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​​​​POST-IRRADIATION EXAMINATION


HFEF.pngThe Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) is a multi-program hot cell facility. There are two adjacent shielded hot cells (the main cell and decontamination cell), a shielded metallography box, an unshielded hot repair area, and a waste-characterization area. HFEF provides shielding and containment for remote examination, processing, and handling of highly radioactive and TRU-bearing materials in its argon-atmosphere hot cells, unshielded labs, support areas and special equipment for handling, examining, and testing of highly radioactive materials.


Basic Capabilities:

  • Nondestructive and destructive post-irradiation examination of irradiated samples in two large, heavily shielded hot cells

    • Machining and disassembly of fuel and material experiments

    • Neutron radiography/neutron tomography

    • Visual examination and dimensional examination

    • Gamma scanning/gamma tomography

    • Fission-gas-release measurement

    • Sample preparation for metallography, chemical and isotopic analysis, and optical microscopy

  • Mechanical testing of irradiated fuels and materials

  • Bench-scale electrochemical separations research

  • Handling and loading facilities capable of receiving large shipping casks and fuel pins up to 13 feet long

  • Furnaces for simulating accident conditions at temperatures up to 2,000°C for extended periods of time


Instruments:​ ​

  
  
  
  
  
  
NRADHot Fuel Examination Facilityhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Hot%20Fuel%20Examination%20Facility/250%20kW%20TRIGA%20Neutron%20Radiography%20Reactor.aspx
  
PGSHot Fuel Examination Facilityhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Hot%20Fuel%20Examination%20Facility/Precision%20gross%20and%20isotopic%20gamma%20scanning.aspx
  
GASRHot Fuel Examination FacilityGASR
  
FACSHot Fuel Examination Facilityhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Hot%20Fuel%20Examination%20Facility/Fuel%20accident%20condition%20simulator%20furnace.aspx
  
Hot Fuel Examination Facilityhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Hot%20Fuel%20Examination%20Facility/Instron%20Remote%20Load%20Frame.aspx


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