonstrating innovative nondestructive test methods to automate nuclear coated particle fuel inspection so as to provide the United States (US) with necessary improved and economical Quality Assurance and Control (QA/QC) that is needed for the fuels for several reactor concepts being proposed for both near term deployment [DOE NE & NERAC, 2001] and Generation IV nuclear systems. Replacing present day QA/QC methods, done manually and in many cases destructively, with higher speed automated nondestructive methods will make fuel production for advanced reactors economically feasible. For successful deployment of next generation reactors that employ particle fuels, or fuels in the form of pebbles based on particles, extremely large numbers of fuel particles will require inspection at throughput rates that do not significantly impact the proposed manufacturing processes. The focus of the project is nondestructive examination (NDE) technologies that can be automated for production speeds and make either: (I) On Process Measurements or (II) In Line Measurements. The inspection technologies selected will enable particle “quality” qualification as a particle or group of particles passes a sensor. A multiple attribute dependent signature will be measured and used for qualification or process control decisions. A primary task for achieving this objective is to establish standard signatures for both good/acceptable particles and the most problematic types of defects using several nondestructive methods.},
doi = {10.2172/882978},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/882978}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {2}
}