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Title: Summary report for the FY-2015 SACSESS Collaboration

During FY-2015, a collaborative research program was established by the Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Material Recovery and Waste Form Development program and the European Union (EU) Safety of Actinide Separation Processes (SACSESS) program. One component of this collaboration was the evaluation of the radiolytic stability of a Selective ActiNide Extraction (SANEX) separation which utilized a TODGA-based organic solvent and an aqueous phase containing the hydrophilic complexing reagent, SO3-Ph-BTP. To best simulate process conditions, this experiment was irradiated in the radiolysis/hydrolysis test loop located at the Idaho National Laboratory. The effect of irradiation on a SACSESS program iSANEX formulation containing a TODGA-based organic phase and a BTP-based aqueous phase was investigated using irradiations at INL in static and test loop modes. When irradiated in contact with only the acidic aqueous phase, the TODGA organic solution maintained excellent extraction performance of americium, cerium and europium to a maximum absorbed dose of nearly 0.9 MGy. When the aqueous phase was changed to that containing the aqueous soluble BTP, the irradiated aqueous phase showed a dramatic color change, but this does not appear to have adverse effects on solvent extraction performance. Only minor increases in distribution ratios for both the lanthanides and actinidemore » were measured, and the separation factors were essentially unchanged to a maximum absorbed dose of 174 kGy. The determination of the americium, cerium, and europium distribution ratios for the remaining SACSESS test loop samples will be completed in the near future. The analysis of stable metals concentration in the the irradiated aqueous and organic phases will be completed shortly.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1261011
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT--15-36606
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES SACSESS; TODGA