Aims and Objectives
The Shielded Containment Cell (SCC) was required to protect operators involved in manipulating radioactive closed and open sources, related to the necessary analysis of nuclear material sampled in the field.
Historically some samples have been supplied that exceed radioactive levels that can be handled safely in a standard glove box.
Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd was engaged to design and manufacture a shielded containment that could operate as a glovebox in normal conditions, but if a higher radioactive activity sample is received, the cell can be remotely operated using tongs.
The plant consisted of a stainless steel shielded containment with 10mm lead shielding, clad with stainless steel. The containment was mounted on a stainless steel support frame. This support frame had an additional temporary bolt on frame that allowed it to become part of a lifting frame, that could be used for lifting the containment into position. Space restrictions in the laboratory prevented the use of additional lifting equipment.
The containment cell will protect operators involved in manipulating radioactive closed and open sources, related to the necessary analysis of nuclear material sampled in the field during inspections. This works by providing a safe containment box in which they can safely control and manipulate the radioactive substances, using appropriate equipment.
Upon specification, Aquila designed and manufactured a highly adaptable and flexible shielded containment cell. The cell provides a safe system in which operators can safely control and manipulate the radioactive substances they encounter, while delivering the client goals. The result, a safe pragmatic, cost effective solution.