ASTM C1533 - 08

    Standard Guide for General Design Considerations for Hot Cell Equipment

    Active Standard ASTM C1533 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    Significance and Use

    The purpose of this guide is to provide general guidelines for the design and operation of hot cell equipment to ensure longevity and reliability throughout the period of service.

    It is intended that this guide record the general conditions and practices that experience has shown is necessary to minimize equipment failures and maximize the effectiveness and utility of hot cell equipment. It is also intended to alert designers to those features that are highly desirable for the selection of equipment that has proven reliable in high radiation environments.

    This guide is intended as a supplement to other standards, and to federal and state regulations, codes, and criteria applicable to the design of equipment intended for hot cell use.

    This guide is intended to be generic and to apply to a wide range of types and configurations of hot cell equipment.

    1. Scope

    1.1 Intent:

    1.1.1 The intent of this guide is to provide general design and operating considerations for the safe and dependable operation of remotely operated hot cell equipment. Hot cell equipment is hardware used to handle, process, or analyze nuclear or radioactive material in a shielded room. The equipment is placed behind radiation shield walls and cannot be directly accessed by the operators or by maintenance personnel because of the radiation exposure hazards. Therefore, the equipment is operated remotely, either with or without the aid of viewing.

    1.1.2 This guide may apply to equipment in other radioactive remotely operated facilities such as suited entry repair areas, canyons or caves, but does not apply to equipment used in commercial power reactors.

    1.1.3 This guide does not apply to equipment used in gloveboxes.

    1.2 Applicability:

    1.2.1 This guide is intended for persons who are tasked with the planning, design, procurement, fabrication, installation, or testing of equipment used in remote hot cell environments.

    1.2.2 The equipment will generally be used over a long-term life cycle (for example, in excess of two years), but equipment intended for use over a shorter life cycle is not excluded.

    1.2.3 The system of units employed in this standard is the metric unit, also known as SI Units, which are commonly used for International Systems, and defined by IEEE/ASTM SI 10: American National Standard for Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System.

    1.3 Caveats:

    1.3.1 This guide does not address considerations relating to the design, construction, operation, or safety of hot cells, caves, canyons, or other similar remote facilities. This guide deals only with equipment intended for use in hot cells.

    1.3.2 Specific design and operating considerations are found in other ASTM documents.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A193/A193M Specification for Alloy-Steel and Stainless Steel Bolting for High Temperature or High Pressure Service and Other Special Purpose Applications

    A240/A240M Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications

    A276 Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes

    A320/A320M Specification for Alloy-Steel and Stainless Steel Bolting for Low-Temperature Service

    A354 Specification for Quenched and Tempered Alloy Steel Bolts, Studs, and Other Externally Threaded Fasteners

    A479/A479M Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes for Use in Boilers and Other Pressure Vessels

    A489 Specification for Carbon Steel Lifting Eyes

    A490 Specification for Structural Bolts, Alloy Steel, Heat Treated, 150 ksi Minimum Tensile Strength

    C859 Terminology Relating to Nuclear Materials

    C1217 Guide for Design of Equipment for Processing Nuclear and Radioactive Materials

    C1554 Guide for Materials Handling Equipment for Hot Cells

    C1572 Guide for Dry Lead Glass and Oil-Filled Lead Glass Radiation Shielding Window Components for Remotely Operated Facilities

    C1615 Guide for Mechanical Drive Systems for Remote Operation in Hot Cell Facilities

    C1661 Guide for Viewing Systems for Remotely Operated Facilities

    D676 Method of Test for Indentation of Rubber by Means of a Durometer; Replaced by D 2240

    D5144 Guide for Use of Protective Coating Standards in Nuclear Power Plants

    E170 Terminology Relating to Radiation Measurements and Dosimetry

    F593 Specification for Stainless Steel Bolts, Hex Cap Screws, and Studs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.120.10 (Reactor engineering)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26142100(Nuclear reactor equipment)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C1533-08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1533-08, Standard Guide for General Design Considerations for Hot Cell Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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