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ISED Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory


Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory 


The Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory (IFEL), Building 3525, was designed and constructed in 1963 to permit the safe handling of increasing levels of radiation in the chemical, physical, and metallurgical examination of nuclear reactor fuel elements and reactor parts. A two-story building with a partial basement, the IFEL is classified a Category 2 nuclear facility.






• Receipt and handling of irradiated materials

  (fuel or nonfuel in shielded casks)

• Capsule disassembly

• Nondestructive and destructive testing of irradiated materials

• Full-length light water reactor

  fuel post-irradiation examination

• Repackaging of spent nuclear fuel

• Packaging and shipment of irradiated materials

  (on-site and off-site)

• Examination and testing activities such as metrology;

  metallographic sample preparation by sectioning, grinding,

  and polishing; optical and electron microscopy; gamma

  spectrometry; and other physical and mechanical properties

  evaluations as needed

• Safety testing of high temperature gas reactor (HTGR) fuel

• Automated sorting and analysis of HTGR fuel particles using

  gamma spectrometry

• Testing grid pinching and lateral constraint effects on spent

  nuclear fuel during transportation

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IMET was constructed to permit the safe handling of radiation in nuclear reactor fuel elements and parts
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Workstations in the horseshoe-shaped building
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Viewing windows, each with a set of manipulators


Take a closer look at the Irradiated Fuels Examination (IFEL) Facility Sheet