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New Systems for Waste Processing of Tritium-Containing Gases at the Savannah River Site

A. S. Poore, W. D. Jacobs

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 48 / Number 1 / July 2005 / Pages 298-301

Technical Paper / Tritium Science and Technology - Tritium Handling Facilities

A project to relocate and consolidate tritium processing activities from old, second generation buildings to newer buildings was initiated in the late 1990's at the Savannah River Site. The new waste gas processing systems located in the newer facility utilize recent technology, including metal getters, an innovative permeator design, and TCAP (Thermal Cycling Absorption Process) technology for removal of residual tritium prior to releasing the effluent to the environment. Startup testing results (using protium and deuterium) and corresponding lessons learned for these systems are presented. These systems have since successfully completed tritium startup testing and are operational.

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