Muon Imaging Applications for Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning
In the UK nuclear industry, muon imaging is gaining traction as a credible option in the toolkit of techniques for monitoring and inspection of waste packages arising from decommissioning activities across the
UK nuclear estate. Since 2009, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory has collaborated with the University
of Glasgow and Lynkeos Technology Ltd. to develop muon imaging techniques for such applications. In
this paper, we review our experiences in imaging typical waste forms such as vitrified products and corroded sludge. The requirements and expectations of stakeholders and plant operators with regard to waste
monitoring are examined, and the constraints and challenges of deploying and operating muon detection
instruments on nuclear-licensed sites are discussed.
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