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Dosage of plutonium by isotopic dilution in irradiated fuels; Dosage du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies

Abstract

Plutonium determination in irradiated fuels has been carried out for several years by isotopic dilution by Sebaci and SSM in collaboration. SECACI has made available to the SSM the necessary space and equipment in its Fontenay laboratories. This work has shown the importance of the valency cycle which should make it possible to obtain a uniform isotopic distribution in sample tracer mixtures, and also a satisfactory U/Pu separation. Now it has been noticed that the presence of an excess of uranium considerably modifies the oxidation-reduction reaction kinetics of the plutonium. We have therefore been led to change certain parts of the operational technique so as to have an efficient cycle and to thereby improve the U/Pu separation; the stability of the thermionic emission of the plutonium, connected to the quantity of residual uranium, has at the same time been improved and we can now carry out more precise isotopic analyses. We have also tried to eliminate as far as possible the isotopic contaminations by:using a more rational operational method; the equipment used has been the object of a special study. The evaporations are carried out so as to prevent the formation of saturated vapours inside the glove box. The material  More>>
Authors:
Lucas, M [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1964
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2564
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 7 refs
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CONCENTRATION RATIO; CONTAMINATION; ION EXCHANGE CHROMATOGRAPHY; ISOTOPE DILUTION; ISOTOPE RATIO; OPTIMIZATION; PLUTONIUM 242; REDOX REACTIONS; SPENT FUELS; URANIUM 233; VALENCE
OSTI ID:
20795923
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR06R2564097960
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
50 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 19, 2006

Citation Formats

Lucas, M. Dosage of plutonium by isotopic dilution in irradiated fuels; Dosage du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Lucas, M. Dosage of plutonium by isotopic dilution in irradiated fuels; Dosage du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies. France.
Lucas, M. 1964. "Dosage of plutonium by isotopic dilution in irradiated fuels; Dosage du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies." France.
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title = {Dosage of plutonium by isotopic dilution in irradiated fuels; Dosage du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies}
author = {Lucas, M}
abstractNote = {Plutonium determination in irradiated fuels has been carried out for several years by isotopic dilution by Sebaci and SSM in collaboration. SECACI has made available to the SSM the necessary space and equipment in its Fontenay laboratories. This work has shown the importance of the valency cycle which should make it possible to obtain a uniform isotopic distribution in sample tracer mixtures, and also a satisfactory U/Pu separation. Now it has been noticed that the presence of an excess of uranium considerably modifies the oxidation-reduction reaction kinetics of the plutonium. We have therefore been led to change certain parts of the operational technique so as to have an efficient cycle and to thereby improve the U/Pu separation; the stability of the thermionic emission of the plutonium, connected to the quantity of residual uranium, has at the same time been improved and we can now carry out more precise isotopic analyses. We have also tried to eliminate as far as possible the isotopic contaminations by:using a more rational operational method; the equipment used has been the object of a special study. The evaporations are carried out so as to prevent the formation of saturated vapours inside the glove box. The material which cannot be changed after each operation is carefully cleaned every time a new sample is treated. With this technique, a second calibration of the tracer T{sub 2} has been undertaken using a new standard solution. This solution has been prepared very carefully by weighing uranium and plutonium of known chemical purity, and we believe that it can be guaranteed to be a good reference solution. The value of the {sup 233}U/{sup 242}Pu ratio of the tracer has been obtained with a relative accuracy of 0,5 per cent. This modified method is now being applied to the analysis of rods irradiated in G-3. (author) [French] La determination du plutonium par dilution isotopique dans les combustibles irradies est pratiquee depuis plusieurs annees en collaboration entre SECACI (Section d'Etudes Chimique et Analytique des Combustibles Irradies) et SSM (Section de Spectrometrie de Masse). SECACI a mis a notre disposition les locaux et le materiel necessaire dans ses laboratoires de Fontenay. Cette etude a mis en evidence l'importance du cycle de valence celui-ci doit permettre d'obtenir une repartition isotopique homogene dans les melanges echantillon-traceur et une separation U/Pu convenable. Or, nous avons constate que la presence d'un exces d'uranium modifie profondement la cinetique des reactions d'oxydo-reduction du plutonium. Nous avons donc ete amenes a changer certains points de la technique operatoire pour rendre ce cycle efficace et ameliorer de ce fait la separation U/Pu; la stabilite de l'emission thermoionique du plutonium, liee a la quantite d'uranium residuaire, a du meme coup ete amelioree, et, nous obtenons maintenant des analyses isotopiques plus precises. D'autre part, nous nous sommes efforces d'eliminer au maximum les contaminations isotopiques en employant un mode operatoire plus rationnel; le materiel utilise a fait l'objet d'une etude particuliere. Les evaporations sont conduites de facon a interdire l'existence de vapeurs saturantes a l'interieur des boites a gants. Le materiel qui ne peut etre change a chaque operation est soigneusement nettoye a chaque changement d'echantillons. Avec cette technique, un second etalonnage du traceur T{sub 2} a ete entrepris au moyen d'une nouvelle solution etalon. Preparee tres soigneusement, par pesee d'uranium et de plutonium de purete chimique connue, nous pensons que cette solution offre des garanties suffisantes pour servir de reference. La valeur du rapport {sup 233}U/{sup 242}Pu du traceur a ete obtenue avec une precision relative de 0,5 pour cent. Cette methode modifiee est appliquee actuellement a l'analyse des barreaux irradies dans G-3. (auteur)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Jul}
}