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Preston, J.A.
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The status of HEU to LEU core conversion activities at the Jamaica SLOWPOKE
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Canadian Nuclear Society and IAEA 2nd Technical Meeting on Small Reactors
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November 7-9, 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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http:; pubs.aecl.ca/doi/pdfplus/10.12943/ANR.2012.00019
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Abstract
The SLOWPOKE reactor in Jamaica has been operated by the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, University of the West Indies since 1984, mainly for the purpose of Neutron Activation Analysis. The HEU core with current utilization has another 14 years of operation, before the addition of a large beryllium annulus would be required to further extend the life-time by 15 years. However, in keeping with the spirit of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program, the decision was taken in 2003 to convert the core from HEU to LEU, in line with those at the École Polytechnic and RMC SLOWPOKE facilities. This paper reports on the current status of the conversion activities, including key fuel manufacture and regulatory issues, which have seen substantial progress during the last year. A timetable for the complete process is given, and provided that the fuel fabrication can be completed in the estimated 18 months, the core conversion should be accomplished by the end of 2014.....
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