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Special Nuclear Material Control by the Power Reactor Operator; Controle des Matieres Nucleaires Speciales par l'Exploitant d'une Centrale Nucleaire; Spetsial'nyj kontrol' nalichiya yadernykh materialov operatorom ehnergeticheskogo reaktora; Control de Materiales Nucleares Especiales por Parte de Quienes Operan el Reactor de Potencia

Conference:

Abstract

A relatively new and extremely valuable fuel for electric power production, uranium, requires very careful inventory control from the time the reactor operator assumes financial responsibility for this material until, as partially expended fuel, it is transferred to another facility and the remaining part of its initial value is recovered. Most power reactor operators were operating fossil-fuelled power plants before the advent of nuclear power and have long since established rather complete and adequate controls for these fossil fuels. The reactor operator must have no less adequate controls for the special nuclear material used in his nuclear plant. Power reactor, operation is not an ancient science and during its relatively short history our engineers and scientists have been constantly improving plant designs and methods of operation to reduce costs and make our nuclear plants competitive with fossil-fuelled conventional plants. Nuclear material management must be as modern and efficient as is humanly possible to ensure that technological advances leading to reduced costs are not lost by poor handling of nuclear fuel and the records pertaining to fuel inventory. Nuclear material management requires the maintaining of complete and informative records by the power reactor operator. These records need not be complex to  More>>
Authors:
Cordin, R. A. [1] 
  1. Yankee Atomic Electric Company, Boston, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Feb 15, 1966
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-67/40
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on Nuclear Materials Management, Vienna (Austria), 30 Aug - 3 Sep 1965; Related Information: In: Nuclear Materials Management. Proceedings of the Symposium on Nuclear Materials Management| 905 p.
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ACCOUNTING; CONTROL; COST; DATA; FOSSIL FUELS; INVENTORIES; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; POWER REACTORS; REACTOR OPERATION; REPROCESSING; SPENT FUELS; TRANSPORT; URANIUM
OSTI ID:
22127220
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M2315082299
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 141-151
Announcement Date:
Sep 12, 2013

