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Spent Nuclear Fuel Safeguards

Course Difficulty: Moderate course that requires technical knowledge and has at least one prerequisite course.

Course Category: Nuclear Safeguards

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Module Description: This module describes the characteristics of spent nuclear fuel and the methods used to safeguard it.

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should have first completed the Basic Nuclear and Atomic Physics, The Nuclear Fuel Cycle, the Containment and Surveillance, and the Nuclear Material Accountancy modules.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this module students will have an understanding of the systems used to safeguard spent nuclear fuel. They will be able to describe the techniques, tools, and goals of spent nuclear fuel safeguards.

Outline: This module consists of the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Spent Nuclear Fuel Signatures
  3. Goals for SNF Safeguards
  4. Safeguards Verification with Spent Nuclear Fuel Signatures
  5. Safeguards Approaches
  6. Safeguards Equipment and Techniques for Spent Fuel
  7. Conclusion
  8. References

Each section contains reading material, videos, activities, and reference materials. The reading material includes a brief discussion of the subject matter, and the videos explore the subject in further detail. The student should complete the reading material, complete the activities, and watch the videos to get a full treatment of the subject matter.

A special thanks to Dr. David Sweeney for his help in producing this module.

This course was sponsored through a grant for Nuclear Safeguards Education Outreach through the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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