Calculational technique to predict combustible gas generation in sealed radioactive waste containers [electronic resource].
- Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1986.
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- Pages: 69 : digital, PDF file
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- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- Certain forms of nuclear waste, when subjected to ionizing radiation, produce combustible mixtures of gases. The production of these gases in sealed radioactive waste containers represents a significant safety concern for the handling, shipment and storage of waste. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted on this safety concern in September 1984 by publishing an information notice requiring waste generators to demonstrate, by tests or measurements, that combustible mixtures of gases are not present in radioactive waste shipments; otherwise the waste must be vented within 10 days of shipping. A task force, formed by the Edison Electric Institute to evaluate these NRC requirements, developed a calculational method to quantify hydrogen gas generation in sealed containers. This report presents the calculational method along with comparisons to actual measured hydrogen concentrations from EPICOR II liners, vented during their preparation for shipment. As a result of this, the NRC recently altered certain waste shipment Certificates-Of-Compliance to allow calculations, as well as tests and measurements, as acceptable means of determining combustible gas concentration. This modification was due in part to work described herein.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 05/01/1986., "gend-041", "DE86011395", Fujita, A.; Quinn, G.J.; Flaherty, J.E.; Deltete, C.P., and EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls (USA)
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