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Citation Formats

Cordin, R. A. Special Nuclear Material Control by the Power Reactor Operator; Controle des Matieres Nucleaires Speciales par l'Exploitant d'une Centrale Nucleaire; Spetsial'nyj kontrol' nalichiya yadernykh materialov operatorom ehnergeticheskogo reaktora; Control de Materiales Nucleares Especiales por Parte de Quienes Operan el Reactor de Potencia. IAEA: N. p., 1966. Web.
Cordin, R. A. Special Nuclear Material Control by the Power Reactor Operator; Controle des Matieres Nucleaires Speciales par l'Exploitant d'une Centrale Nucleaire; Spetsial'nyj kontrol' nalichiya yadernykh materialov operatorom ehnergeticheskogo reaktora; Control de Materiales Nucleares Especiales por Parte de Quienes Operan el Reactor de Potencia. IAEA.
Cordin, R. A. 1966. "Special Nuclear Material Control by the Power Reactor Operator; Controle des Matieres Nucleaires Speciales par l'Exploitant d'une Centrale Nucleaire; Spetsial'nyj kontrol' nalichiya yadernykh materialov operatorom ehnergeticheskogo reaktora; Control de Materiales Nucleares Especiales por Parte de Quienes Operan el Reactor de Potencia." IAEA.
@misc{etde_22127220,
title = {Special Nuclear Material Control by the Power Reactor Operator; Controle des Matieres Nucleaires Speciales par l'Exploitant d'une Centrale Nucleaire; Spetsial'nyj kontrol' nalichiya yadernykh materialov operatorom ehnergeticheskogo reaktora; Control de Materiales Nucleares Especiales por Parte de Quienes Operan el Reactor de Potencia}
author = {Cordin, R. A.}
abstractNote = {A relatively new and extremely valuable fuel for electric power production, uranium, requires very careful inventory control from the time the reactor operator assumes financial responsibility for this material until, as partially expended fuel, it is transferred to another facility and the remaining part of its initial value is recovered. Most power reactor operators were operating fossil-fuelled power plants before the advent of nuclear power and have long since established rather complete and adequate controls for these fossil fuels. The reactor operator must have no less adequate controls for the special nuclear material used in his nuclear plant. Power reactor, operation is not an ancient science and during its relatively short history our engineers and scientists have been constantly improving plant designs and methods of operation to reduce costs and make our nuclear plants competitive with fossil-fuelled conventional plants. Nuclear material management must be as modern and efficient as is humanly possible to ensure that technological advances leading to reduced costs are not lost by poor handling of nuclear fuel and the records pertaining to fuel inventory. Nuclear material management requires the maintaining of complete and informative records by the power reactor operator. These records need not be complex to satisfy the criteria of completeness and adequacy. In fact, simplicity is extremely desirable. Despite the fact that nuclear fuel is new and completely different to our conventional fuels no mystery should be attached thereto. Nuclear material control as part of nuclear material management is not limited to simple inventory work but it is the basis for a great deal of other activity that is an inherent part of any power reactor operations such as irradiated fuel shipments, reprocessing of spent fuel, with its associated accounting for reclaimed fuel and material produced during reactor operation, and the establishing and maintaining of an adequate insurance programme. (author) [French] L'uranium, combustible relativement nouveau et extremement interessant pour la production d'electricite, doit faire l'objet d'un controle tres strict depuis le moment ou l'exploitant de la centrale en devient financierement responsable jusqu'a celui oti, sous forme de combustible partiellement epuise, la matiere est transferee dans une autre installation et oti l'on recupere ce qui reste de sa valeur initiale. La plupart des exploitants de centrales nucleaires dirigeaient des centrales alimentees par des combustibles fossiles avant l'avenement de l'energie nucleaire et ils ont etabli depuis longtemps un controle etendu et efficace de ces combustibles fossiles. L'exploitant d'une centrale nucleaire doit exercer un controle non moins efficace sur les matieres nucleaires speciales utilisees dans son installation. La technique de l'exploitation des centrales nucleaires n'est pas ancienne et, au cours de, son existence relativement breve, les ingenieurs et hommes de science des Etats-Unis ont constamment ameliore les plans des centrales et les methodes d'exploitation afin de reduire les couts et de permettre aux centrales nucleaires de concurrencer les centrales classiques. La gestion des matieres nucleaires doit etre aussi moderne et efficace que possible pour assurer que les progres technologiques grace auxquels les prix on pu etre reduits ne soient pas mis en echec par des insuffisances dans la manipulation du combustible nucleaire et la tenue de la comptabilite des stocks. Pour assurer la gestion des matieres nucleaires, il faut que l'exploitant de la centrale etablisse et tienne a jour une comptabilite complete et detaillee, sans etre necessairement complexe pour autant; en fait, la simplicite est extremement souhaitable. Bien que le combustible nucleaire soit nouveau et qu'il n'ait rien de commun avec les combustibles classiques, aucun secret ne doit s'y attacher. Le controle des matieres nucleaires dans le cadre de la gestion des matieres nucleaires ne se limite pas S de simples travaux d'inventaire mais sert de base a beaucoup