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  • 1 Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory SF-02150 Espoo (Finland)
  • 2 Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission La Reina Santiago (Chile)
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Abstract  

The separation of metallic impurities from uranium by anion exchange with a Dowex 1×8 resin has been investigated. The following elements can be quantitatively separated from 400 mg uranium using a 1 cm diameter 15 or 30 cm long column. The elements Ag, Al, Ba, Ca, Cr, Cs, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Rb, REE, Sc, Th, Ti and Y can be separated by eluting the elements with conc. HCl. Uranium is retained by the resin. Al, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, REE and V can be separated by eluting with 0.01 N H2SO4. Uranium is retained by the resin. Cd and Zn can be separated by first eluting uranium with 0.5 N HCl and then eluting Cd and Zn with 1 N NH3. Hf, Zr and V can be separated by eluting with 5 N HCl but some uranium contamination is unavoidable.