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Non-Destructive Methods for Determining Burn-Up in Nuclear Fuel; Methodes Non Destructives d'Evaluation du Taux de Combustion dans le Combustible Nucleaire; Metody opredeleniya vygoraniya v yadernom toplive bez razrusheniya obraztsa; Metodos No Destructivos para Determinai el Grado de Combustion de los Elementos Combustibles Nucleares

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Abstract

Non-destructive methods for quantitative measurement of burn-up in nuclear reactor fuel elements are useful and desirable. The ideal method for fuel assay would be one that requires no special information about the neutron spectra, radiation history, or cooling time. The irradiated fuel element contains a record of the fuel burn-up. This record is in the form of radioactive and stable isotopes resulting from the fission process. Unfortunately, in the non-destructive as well as the destructive fuel assay methods, the neutron spectrum, irradiation history, and cooling period influence this record. Likewise, the lack of precise nuclear data, such as values of nuclear cross-sections, affects any calculations that can be made. Another difficulty in the non-destructive assay is the presence of high radiation fields which contribute to the ''noise'' background of the measurements. The development of useful and realistic standards is difficult. The non-destructive burn-up methods do serve a useful purpose especially when an approximate value of burn-up is required quickly and economically even though in the present state of the art they lack the desired precision and accuracy. Several non-destructive methods for determining burn-up have been used, are being evaluated, or have been proposed. Various types of spectrometers including the bent  More>>
Authors:
McGonnagle, W. J. [1] 
  1. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Feb 15, 1966
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-67/46
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on Nuclear Materials Management, Vienna (Austria), 30 Aug - 3 Sep 1965; Other Information: 29 refs., 4 tabs.; Related Information: In: Nuclear Materials Management. Proceedings of the Symposium on Nuclear Materials Management| 905 p.
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ACCURACY; ACTIVATION ANALYSIS; BURNUP; COOLING TIME; CROSS SECTIONS; DELAYED NEUTRONS; FISSION; FISSION PRODUCTS; FUEL ELEMENTS; GAMMA RADIATION; IRRADIATION; MOLYBDENUM; NEODYMIUM; NEUTRON SPECTRA; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; RUTHENIUM; SPECTROMETERS; SPENT FUELS; STABLE ISOTOPES; ZIRCONIUM
OSTI ID:
22127268
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M2363082347
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 851-866
Announcement Date:
Sep 12, 2013

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McGonnagle, W. J. Non-Destructive Methods for Determining Burn-Up in Nuclear Fuel; Methodes Non Destructives d'Evaluation du Taux de Combustion dans le Combustible Nucleaire; Metody opredeleniya vygoraniya v yadernom toplive bez razrusheniya obraztsa; Metodos No Destructivos para Determinai el Grado de Combustion de los Elementos Combustibles Nucleares. IAEA: N. p., 1966. Web.
McGonnagle, W. J. Non-Destructive Methods for Determining Burn-Up in Nuclear Fuel; Methodes Non Destructives d'Evaluation du Taux de Combustion dans le Combustible Nucleaire; Metody opredeleniya vygoraniya v yadernom toplive bez razrusheniya obraztsa; Metodos No Destructivos para Determinai el Grado de Combustion de los Elementos Combustibles Nucleares. IAEA.
McGonnagle, W. J. 1966. "Non-Destructive Methods for Determining Burn-Up in Nuclear Fuel; Methodes Non Destructives d'Evaluation du Taux de Combustion dans le Combustible Nucleaire; Metody opredeleniya vygoraniya v yadernom toplive bez razrusheniya obraztsa; Metodos No Destructivos para Determinai el Grado de Combustion de los Elementos Combustibles Nucleares." IAEA.
@misc{etde_22127268,
title = {Non-Destructive Methods for Determining Burn-Up in Nuclear Fuel; Methodes Non Destructives d'Evaluation du Taux de Combustion dans le Combustible Nucleaire; Metody opredeleniya vygoraniya v yadernom toplive bez razrusheniya obraztsa; Metodos No Destructivos para Determinai el Grado de Combustion de los Elementos Combustibles Nucleares}
author = {McGonnagle, W. J.}
abstractNote = {Non-destructive methods for quantitative measurement of burn-up in nuclear reactor fuel elements are useful and desirable. The ideal method for fuel assay would be one that requires no special information about the neutron spectra, radiation history, or cooling time. The irradiated fuel element contains a record of the fuel burn-up. This record is in the form of radioactive and stable isotopes resulting from the fission process. Unfortunately, in the non-destructive as well as the destructive fuel assay methods, the neutron spectrum, irradiation history, and cooling period influence this record. Likewise, the lack of precise nuclear data, such as values of nuclear cross-sections, affects any calculations that can be made. Another difficulty in the non-destructive assay is the presence of high radiation fields which contribute to the ''noise'' background of the measurements. The development of useful and realistic standards is difficult. The non-destructive burn-up methods do serve a useful purpose especially when an approximate value of burn-up is required quickly and economically even though in the present state of the art they lack the desired precision and accuracy. Several non-destructive methods for determining burn-up have been used, are being evaluated, or have been proposed. Various types of spectrometers including the bent crystal, magnetic Compton, Compton coincidence, and scintillation have been used to analyse the gamma radiation from the radioactive material formed during the fission process. Other non-destructive methods include foil activation, neutron transmission, activation analysis, measurement of capture gamma rays, and the measurement of prompt and delayed neutrons. The basic principles of each of the above instruments and methods, their sensitivities and their limitations will be reviewed. Non-destructive methods using stable isotopes produced during the fission process are proposed. In the use of stable isotopes, detailed irradiation history is of secondary importance and the cooling time is unimportant. Also, there is more precise nuclear data for the stable fission products. Of the stable isotopes produced during the fission process, zirconium, molybdenum, ruthenium, and neodymium appear to be the most useful. The proposed non-destructive methods using stable isotopes will be discussed. (author) [French] Il est a la fois utile et souhaitable d'utiliser des methodes non destructives pour proceder a la mesure quantitative du taux de combustion des elements combustibles d'un reacteur nucleaire. L'ideal serait de pouvoir analyser le combustible a l'aide d'une methode ne necessitant pas de renseignements particuliers sur les spectres des neutrons, le schema d'irradiation ou le temps de refroidissement. Les isotopes radioactifs et les isotopes stables resultant du processus de fission qui sont presents dans un element combustible irradie caracterisent son irradiation. Malheureusement, que l'analyse soit effectuee au moyen de methodes destructives ou non destructives, les resultats obtenus varient en fonction du spectre de neutrons, du schema d'irradiation et du temps de refroidissement. Deplus, l'absence de donnees nucleaires precises, comme les valeurs des section efficaces, influe sur tous les calculs qui peuvent etre effectues. L'analyse non destructive est egalement genee par la presence de champs de rayonnements intenses qui augmentent le bruit de fond. Il est difficile d'etablir des normes utiles et realistes. Bien que, dans l'etat actuel de la technique, les methodes non destructives n'aient pas toute la precision et l'exactitude voulues, elles presentent neanmoins un grand interet' notamment dans les cas ou il faut obtenir rapidement et economiquement une valeur approximative du taux de combustion. Plusieurs methodes non destructives d'evaluation du taux de combustion sont actuellement appliquees, a l'etude ou en projet. Plusieurs types de spectrometres sont utilises pour la mesure du rayonnement gamma emis par les matieres radioactives qui se forment au cours du processus de fission, en particulier le spectrometre a cristal courbe, le spectrometre Compton magnetique, le spectrometre Compton a coiencidence et le spectrometre a scintillation. Parmi les autres methodes non destructives, on peut citer l'activation de feuilles, la transmission des neutrons, l'analyse par activation, la mesure des rayonnements gamma de capture et la mesure des neutrons instantanes et differes. Le memoire etudie les principes essentiels des differents appareils et procedes ci-dessus, leur precision et leurs limitations. Le memoire presente des methodes non destructives utilisant les isotopes stables produits au cours du processus de fission. Dans les mesures au moyen de ces isotopes, le schema d'irradiation n'a qu'une importance secondaire et le temps de refroidissement ne joue aucun role. De plus, on dispose de donnees nucleaires plus precises sur les produits stables de la fission. Il semble que les plus utiles de tous les isotopes stables produits au cours du processus de fission soient ceux du zirconium, du molybdene, du ruthenium et du neodyme. Le memoire