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Published on March 22, 2018

Oregon State University: Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) on Nuclear Fuels

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The Radiation Detection and Measurement group at Oregon State University has built a laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system to perform timely 2D elemental analysis on irradiation nuclear fuel samples. The goal is to develop and demonstrate the capability to characterize highly radioactive nuclear fuel materials in hot cell or glove-box environments in near real-time. By integrating two of Zaber's X-LSM Series of linear stages into an XY configuration, our sample holder can be moved in the XY plane with high precision and repeatability. This is crucial in building a 2D elemental distribution across the sample. According to the end-user, "Zaber's stages are reliable and easy to control through LabVIEW, which is appreciated during remote operations. Zaber's customer support was timely and informative."

About the Radiation Detection and Measurement Group at Oregon State University

Founded in 1959, the Oregon State College of Engineering's School of Nuclear Science and Engineering boasts a global influence and is one of the top programs in the United States. The research interests of their Radiation Detection and Measurement group include non-destructive interrogation, innovative radiation sensors, and general applications of radiation detection techniques. Exemplary research activities include: muon tomography imaging system for monitoring spent nuclear fuel assemblies inside dry storage casks, using photon-induced fission to detect concealed special nuclear material, laser technologies for material characterization in PIE, and nuclear safeguards and nuclear forensics.

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Spectroscopy (LIBS) system 1 Spectroscopy (LIBS) system 2