Design Considerations for Facility Decommissioning
The decommissioning of any nuclear facility is technically feasible. Unlike the disposal of most industrial plants which are routinely removed by demolition and salvage contractors, nuclear facility disposal, because of the radiation hazards, requires a more specialized controlled effort subject to ever increasing regulatory restrictions. Needed is a recognition of the decommissioning problem at the time of facility design so that design features which would simplify decommissioning can be incorporated. Though the addition of decommissioning aiding features will make the design more complex, such an approach during plant design will result in major savings. Government sponsored studies are currently being conducted which will lead to the establishment of design criteria for decommissioning nuclear facilities.
KeywordsConcrete Surface Nuclear Facility Expansion Joint Facility Design Equipment Installation
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