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Title: DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR PU-238 AQUEOUS RECOVERY PROCESS

Aqueous processing is necessary for the removal of impurities from {sup 238}Pu dioxide ({sup 238}PuO{sub 2}) fuel due to unacceptable levels of {sup 234}U and other non-actinide impurities in the scrap fuel. Impurities at levels above General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) fuel specifications may impair the performance.of the heat sources. Efforts at Los Alamos have focused on developing the bench scale methodology for the aqueous process steps which includes comminution, dissolution, ion exchange, precipitation, and calcination. Recently, work has been performed to qualify the bench scale methodology, to show that the developed process produces pure {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} meeting GPHS fuel specifications. In addition, this work has enabled us to determine how waste volumes may be minimized during full-scale processing. Results of process qualification for the bench scale aqueous recovery operation and waste minimization efforts are presented.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
766503
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-00-5298
TRN: US0005800
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Oct 2000
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., Los Alamos, NM (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; CALCINATION; COMMINUTION; HEAT SOURCES; IMPURITIES; ION EXCHANGE; LOS ALAMOS; MINIMIZATION; PLUTONIUM 238; SPECIFICATIONS; WASTES NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems