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Title: Monitoring of tritium

Abstract

The fluid from a breeder nuclear reactor, which may be the sodium cooling fluid or the helium reactor-cover-gas, or the helium coolant of a gas-cooled reactor passes over the portion of the enclosure of a gaseous discharge device which is permeable to hydrogen and its isotopes. The tritium diffused into the discharge device is radioactive producing beta rays which ionize the gas (argon) in the discharge device. The tritium is monitored by measuring the ionization current produced when the sodium phase and the gas phase of the hydrogen isotopes within the enclosure are in equilibrium.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Turtle Creek, PA)
  2. (Greensburg, PA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
863770
Patent Number(s):
4244783
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
E(11-1)-3045
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
monitoring; tritium; fluid; breeder; nuclear; reactor; sodium; cooling; helium; reactor-cover-gas; coolant; gas-cooled; passes; portion; enclosure; gaseous; discharge; device; permeable; hydrogen; isotopes; diffused; radioactive; producing; beta; rays; ionize; gas; argon; monitored; measuring; ionization; current; produced; phase; equilibrium; current produced; beta rays; gas-cooled reactor; hydrogen isotope; cooling fluid; discharge device; gas phase; nuclear reactor; hydrogen isotopes; beta ray; producing beta; helium coolant; breeder nuclear; cooled reactor; /376/310/313/324/976/

Citation Formats

Corbett, James A., and Meacham, Sterling A. Monitoring of tritium. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Corbett, James A., & Meacham, Sterling A. Monitoring of tritium. United States.
Corbett, James A., and Meacham, Sterling A. Thu . "Monitoring of tritium". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863770.
@article{osti_863770,
title = {Monitoring of tritium},
author = {Corbett, James A. and Meacham, Sterling A.},
abstractNote = {The fluid from a breeder nuclear reactor, which may be the sodium cooling fluid or the helium reactor-cover-gas, or the helium coolant of a gas-cooled reactor passes over the portion of the enclosure of a gaseous discharge device which is permeable to hydrogen and its isotopes. The tritium diffused into the discharge device is radioactive producing beta rays which ionize the gas (argon) in the discharge device. The tritium is monitored by measuring the ionization current produced when the sodium phase and the gas phase of the hydrogen isotopes within the enclosure are in equilibrium.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {1}
}

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