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Title: Feasibility studies to establish at the Kazakhstan Ulba metallurgical plant the manufacturing capability to produce low-enriched uranium certified reference materials

Abstract

One of the salient features of the transition plan that the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is presently implementing in the Former Soviet Union countries is the availability of uranium certified reference materials for calibration of nondestructive assay (NDA) measurement equipment. To address this challenge, DOE/NNSA and U.S. national laboratories have focused their cooperative efforts on establishing a reliable source for manufacturing, certifying, and supplying of such standards. The Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP), Kazakhstan, which processes large quantities of low-enriched uranium to produce ceramic fuel pellets for nuclear-powered reactors, is well situated to become a key supplier of low-enriched uranium certified reference materials for the country and Central Asia region. We have recently completed Phase I of a feasibility study to establish at UMP capabilities of manufacturing these standards. In this paper we will discuss details of a proposed methodology for uranium down-blending, material selection and characterization, and a proposed methodology of measurement by destructive (DA) and non-destructive (NDA) analysis to form a database for material certification by the competent State authorities in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, we will discuss the prospect for manufacturing of such standards at UMP.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5]
  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  2. NBL
  3. Y12 NATIONAL SEC. COMPLEX
  4. ULBA METALLURGICAL PLANT
  5. GREGG PROTECTION SERVICES
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
989789
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-09-03493; LA-UR-09-3493
TRN: US1007139
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 50th INMM Meeting ; July 12, 2009 ; Tucson, AZ
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11; 98; AVAILABILITY; CALIBRATION; CERAMICS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; FUEL PELLETS; KAZAKHSTAN; MANUFACTURING; SECURITY; URANIUM

Citation Formats

Kuzminski, Jozef, Nesuhoff, J, Cratto, P, Pfennigwerth, G, Mikhailenko, A, Maliutina, I, and Nations, J. Feasibility studies to establish at the Kazakhstan Ulba metallurgical plant the manufacturing capability to produce low-enriched uranium certified reference materials. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Kuzminski, Jozef, Nesuhoff, J, Cratto, P, Pfennigwerth, G, Mikhailenko, A, Maliutina, I, & Nations, J. Feasibility studies to establish at the Kazakhstan Ulba metallurgical plant the manufacturing capability to produce low-enriched uranium certified reference materials. United States.
Kuzminski, Jozef, Nesuhoff, J, Cratto, P, Pfennigwerth, G, Mikhailenko, A, Maliutina, I, and Nations, J. Thu . "Feasibility studies to establish at the Kazakhstan Ulba metallurgical plant the manufacturing capability to produce low-enriched uranium certified reference materials". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/989789.
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author = {Kuzminski, Jozef and Nesuhoff, J and Cratto, P and Pfennigwerth, G and Mikhailenko, A and Maliutina, I and Nations, J},
abstractNote = {One of the salient features of the transition plan that the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is presently implementing in the Former Soviet Union countries is the availability of uranium certified reference materials for calibration of nondestructive assay (NDA) measurement equipment. To address this challenge, DOE/NNSA and U.S. national laboratories have focused their cooperative efforts on establishing a reliable source for manufacturing, certifying, and supplying of such standards. The Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP), Kazakhstan, which processes large quantities of low-enriched uranium to produce ceramic fuel pellets for nuclear-powered reactors, is well situated to become a key supplier of low-enriched uranium certified reference materials for the country and Central Asia region. We have recently completed Phase I of a feasibility study to establish at UMP capabilities of manufacturing these standards. In this paper we will discuss details of a proposed methodology for uranium down-blending, material selection and characterization, and a proposed methodology of measurement by destructive (DA) and non-destructive (NDA) analysis to form a database for material certification by the competent State authorities in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, we will discuss the prospect for manufacturing of such standards at UMP.},
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