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Title: Savannah River Site Bagless Transfer Technology Applied at Hanford

A ''bagless transfer'' process was developed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to remove radioactive materials from glovebox enclosures for long-term storage in conformance with DOE Standard 3013. This process, unlike the more conventional ''bag-out'' process, produces an all-metal, helium-filled, welded storage container that does not contain materials subject to radiolytic decomposition. A Bagless Transfer System (BTS), utilizing this bagless transfer process, has been in service at SRS since August 1997. It is a semi-automated system that has proven to be very reliable during its three years of operation.The Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) at Hanford has a similar need for long-term storage of radioactive materials. The successful operation of the Savannah River Site BTS led to the selection of the same technology to fulfill the packaging need at Hanford. However, there are a number of differences between the existing SRS BTS and the system currently in operation at Hanford. These differences will be discussed in this paper. Additionally, a system is necessary to produce another all-metal, welded container into which the container produced by the BTS can be placed. This container must be in conformance with the criteria specified in DOE-STD-3013 for an outer container. SRS Engineers are developing amore » system (outer container welder), based on the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding equipment used in the BTS, to produce this outer container.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
774277
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-2000-00529
TRN: US0100894
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: American Nuclear Society 9th Topical Meeting on Robotics and Remote Systems, Seattle, WA (US), 03/04/2001--03/08/2001; Other Information: PBD: 31 Jan 2001
Research Org:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; CONTAINERS; PACKAGING; PLUTONIUM; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; GAS TUNGSTEN-ARC WELDING; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; PERFORMANCE