etudie l'interet de ces methodes d'analyse non destructive. (author) [Spanish] Los metodos no destructivos son de gran utilidad para medir cuantitativamente el grado de combustion. El metodo ideal seria el que no requiriese datos especiales sobre los espectros neutrtfni- cos, las irradiaciones precedentes o el tiempo de enfriamiento. Los elementos combustibles irradiados llevan en cierto modo el registro de su grado de combustion. Este registro consiste en el conjunto de los isotopos radiactivos y estables resultantes del proceso de fision. Desgraciadamente, tanto con los metodos no destructivos como con los destructivos el espectro neutronico, las irradiaciones precedentes y el tiempo de enfriamiento influyen sobre dicho registro. Analogamente, la falta de datos nucleares precisos tales como las secciones eficaces nucleares repercute en los calculos que pueden efectuarse. Otra de las dificultades de la determinacion no destructiva consiste en la presencia de intensos campos de radiaciones que contribuyen al 'ruido' defondo dela medicion. La preparacion de patrones eficaces es dificil. Aunque en el estado actual de la tecnica carezcan de la precision deseada, los metodos no destructivos para determinar el grado de combustion resultan utiles sobre todo cuando es preciso obtener rapidamente valores aproximados sin que el costo de la operacion resulte excesivo. Para determinar el grado de combustion se han empleado, se estan estudiando o se han propuesto diversos metodos no destructivos. Se han empleado varios tipos de espectrometro -el de cristal curvo, el magnetico de Compton, el de coincidencia de Compton y el de centelleo- para analizar la radiacion gamma proveniente del material radiactivo formado durante el proceso de fision. Entre otros metodos no destructivos cabe mencionar la activacion de laminas, la transmision neutronica, el analisis por activacion, la medicion de rayos gamma de captura y la medicion de neutrones rapidos y retardados. En la memoria se exponen los principios basicos de cada uno de los instrumentos y de los metodos mencionados y se formulan observaciones sobre su sensibilidad y sus inconvenientes. . El autor propone metodos no destructivos basados en el empleo de isotopos estables producidos durante el proceso de fision. Con el empleo de esos isotopos los datos relativos a las irradiaciones precedentes tienen una importancia secundaria y los relativos al tiempo de enfriamiento no tienen ninguna. Ademas, para los productos estables de fision se dispone de datos nucleares mas precisos. Entre los isotopos estables producidos durante el proceso de fision, los mas utiles parecen ser el circonio, el molibdeno, el rutenio y el neodimio. En la memoria se analizan todos los metodos propuestos. (author) [Russian] Metody kolichestvennogo izmerenija vygoranija toplivnyh jelementov v jadernyh reaktorah bez razrushenija obrazca javljajutsja poleznymi i zhelatel'nymi. Ideal'nym byl by metod, ne trebujushhij special'nyh dannyh o nejtronnom spektre, istorii radiacii ili vremeni ohlazhdenija. Obluchennye toplivnye jelementy sami po sebe javljajutsja nositeljami informacii o stepeni vygoranija topliva. Jeta informacija soderzhitsja v forme radioaktivnyh i stabil'nyh izotopov, obrazujushhihsja v processe delenija. K sozhaleniju,kak pri metodah analiza topliva bez razrushenija obrazca, tak i s razrusheniem obrazca nejtronnyj spektr, istorija radiacii i period ohlazhdenija vlijajut na jetu informaciju. Tochno tak zhe nedostatok tochnyh jadernyh dannyh, takih, kak znachenija jadernyh poperechnyh sechenij, vlijaet na ljubye vychislenija, kotorye mozhno bylo by proizvesti. Drugoj trudnost'ju pri analizah bez razrushenija obrazca javljaetsja nalichie polej vysokoj radiacii, kotoraja vnosit dopolnitel'nyj ''shum'' v fon pri izmerenijah. Razrabotka poleznyh i real'nyh standartov javljaetsja trudnym delom. Metody analiza stepeni vygoranija bez razrushenija obrazca osobenno polezny togda, kogda trebuetsja bystro i jekonomichno, dazhe pri sushhestvujushhem polozhenii s ih nedostatkom, poluchit' zhelatel'nuju tochnost' priblizitel'noj velichiny vygoranija. Ispol'zovalos' neskol'ko metodov dlja opredelenija stepeni vygoranija bez razrushenija obrazca; vedetsja ih ocenka ili oni predlagajutsja. Ispol'zovalis' razlichnye tipy spektrometrov, v tom chisle spektrometry s izognutym kristallom, magnitnyj komptonovskij spektrometr, komptonovskij spektrometr na sovpadenija i scintilljacionnyj spektrometr dlja analiza gamma-izluchenija radioaktivnogo materiala, obrazujushhegosja vo vremja processa delenija. Drugie metody analiza bez razrushenija obrazca vkljuchajut aktivaciju fol'gi, propuskanie nejtronov, aktivacionnyj analiz, izmerenie zahvata gamma-luchej i izmerenie mgnovennyh i zapazdyvajushhih nejtronov. Rassmatrivajutsja osnovnye principy kazhdogo iz vyshenazvannyh metodov i priborov, ih chuvstvitel'nost' i ih predely. Predlagajutsja metody analiza bez razrushenija obrazca s ispol'zovaniem stabil'nyh izotopov, obrazujushhihsja vo vremja processa delenija. Pri ispol'zovanii stabil'nyh izotopov detal'naja istorija radiacii priobretaet vtorostepennoe znachenie, a vremja ohlazhdenija voobshhe ne imeet znachenija. K tomu zhe imejutsja bolee tochnye dannye dlja stabil'nyh produktov raspada. Iz stabil'nyh izotopov, poluchennyh v processe delenija, naibolee poleznymi javljajutsja cirkonij, molibden, rutenij i neodim. Obsuzhdajutsja predlagaemye metody analiza bez razrushenija obolochki s ispol'zovaniem stabil'nyh izotopov. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1966}
month = {Feb}
}