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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-69

Identification of the contributors (Ag-110 m) for higher radiation field on primary heat transport system of Tarapur Atomic Power Station-3 and its impact on collective dose

1 Health Physics Unit, Tarapur Atomic Power Station-3 and 4, Tarapur Maharashtra Site, TAPP, Palghar, Maharashtra, India
2 Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, Head Quarter, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Villas Mahadev Sonwalkar
Health Physics Unit, Tarapur Atomic Power Station -3and 4, Tarapur Maharashtra Site, TAPP, Palghar - 401 504, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_5_18

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Tarapur Atomic Power Station-3 is 540 MWe pressurized heavy water reactor in India, it achieved first criticality on May 5, 2006 and then operated at full power. The control of dose rates and collective dose of radiation worker is most important for the best performance of reactor. This article discusses the sudden rise in radiation levels on primary heat transport (PHT) pipelines and equipment. The radionuclide contributed to high radiation levels was Ag-110 m. Finding obtained during the route cause analysis used for the station operation and removal of Ag-110 m from PHT system using special type of resin (macroporous). The purification of the system using special type of resin has been enhanced. Ag-110 m activity in the PHT fluid has been controlled. PHT pipelines and equipment shielded for exposure control. The postirradiation examination of steam generator (SG) manhole gasket showed the presence of sulfur. The PHT fluid sample analysis revealed the presence of oil content in PHT fluid which was ingressed from buffer tank and FT D2O tank in PHT system. Oil containing sulfur was responsible for erosion of silver from SG manhole gasket in the form of silver sulfide and its ultimate transport to reactor core and neutron activation of silver.

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