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Drying results of K-Basin fuel element 0309M (Run 3)

By B.M. Oliver, G.S. Klinger, J. Abrefah, S.C. Marschman, P.J. MacFarlan and G.A. Ritter


An N-Reactor outer fuel element that had been stored underwater in the Hanford 100 Area K-West Basin was subjected to a combination of low- and high-temperature vacuum drying treatments. These studies are part of a series of tests being conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the drying behavior of spent nuclear fuel elements removed from both the K-West and K-East Basins. The drying test series was designed to test fuel elements that ranged from intact to severely damaged. The fuel element discussed in this report was removed from K-West canister 0309M during the second fuel selection campaign, conducted in 1996, and has remained in wet storage in the Postirradiation Testing Laboratory (PTL, 327 Building) since that time. The fuel element was broken in two pieces, with a relatively clean fracture, and the larger piece was tested. A gray/white coating was observed. This was the first test of a damaged fuel element in the furnace. K-West canisters can hold up to seven complete fuel assemblies, but, for purposes of this report, the element tested here is designated as Element 0309M. Element 0309M was subjected to drying processes based on those proposed under the Integrated Process Strategy, which included a hot drying step

Topics: Dry Storage, Fuel Storage Pools, Drying, 05 Nuclear Fuels, N-Reactor, Monitored Retrievable Storage, Spent Fuel Elements, Hanford Reservation
Publisher: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (U.S.)
Year: 1998
DOI identifier: 10.2172/291179
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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