ASTM-C1533 Standard Guide for General Design Considerations for Hot Cell Equipment

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1.1.1 The intent of this guide is to provide general design and operating considerations for the safe and dependable operation of remotely operated hot cell equipment. Hot cell equipment is hardware used to handle, process, or analyze nuclear or radioactive material in a shielded room. The equipment is placed behind radiation shield walls and cannot be directly accessed by the operators or by maintenance personnel because of the radiation exposure hazards. Therefore, the equipment is operated remotely, either with or without the aid of viewing.

1.1.2 This guide may apply to equipment in other radioactive remotely operated facilities such as suited entry repair areas, canyons or caves, but does not apply to equipment used in commercial power reactors.

1.1.3 This guide does not apply to equipment used in gloveboxes.

1.2 Caveats:

1.2.1 This guide does not address considerations relating to the design, construction, operation, or safety of hot cells, caves, canyons, or other similar remote facilities. This guide deals only with equipment intended for use in hot cells.

1.2.2 Specific design and operating considerations are found in other ASTM documents.

1.2.3 The system of units employed in this guide shall be the inch-pound unit, also known as U.S. Customary Units. These units are commonly used in the United States of America and defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including certain other units accepted for use with these terms.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.

Significance and Use

The purpose of this guide is to provide general guidelines for the design and operation of hot cell equipment to ensure longevity and reliability throughout the period of service.

It is intended that this guide record the general conditions and practices that experience has shown is necessary to minimize equipment failures and maximize the effectiveness and utility of hot cell equipment. It is also intended to alert designers to those features that are highly desirable for the selection of equipment that has proven reliable in high radiation environments.

This guide is intended as a supplement to other standards, and to federal and state regulations, codes, and criteria applicable to the design of equipment intended for hot cell use.

This guide is intended to be generic and to apply to a wide range of types and configurations of hot cell equipment.


equipment; guide; hot cell; ICS Number Code 27.120.10 (Reactor engineering)

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2015 R22 EDITION



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July 29, 2022

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11 pages

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