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R. Cornelis Ghent University Institute for Nuclear Sciences Belgium

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Abstract  

An analysis has been elaborated to determine the long-living γ-emitting fission products of uranium. It consists of a sodium bisulphate melt of the fission product solution or the U-fuel, followed by liquid-liquid extractions. Afterwards the isotopes are absolutely counted with a standardized 3″×3″ NaI crystal. The total γ-spectrum of the original fission product solution, taken with a NaI crystal or a Ge−Li detector, is also analyzed mathematically by mixed γ-spectrometry. From a short post-irradiation of the fission product solution the concentrations of both235U and238U are determined. The absolute amount of fission products related to the U-concentration allows the calculation of the percent atomic burn-up, the irradiation time, the cooling period, the flux of the reactor and the original degree of enrichment of the uranium.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)