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Use of a moving-bed ion-exchange column for plutonium purification; Utilisation d'une colonne echangeuse d'ions a lit mobile pour la purification du plutonium

Abstract

When large amounts of fissile matter have to be purified on ion exchange resins, it is difficult to use a fixed bed because of its limiting maximum size. With a moving bed it is possible to ensure a continuous production which can easily be integrated into a purification line on account of its large production capacity. The installation described in this report is derived from an American prototype designed for uranium separation. As a result of many modifications, it is suitable for the purification of plutonium several such columns will shortly be operating in various French centres. The moving bed column, which has a diameter of 25 mm, was first tried with the uranium-thorium mixture; then, after modifications on the plutonium-uranium mixture. The production capacity will depend on the plutonium concentration which can be tolerated in the effluents. It is possible to treat 150 gm/day of plutonium alone; the effluents obtained have a concentration of around of 1 mg/l. The plutonium-uranium separation is improved by a 5 N acidic rinsing as well as by a temperature increase. The decontamination factor increased from 14 in 7 N nitric acid solution to 115 in 5 N nitric acid solution. A temperature increase  More>>
Authors:
Sabatier, J [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1965
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2773
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 4 refs
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ION EXCHANGE MATERIALS; NITRIC ACID; PLUTONIUM; PURIFICATION; RESINS
OSTI ID:
20680255
Research Organizations:
CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses, 92 (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2773115145
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
28 pages
Announcement Date:
Jan 07, 2006

Citation Formats

Sabatier, J. Use of a moving-bed ion-exchange column for plutonium purification; Utilisation d'une colonne echangeuse d'ions a lit mobile pour la purification du plutonium. France: N. p., 1965. Web.
Sabatier, J. Use of a moving-bed ion-exchange column for plutonium purification; Utilisation d'une colonne echangeuse d'ions a lit mobile pour la purification du plutonium. France.
Sabatier, J. 1965. "Use of a moving-bed ion-exchange column for plutonium purification; Utilisation d'une colonne echangeuse d'ions a lit mobile pour la purification du plutonium." France.
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title = {Use of a moving-bed ion-exchange column for plutonium purification; Utilisation d'une colonne echangeuse d'ions a lit mobile pour la purification du plutonium}
author = {Sabatier, J}
abstractNote = {When large amounts of fissile matter have to be purified on ion exchange resins, it is difficult to use a fixed bed because of its limiting maximum size. With a moving bed it is possible to ensure a continuous production which can easily be integrated into a purification line on account of its large production capacity. The installation described in this report is derived from an American prototype designed for uranium separation. As a result of many modifications, it is suitable for the purification of plutonium several such columns will shortly be operating in various French centres. The moving bed column, which has a diameter of 25 mm, was first tried with the uranium-thorium mixture; then, after modifications on the plutonium-uranium mixture. The production capacity will depend on the plutonium concentration which can be tolerated in the effluents. It is possible to treat 150 gm/day of plutonium alone; the effluents obtained have a concentration of around of 1 mg/l. The plutonium-uranium separation is improved by a 5 N acidic rinsing as well as by a temperature increase. The decontamination factor increased from 14 in 7 N nitric acid solution to 115 in 5 N nitric acid solution. A temperature increase of about 20 C leads to a decontamination factor of over 500. This result is sufficient encouraging for the possibility of future installations operating in optimum temperature conditions, i.e. 60-65 C, to be considered. (author) [French] Des que l'on desire purifier sur resine echangeuse d'ions des quantites importantes de matieres fissiles, le lit fixe devient difficilement exploitable par suite des dimensions maximum possibles. Le lit mobile permet une production continue pouvant s'integrer facilement par sa capacite de traitement dans une chaine de purification. L'installation decrite dans ce rapport est derivee d'un prototype americain destine a la separation de l'uranium. De nombreuses modifications en font un ensemble utilisable pour la purification du plutonium; plusieurs colonnes vont fonctionner prochainement dans divers Centres francais. La colonne a lit mobile, de diametre 25 mm, a d'abord ete essayee avec le melange uranium-thorium; puis, apres modifications, sur le melange plutonium-uranium. La capacite de production sera fonction de la concentration en plutonium admissible dans les effluents. On peut traiter 150 g/jour de plutonium seul; les effluents obtenus ont une concentration, voisine de 1 mg/l. La separation plutonium-uranium est amelioree par un lavage a acidite 5 N ainsi que par une elevation de la temperature. Le facteur de decontamination est passe de 14 en milieu acide nitrique 7 N a 115 en milieu acide nitrique 5 N. Une elevation de temperature d'une vingtaine de degres permet d'obtenir un facteur de decontamination superieur a 500. Ce resultat est suffisant pour envisager des installations futures pouvant fonctionner dans des conditions optima de temperature, c'est-a-dire 60-65 C. (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1965}
month = {Jul}
}