Defective Spent Fuel Management at the Vinca Institute

 A.A. Samsonov, S.V. Amosov, A.A. Ivaschenko 

Nuclear & Enviromental Safety, №1, 2011 (special edition) 


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The key component of the project to repatriate the spent fuel from the Serbian RA reactor was preparation to ship the non-leaktight spent fuel assemblies. The problems normally associated with the handling of such fuel were further exacerbated, among other things, by the lack of necessary equipment and insufficient qualifications of Serbian personnel. It took four years of high-intensity work to address all these issues successfully: the process was developed, equipment manufactured, casks delivered, personnel trained and spent fuel fully prepared for safe transportation.

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