Automation of a TRIGA-type pneumatic transfer system
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The pneumatic transfer system (PTS) of the Jožef Stefan Institute’s TRIGA Mark II research reactor was modernized. The main goals of the PTS’s renewal were to improve the overall quality of the irradiations, to increase the level of safety and to improve the timing precision. To lower the costs and to facilitate the licensing process, this upgrade was made with the minimum possible intervention with respect to the existing tubing connections. The upgrade involves only two new mechanical components: a terminal station and an automated capsule loader. A similar solution can be applied to any TRIGA-type PTS.
KeywordsTRIGA Irradiation Neutron activation analysis Automation Pneumatic transfer system
The project was financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency (Program No. P2-0075) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (Contract No. 17279). The authors thank the JSI’s Department of Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics for design and construction of the system.
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