Partial defect verification using the DCVD: a capability evaluation approach
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
The Digital Cherenkov Viewing Device (DCVD) is a non-intrusive instrument available to theInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for verifying spent nuclear fuel in storage pools. It iscurrently used for gross-defect evaluations, i.e. to verify that an item in a storage pool is anirradiated fuel assembly and not a fresh assembly or a dummy. This is done by recording images ofthe Cherenkov light emitted in the water surrounding the fuel. Currently, the instrument’s ability toalso detect partial defects at the 50% level or even lower is under study. Here, experimental work iscomplimented by modeling and simulations due to the limited availability of assemblies with partialdefects.Ideally, an IAEA inspector should be able to use the DCVD at e.g. a fuel storage site andimmediately after scanning obtain information on (1) whether an item is an irradiated fuel assemblyor not, and (2) whether the assembly is intact or suffers from a partial defect. This paper discusses adecision-making methodology intended for the latter purpose with the objective to implement it inthe DCVD software in order to facilitate smooth inspection procedures. Inspectors will thus not berequired to possess any expertise in the decision-making methodology.The paper also describes measurements performed during spring 2011 at the CLAB interim spentfuel storage in Sweden. The measurements were carried out with the objective to optimize theequipment handling and work flow during this type of measurement campaigns and to form a basisfor the evaluation of the DCVD’s ability to detect partial defects.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-169384DiVA: diva2:506273
52nd INMM Annual Meeting, July 17-21, 2011, Palm Desert, California, USA