An Assaying System for HTGR Fuel Compacts

Author(s): Kenneth A. Zimmermann
Sponsor(s): IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 January 1964
Volume: 11
Page(s): 319 - 322
ISSN (Paper): 0018-9499
ISSN (Online): 1558-1578
DOI: 10.1109/TNS.1964.4323363



An automatic gamma scanning apparatus to determine U-235 content in fuel compacts is described. Two automatic scanners, controlled by a logic unit, drive each compact past a NaI(Tl) scintillation detector. Pulse-height selection permits counting only the emitted 184 KEV gamma-rays. After each scan, a scaler containing the total count is gated off and a readout cycle initiated. Comparison logic analyzes the count in terms of 4 values set into the system by selector switches. The interrogation circuits then decide the percentage of fuel loading relative to a standard element and indicate this to the operator. Simultaneously, the scaler count is printed on paper tape. Possible errors are considered and these are correlated with test results.