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Title: Systems and methods for processing irradiation targets through a nuclear reactor

Apparatuses and methods produce radioisotopes in instrumentation tubes of operating commercial nuclear reactors. Irradiation targets may be inserted and removed from instrumentation tubes during operation and converted to radioisotopes otherwise unavailable during operation of commercial nuclear reactors. Example apparatuses may continuously insert, remove, and store irradiation targets to be converted to useable radioisotopes or other desired materials at several different origin and termination points accessible outside an access barrier such as a containment building, drywell wall, or other access restriction preventing access to instrumentation tubes during operation of the nuclear plant.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1250445
Report Number(s):
9,330,798
13/339,345
DOE Contract Number:
FC52-09NA29626
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Dec 28
Research Org:
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC, Wilmington, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
07 ISOTOPE AND RADIATION SOURCES; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY