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Systems and methods for processing irradiation targets through a nuclear reactor

United States Patent

May 3, 2016
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Apparatuses and methods produce radioisotopes in instrumentation tubes of operating commercial nuclear reactors. Irradiation targets may be inserted and removed from instrumentation tubes during operation and converted to radioisotopes otherwise unavailable during operation of commercial nuclear reactors. Example apparatuses may continuously insert, remove, and store irradiation targets to be converted to useable radioisotopes or other desired materials at several different origin and termination points accessible outside an access barrier such as a containment building, drywell wall, or other access restriction preventing access to instrumentation tubes during operation of the nuclear plant.
Dayal; Yogeshwar (San Jose, CA), Saito; Earl F. (Wilmington, NC), Berger; John F. (Wilmington, NC), Brittingham; Martin W. (Wilmington, NC), Morales; Stephen K. (Wilmington, NC), Hare; Jeffrey M. (Wilmington, NC)
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC (Wilmington, NC)
13/ 339,345
December 28, 2011
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC52-09NA29626, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.