d'autres activites qui font partie integrante du programme d'operations de tout reacteur, par exemple les expeditions de combustible irradie, le traitement chimique du combustible epuise et la comptabilite du combustible recupere et des matieres produites au cours du fonctionnement du reacteur, et l'institution et l'application d'un regime d'assurance satisfaisant. (author) [Spanish] Combustible relativamente nuevo y sumamente valioso para la produccion de energia electrica, el uranio requiere un control muy minucioso desde el momento en que la direccion de una central asume la responsabilidad financiera inherente a su posesion hasta que como combustible parcialmente agotado se transfiere a otra instalacion en la que se recupera la parte que no se ha consumido. Antes de que se descubriera la posibilidad de emplear la energia nuclear para producir electricidad, la mayor parte de las empresas que actualmente explotan centrales nucleares explotaban centrales alimentadas con combustibles fosiles y hablan establecido sistemas de control relativamente completos y adecuados para los combustibles de ese tipo. Los responsables de las centrales nucleoelectricas deben disponer de sistemas no menos adecuados para controlar los materiales nucleares especiales que utilizan. La explotacion de los reactores de potencia no es una ciencia antigua, pero durante el tiempo relativamente corto que ha transcurrido desde que se inicio su empleo los ingenieros y hombres de ciencia han mejorado continuamente el diseflo del equipo y los metodos de trabajo con objeto de disminuir los costos de produccion y de lograr que las centrales nucleares puedan competir en el plano economico con las centrales clasicas. La administracion de los materiales nucleares debe efectuarse con metodos modernos y eficientes a fin de que los adelantos tecnologicos que han permitido reducir los costos no resulten inutiles debido a un control deficiente de los combustibles nucleares y a la falta de precision en las operaciones contables. La administracion de materiales nucleares requiere que los explotadores de los reactores de potencia lleven una contabilidad completa y detallada. No es necesario que los documentos sean complejos si lo que se pretende es que sean completos y adecuados. En realidad, la sencillez es sobremanera conveniente. A pesar de que el combustible nuclear es un combustible nuevo y totalmente distinto de los de tipo tradicional, no hay que rodear su utilizacion de ninguna aureola de misterio. El control de los materiales nucleares no es una simple labor de inventario, sino que constituye la base de muchas otras operaciones inherentes a la explotacion de los reactores de potencia, por ejemplo: el transporte del combustible irradiado, su regeneracion con la correspondiente contabilizacion del combustible recuperado y del material producido durante el funcionamiento del reactor, y, por ultimo, el establecimiento de un sistema de seguros adecuado. (author) [Russian] Otnositel'no novoe i chrezvychajno cennoe toplivo dlja proizvodstva jelektrojenergii, a imenno uran, trebuet ochen' tshhatel'nogo ucheta s momenta, kogda operator reaktora prinimaet na sebja material'nuju otvetstvennost' za jetot material, i do togo momenta, kogda jetot material v vide chastichno otrabotannogo topliva peredaetsja na druguju ustanovku, gde regeneriruetsja ostavshajasja chast' ego pervonachal'noj cennosti. Bol'shaja chast' operatorov jenergeticheskih reaktorov, do pojavlenija v svet jadernoj jenergetiki, rabotala na jelektrostancijah s obychnym iskopaemym toplivom i /zhe davno vyrabotala dostatochno polnye i nadezhnye formy kontrolja za ego rashodovaniem. Operator reaktora dolzhen raspolagat' ne menee nadezhnymi sposobami ucheta jadernyh materialov, ispol'zuemyh na ego ustanovke. Jekspluatacija jenergeticheskih reaktorov ne imeet bol'shoj istorii, i na protjazhenii otnositel'no korotkogo perioda sushhestvovanija reaktorov nashi inzhenery i uchenye nepreryvno sovershenstvovali konstrukciju ustanovok i uluchshali metody jekspluatacii s cel'ju snizit' sebestoimost' s tem, chtoby nashi jadernye ustanovki mogli byt' konkurentosposoonymi s rabotajushhimi na iskopaemom toplive jelektrostancijami obychnogo tipa. Administrativnohozjajstvennyj uchet jadernyh materialov dolzhen byt' po mere vozmozhnosti sovremennym i jeffektivnym s tem, chtoby tehnologicheskij process, napravlennyj na snizhenie sebestoimosti, ne stradal by iz-za rastochenija jadernogo topliva i nebrezhnogo ego ucheta. Administrativno-hozjajstvennyj uchet trebuet so storony operatora jenergeticheskogo reaktora vedenija polnyh i podrobnyh uchetnyh dokumentov. Dlja udovletvorenija trebovanijam polnoty i nadezhnosti jeti dokumenty vovse ne dolzhny byt' slozhnymi. Naoborot, prostota ih javljaetsja chrezvychajno zhelatel'noj. Nesmotrja na to, chto jadernoe toplivo javljaetsja chem-to novym i sovershenno otlichnym ot topliva obychnogo tipa, nel'zja oblekat' ego pokrovom tainstvennosti. Kontrol' nalichija jadernyh materialov kak chast' administrativno-hozjajstvennogo ucheta jadernyh materialov ne ogranichivaetsja odnoj lish' rabotoj po proverke nalichija materialov, no on lezhit v osnove mnogih drugih vidov dejatel'nosti, javljajushhihsja neot{sup e}mlemoj chast'ju jekspluatacii ljubogo jenergeticheskogo reaktora, kak naprimer, otpravok obluchennogo topliva, pereobrabotki otrabotannogo topliva so svjazannoj s jetim otchetnost'ju pri regeneracii topliva i materiala, proizvedennogo pri rabote reaktora. K jetomu krugu problem otnosjatsja takzhe vyrabotka i osushhestvlenie nadlezhashhej programmy strahovanija. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1966}
month = {Feb}
}