Ultrasonic Backscattering as a Fingerprint Technique for Identity and Integrity Verification of Components

  • Herbert H. Willems
  • Esther Wogatzki


During the interim storage of spent fuel rods the verification of the identity as well as of the integrity of special shielding casks containing final disposal packages has to be guaranteed by applying appropriate safeguards measures over a period of up to 50 years until a geological repository goes into operation. The casks to be verified are made of cast iron (GGG 40) and consist of the actual final disposal package and a cylindrical shielding cask with a height of about 6 m and a diameter of about 1.5 m which is closed with a screwed-on lid. It is planned to link the lid to the cask by a short weld seam, so that the lid can only be removed by destroying the weld. The identification of the weld allows for statements on the integrity of the cask as well as on its identity. The latter is, in addition, supported by non-reproducible cask characteristics.


Weld Seam Ductile Cast Iron Ultrasonic Pulse Backscattering Signal Verification Task 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert H. Willems
    • 1
  • Esther Wogatzki
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institute for Nondestructive Testing UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-ServiceHannoverGermany

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