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Title: An Empirical Method for Determining 234U Percentage

When isotopic information for uranium is provided, the concentration of 234U is frequently neglected. Often the isotopic content is given as a percentage of 235U with the assumption that the remainder consists of 238U. In certain applications, such as heat output, the concentration of 234U can be a significant contributing factor. For situations where only the 235U and 238U values are given, a simple way to calculate the 234U component would be beneficial. The approach taken here is empirical. A series of uranium standards with varying enrichments were analyzed. The 234U and 235U data were fit using a second order polynomial.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1225294
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--15-28556
TRN: US1500859
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; URANIUM 234; URANIUM 235; URANIUM 238; HEAT; POLYNOMIALS; ISOTOPE RATIO; CALCULATION METHODS