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  • 1) Operates series of high pressure autoclaves to test fabricated uranium fuel elements for leakage and ruptures in zirconium cladding and weld: Loads fuel elements in metal baskets and places baskets into tank of autoclave, using crane.

  • 2) Closes tank lid, using torque wrench.

  • 3) Turns valve to admit specified amount of water into tank, and closes exhaust outlet of tank.

  • 4) Activates electric heating element, adjust control knobs, and observes gauges to obtain specified temperature and pressure.

  • 5) Monitors gauges to prevent rise in temperature and listens for alarm signal that indicates leak or rupture of one or more fuel elements.

  • 6) Presses button to cut off heat elements, opens exhaust water valve to dump hot water, and opens valve to admit cold water to cool elements.

  • 7) Opens autoclave, removes basket, and replaces tested elements.

  • 8) Records serial number of ruptured elements.

  • 9) Periodically tests quality of deionized water in autoclave, using special equipment.




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Job Number: 428