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May/June 2010
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Tomographic Gamma Scanning

Invented in the early 1990s, the tomographic gamma scanner is used in the nondestructive assay of radioactive waste contained in drums or cans. In the last 10 years, TGS technology has been industrialized, with systems operating in South Korea, the United States and Europe.

A new ASTM International test provides users with a means of streamlining TGS procedures and practices, and it will be useful to auditors in ensuring that proper procedures are followed in performing waste assays.

The new standard, C1718, Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Radioactive Material by Tomographic Gamma Scanning, was developed by Subcommittee C26.10 on Nondestructive Assay, part of ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

According to Ram Venkataraman, director, applied research group, Canberra Industries Inc., and chairman, C26.10, C1718 will be used by facilities that generate radioactive waste and want to identify and quantify the radionuclides in the waste. The standard is applicable to the assay of waste streams containing special nuclear materials such as plutonium and uranium, and activation products and fission products that are generated by nuclear power plants.

“Facilities that generate radioactive waste, such as Department of Energy laboratories in the United States and similar facilities in other countries, as well as nuclear power plants, will want to use this standard if they opt to employ a TGS system to perform waste assays,” says Venkataraman.

Facility operators who use TGS systems and techniques are encouraged to participate in C26.10 activities to maintain and revise C1718.

CONTACT

Technical Information: Ram Venkataraman, Canberra Industries Inc., Meriden, Conn.

Phone: 203-639-2514

ASTM Staff: Joe Koury

Phone: 610-832-9804