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Title: Rapid method to determine 89Sr/90Sr in large concrete samples

Here, a new rapid method has been developed that provides high quality low-level measurements of 89,90Sr in concrete samples with an MDA (Minimum Detectable Activity) of <1 mBq g-1. The new method is fast, meets new decommissioning regulatory limits and is robust even if refractory particles are present. The method utilizes a rapid fusion to ensure total dissolution of samples and rapid preconcentration and separation of 89,90Sr from 5-10 g concrete samples. When, the 89Sr/90Sr ratio is high, Sr can be isolated from up to 5g concrete samples, total 89/90Sr measured, and then 90Sr determined via 90Y separated after a period of ingrowth. Another approach allows the immediate determination of 90Sr in 10 g concrete aliquots without waiting for 90Y ingrowth, in instances where the shorter lived 89Sr is unlikely to be encountered.
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  1. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, Aiken, SC (United States)
  2. Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)
  3. PG Research Foundation, Inc., Lisle, IL (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731; PII: 4787
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Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Research Org:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; rapid method; fusion; strontium; concrete; yttrium-90