All metal filter modules (AMFM), developed by Dominion Engineering, Inc. (DEI) and offered by Westinghouse, were originally intended to collect large quantities of activated corrosion products liberated during ultrasonic fuel cleaning activities. While still in use for those applications, AMFMs are also now being installed as a cost-effective alternative to plastic filters for general filtration and vacuuming applications in the spent fuel pool and reactor cavity.
The capacity for high activity particulate removal through a single AMFM has been demonstrated to be equivalent to that from hundreds of plastic filters. For typical applications, a single AMFM is suitable for many years of service, eliminating costly handling and disposal of plastic filters.
AMFM internals showing high-capacity, sintered metal filtration media (0.5 micron rating)
AMFMs are radiation tolerant, corrosion resistant, and are packaged with the same form factor and interfaces as a fuel assembly. They can be easily handled using plant-installed equipment and can be stored underwater in the spent fuel pool for extended periods (allowing for decay of collected activity). AMFMs with exhausted capacity can be disposed of in dry storage casks, either during plant decommissioning or during transfer of used fuel or other non-fuel waste to dry storage.
Patented AMFM design offers a high-capacity filter with the same form factor and interfaces as a fuel assembly
Westinghouse has more than 30 years of global chemical decontamination and effluent waste processing experience, supporting operating and decommissioning nuclear power plants, as well as Department of Energy and National Lab sites. Our variety of processes and systems allows Westinghouse to offer customized solutions suited to a customer’s specific need.
Westinghouse has performed more than 300 BWR system decontaminations including all operating systems, fuel pool cooling (FPC) systems, recirculation pumps, moisture separators and FPC and reactor water cleanup (RWCU) heat exchangers.