SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1958

A Technique for Gamma Radiographic Inspection of Parallel-Plate Fuel Assemblies


Using a 0.005-in. diameter tungsten wire, a line radiation source of tungsten-185 was prepared by neutron activation. Parallel wires mounted in a holder which fits into the coolant channel were used to locate the core alloy edge, necking, and defects in the core for two adjacent fuel plates in a multiplate assembly.

From the radiation energy viewpoint, thulium-170 was a more suitable radiation source. Thulium is not available, however, as wire, and a development program for the production of uniform diameter thulium wire would be necessary.

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Calkins, G., D.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, Ohio
Pobereskin, M.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, Ohio
Price, R., B.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, Ohio
Atomics International, Canoga Park, Calif.
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Developed by Committee: E07
Pages: 382–390
DOI: 10.1520/STP42017S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5948-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6102-3