Vogtle Reactor Head Shielding

January 9, 2023

In 2021, Vogtle reached out to NPO to help develop a new shielding package for around the reactor head. Their current system consisted of two rings: one under the head, and one around the outside of the head. Each of these shield rings used 1’ x 6’ 60 lb lead wool blankets. These shielding systems […]

Primary Sample Panel Shielding

September 10, 2021

South Texas Project had long used lead wool blankets to shield their Primary Sample Panel, an area of the site within Chemistry that sees a lot of traffic. These lead wool blankets were affixed to the Primary Sample Panel via independent high strength magnets that attached to the grommets. With the blankets turned on their […]

Pressurizer Spray Line Shielding

June 9, 2021

  South Texas Project required new shielding for a section of the pressurizer spray line. Though the area looks small, the total shield weight was around 850 lb. This was due to the 6.5″ diameter of the pipe and the 1.5″ thick shielding pieces. But despite the size and weight of the pieces, installation was […]

T-Flex Blankets

February 10, 2021

How many lead wool blankets does your site deploy every outage? Despite best efforts, do your lead blankets look sloppy while draped over pipes and hot spots or seem mashed and bent around corners and tight spaces? How long have they been there?  How are they handling the use and abuse? Lead wool blankets, while […]

Permanent Pipe Shielding for Davis-Besse

November 17, 2020

NPO was brought on to provide shielding for Mechanical Penetrations Room No. 1 at Davis-Besse. This room featured a variety of pipe runs with many valves, bends, and reductions throughout as well as many hot spots. Using a combination of drawing information and practical measurements taken on site, NPO provided a shielding package using T-Flex […]

Magnetic ARGOS Booth Shielding

September 3, 2020

Byron had an issue with an ARGOS Zeus unit in the main exit area of the RCA. Background gamma radiation from a line in the overhead was shining down and causing false alarms on the gamma detectors to the point of making the unit inoperable. Due to the position of the Argos unit it was […]

Boiler Plate Shields

April 28, 2020

Inside the steam generators of CANDU nuclear power plants, a divider plate separates the hot leg from the cold leg. Dozens of bolts hold this divider plate together, and these bolts trap hot particles that are a major source of radiation during inspections. NPO designed magnetic shielding designed to fit around each bolt. Since it […]

Vertical Storage Cask Gap Shielding

November 7, 2019

“Discrete exposure savings listed at 41 mrem. However, the shielding also provided critical radiological configuration control during this high profile first time evolution.” -Timothy Bigler, Point Beach Nuclear Point Beach was set to perform a Vertical Storage Cask inspection and required shielding for the VCC/MSB gap created when the shield ring was removed. The need […]

RadVision3D – LaSalle Case Study

May 31, 2018

In the scope of one job, LaSalle Generating Station saved 12 Rem through the use of 3D gamma radiation source mapping and intervention analysis, RadVision3D. The Reactor Water Cleanup valve is an Anchor Darling valve that needed to be breached and have the internals replaced during a refuel outage. It is located in a locked high […]

Bellows Shielding

March 13, 2018

For BWR plants, shielding the inner bellows is particularly challenging. During refueling operation the concrete shield plugs above the reactor well are removed and replaced by water. This water filled gap becomes a source for both radiation and contamination. NPO designed a specialized system to address the concerns with shielding this area. Some of the […]