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Title: A Review of Flow Analysis Methods for Determination of Radionuclides in Nuclear Wastes and Nuclear Reactor Coolants

Here, the safety and security of nuclear power plant operations depend on the application of the most appropriate techniques and methods of chemical analysis, where modern flow analysis methods prevail. Nevertheless, the current status of the development of these methods is more limited than it might be expected based on their genuine advantages. The main aim of this paper is to review the automated flow analysis procedures developed with various detection methods for the nuclear energy industry. The flow analysis methods for the determination of radionuclides, that have been reported to date, are primarily focused on their environmental applications. The benefits of the application of flow methods in both monitoring of the nuclear wastes and process analysis of the primary circuit coolants of light water nuclear reactors will also be discussed. The application of either continuous flow methods (CFA) or injection methods (FIA, SIA) of the flow analysis with the β–radiometric detection shortens the analysis time and improves the precision of determination due to mechanization of certain time-consuming operations of the sample processing. Compared to the radiometric detection, the mass spectrometry (MS) detection enables one to perform multicomponent analyses as well as the determination of transuranic isotopes with much bettermore » limits of detection.« less
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  1. Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Univ. of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland)
  2. Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw (Poland)
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0039-9140; PII: S0039914018301589
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Journal Volume: 183; Journal ID: ISSN 0039-9140
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; flow analysis; radionuclides; radiometric detections; ICP-MS; spent reactor fuel; reactor coolan
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