A Tomographic Method for Verification of the Integrity of Spent Nuclear Fuel Assemblies - II: Experimental Investigation
2001 (English)In: Nuclear Technology, ISSN 0029-5450, Vol. 135, no 2, 146-153 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A tomographic method for verification of the integrity of used light water reactor fuel has been experimentally investigated. The method utilizes emitted gamma rays from fission products in the fuel rods. The radiation field is recorded in a large number of positions relative to the assembly, whereby the source distribution is reconstructed using a special-purpose reconstruction code.
An 8 × 8 boiling water reactor fuel assembly has been measured at the Swedish interim storage (CLAB), using installed gamma-scanning equipment modified for the purpose of tomography. The equipment allows the mapping of the radiation field around a fuel assembly with the aid of a germanium detector fitted with a collimator with a vertical slit. Two gamma-ray energies were recorded: 662 keV (137Cs) and 1274 keV (154Eu). The intensities measured in 2520 detector positions were used as input for the tomographic reconstruction code. The results agreed very well with simulations and significantly revealed a position containing a water channel in the central part of the assembly.
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2001. Vol. 135, no 2, 146-153 p.
Research subject Applied Nuclear Physics; Physics with specialization in Applied Nuclear Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-91653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-91653DiVA: diva2:164455