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Verification of Source Term Analysis System for Decommissioning Wastes From a CANDU Reactor

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Dong-Keun Cho, GwangMin Sun, JongWon Choi

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Donghyeun Hwang, Hak-Soo Kim, Tae-Won Hwang

Nuclear Engineering & Technology Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Paper No. ICEM2010-40202, pp. 435-439; 5 pages
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Tsukuba, Japan, October 3–7, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5452-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3888-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


There are now twenty commercial nuclear power reactors operating as of May 2010 in South Korea. As nuclear capacity becomes higher and installations age, the Korean government and industry have launched R&D to estimate appropriate decommissioning costs of power reactors. In this paper, MCNP/ORIGEN2 code system which is being developed as a source term evaluation tool was verified by comparing the estimated nuclide inventory from MCNP/ORIGEN2 simulation with the measured nuclide inventory from chemical assay in an irradiated pressure tube discharged from Wolsong Unit 1 in 1994. Equilibrium core model of Wolsoung unit 1 was used as a neutron source to activate in-core and ex-core structural components. As a result, the estimated values from the analysis system agreed with measured data within 20% difference. Therefore, it can be concluded that MCNP/ORIGEN system could be a reliable tool to estimate source terms of decommissioning wastes from CANDU reactor, although this system assumes constant flux irradiation and snapshot equilibrium core model as a reference core.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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