[ RadSafe ] distinguishing fuel form non-fuel debris

Rich, John John.Rich at fpl.com
Mon Sep 27 11:36:43 CDT 2010

Radsafers, we have a cleanup question.

We have a mixture of very old debris on the spent fuel pool floor.  It's pretty much all the same color, and pretty much visually indistinguishable as to its original source.  As you can imagine dose rates vary all over the map.  The problem is distinguishing fuel from non-fuel.

It's not practical to run small quantities through an MCI, so I'm looking for help on making a reasonable distinction.  The original assumption was that if the dose rate is low it's not fuel.  But if the dose rate is comparatively high, then it could be a fuel fragment, or a Co-60 fragment, or some such.  We've considered analyses that take radiodecay and sample size into account to develop a baseline.  (Haven't performed the analyses yet, though.)

I'd appreciate some feedback on this.  Thanx in advance  - - jmr

John Rich
772-467-7000 #4103

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