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Decontamination of Water Cooled Reactors

English STI/DOC/010/365 92-0-101394-9
84 27 20.50 1994


This publication is the first comprehensive review of decontamination processes used throughout the world on water cooled reactors, i.e. PWRs, BWRs, HWRs and WWERs, operating under reduced dose while under maintenance and repair. It focuses on the following objectives: man-sievert reduction, plant life extension, fuel life extension, and general safety and materials reliability. In addition, special attention has been given to full system decontamination which is being developed in response to reactor ageing. Technical isssues such as materials compabitility, waste generation or recontamination after decontamination are also addressed.
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Nature of oxides and contamination;3. Physical, mechanical and electrochemical decontamination processes; 4. Chemical decontamination processes; 5. Review of experience; 6. Technical issues.

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