ASTM C1725 - 10

    Standard Guide for Hot Cell Specialized Support Equipment and Tools

    Active Standard ASTM C1725 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    Significance and Use

    This guide is relevant to the design of specialized support equipment and tools that are remotely operated, maintained, or viewed through shielding windows, or combinations thereof, or by other remote viewing systems.

    Hot cells contain substances and processes that may be extremely hazardous to personnel or the external environment, or both. Process safety and reliability are improved with successful design, installation, and operation of specialized mechanical and support equipment.

    Use of this guide in the design of specialized mechanical and support equipment can reduce costs, improve productivity, reduce failed hardware replacement time, and provide a standardized design approach.

    1. Scope

    1.1 Intent:

    1.1.1 This guide presents practices and guidelines for the design and implementation of equipment and tools to assist assembly, disassembly, alignment, fastening, maintenance, or general handling of equipment in a hot cell. Operating in a remote hot cell environment significantly increases the difficulty and time required to perform a task compared to completing a similar task directly by hand. Successful specialized support equipment and tools minimize the required effort, reduce risks, and increase operating efficiencies.

    1.2 Applicability:

    1.2.1 This guide may apply to the design of specialized support equipment and tools anywhere it is remotely operated, maintained, and viewed through shielding windows or by other remote viewing systems.

    1.2.2 Consideration should be given to the need for specialized support equipment and tools early in the design process.

    1.2.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 Caveats:

    1.3.1 This guide is generic in nature and addresses a wide range of remote working configurations. Other acceptable and proven international configurations exist and provide options for engineer and designer consideration. Specific designs are not a substitute for applied engineering skills, proven practices, or experience gained in any specific situation.

    1.3.2 This guide does not supersede federal or state regulations, or both, or codes applicable to equipment under any conditions.

    1.3.3 This guide 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 limitations 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

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

    A453/A453M Specification for High-Temperature Bolting, with Expansion Coefficients Comparable to Austenitic Stainless Steels

    A962/A962M Specification for Common Requirements for Bolting Intended for Use at Any Temperature from Cryogenic to the Creep Range

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

    C1533 Guide for General Design Considerations for Hot Cell Equipment

    C1554 Guide for Materials Handling Equipment for Hot Cells

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

    C1661 Guide for Viewing Systems for Remotely Operated Facilities

    Federal Regulations

    10CFR830.120 Subpart A, Nuclear Safety Management, Quality Assurance Requirements


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.120.10 (Reactor engineering)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26142100(Nuclear reactor equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/C1725-10

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