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Radiochemical Engineering Development Center


The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) comprises two facilities – Building 7920 and Building 7930. Building 7920 was designed and built as a hot cell facility that also houses glove box laboratories for radiological work, laboratories for nonradiological work, and a chemical make up area. Building 7920 is classified as a Category 2 nuclear facility. The building is a two-level structure containing heavily shielded hot cells, hot cell support areas, laboratories, a high bay area, and an office wing.

Building 7930 was designed and built as a hot cell facility with glove box laboratory capabilities for radiological work and chemical makeup laboratories. Building 7930 is classified as a Category 2 nuclear facility. The building is a three-level structure with a basement containing heavily shielded hot cells, hot cell support areas, laboratories, a high bay area, and an office wing.

Both facilities are served by many of the same utility supply systems and support organizations that serve the Melton Valley Area.

Applications

  • Transuranium element product recovery
  • Cf, Bk, Es, and Fm production and research
  • Am/Cm separations and purification processing
  • Target design and fabrication
  • Research and development of miscellaneous radiochemical processing operations
  • Distribution of select radioisotopes throughout the world

Specifications

Hot Cells 7920: 9 hot cells with associated tanks
7930: 7 hot cells
Viewing Window 7920: Lead glass and mineral oil
7930: Lead glass with zinc bromide
Cell Construction High-density concrete used for front, rear, and top shielding
Ventilation All primary and secondary confine-ment systems exhaust streams are HEPA filtered
Services Available Process and service compressed gases, air, demineralized water, process water, recirculating heating and cooling water,  steam, vacuum, and electrical services
Intercell movement Pneumatic transfer system between facilities
7920: Pneumatic motor driven intercell conveyer system
7930: Pneumatic transfer tube system
Material Handling Master-slave manipulators and glove boxes

 

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