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Title: Reaction rates and prediction of thermal instability during aluminum alloy 6061 dissolution

Here, chemical kinetics of dissolution of aluminum alloy 6061 was investigated for the processing of Pu-238 for deep space missions. The rate of dissolution was measured by the heat release and appeared to be controlled by the rate of release of Al(OH) 4 from the metal surface. Rates of reaction were measured from 273 to 365 K, giving an activation energy of 72 ± 13 kJ•(mol Al) –1 and a pre-exponential factor of 5 ± 3 × 10 9 dm 3mol –1min –1. Minor alloying elements did not appear to affect the reaction kinetics. The average heat of dissolution was –360 ± 70 kJ•(mol NaAlO 2) –1. When extrapolated to an infinitely dilute solution of aluminum, kJ•(mol NaAlO 2) –1.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Separation Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 53; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 0149-6395
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Aluminum alloy 6061 dissolution; kinetics of aluminum dissolution; neptunium target cladding dissolution; plutonium-238 production
OSTI Identifier:
1440837