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Criticality Safety in the Handling of Fissile Material

Specific Safety Guide

IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-27
Specific Safety Guides

Superseded by: IAEA Safety Standards Series - SSG-27 (Rev. 1)

English STI/PUB/1594 ¦ 978-92-0-140010-9

77 pages ¦ 2 figures ¦ € 40.00 ¦ Date published: 2014

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This Safety Guide provides guidance and recommendations on how to meet the relevant requirements for ensuring subcriticality when dealing with fissile material and for planning the response to criticality accidents. The guidance and recommendations are applicable to both regulatory bodies and operating organizations. The objectives of criticality safety are to prevent a self-sustained nuclear chain reaction and to minimize the consequences of this if it were to occur. The Safety Guide makes recommendations on how to ensure subcriticality in systems involving fissile materials during normal operation, anticipated operational occurrences, and, in the case of accident conditions, within design basis accidents, from initial design through commissioning, operation, and decommissioning and disposal.

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