Radiochemical Engineering Development CenterMay 30, 2013
The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) comprises two facilities – Building 7920 and Building 7930. Building 7920 was designed and built as a hot cell facility that also houses glove box laboratories for radiological work, laboratories for nonradiological work, and a chemical make up area. Building 7920 is classified as a Category 2 nuclear facility. The building is a two-level structure containing heavily shielded hot cells, hot cell support areas, laboratories, a high bay area, and an office wing.
Building 7930 was designed and built as a hot cell facility with glove box laboratory capabilities for radiological work and chemical makeup laboratories. Building 7930 is classified as a Category 2 nuclear facility. The building is a three-level structure with a basement containing heavily shielded hot cells, hot cell support areas, laboratories, a high bay area, and an office wing.
Both facilities are served by many of the same utility supply systems and support organizations that serve the Melton Valley Area.
- Transuranium element product recovery
- Cf, Bk, Es, and Fm production and research
- Am/Cm separations and purification processing
- Target design and fabrication
- Research and development of miscellaneous radiochemical processing operations
- Distribution of select radioisotopes throughout the world
| Hot Cells || 7920: 9 hot cells with associated tanks |
7930: 7 hot cells
| Viewing Window || 7920: Lead glass and mineral oil |
7930: Lead glass with zinc bromide
| Cell Construction || High-density concrete used for front, rear, and top shielding |
| Ventilation || All primary and secondary confine-ment systems exhaust streams are HEPA filtered |
| Services Available || Process and service compressed gases, air, demineralized water, process water, recirculating heating and cooling water, steam, vacuum, and electrical services |
| Intercell movement || Pneumatic transfer system between facilities |
7920: Pneumatic motor driven intercell conveyer system
7930: Pneumatic transfer tube system
| Material Handling || Master-slave manipulators and glove boxes |