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P. Ravi Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Radioation Safety Systems Division 400085 Bombay (India)

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Abstract  

The species of radioiodine in the primary coolant water of the heavy water moderated, heavy water cooled 100 MW research reactor have been identified. It was observed that IO 3 was the major species in the reactor coolant during reactor operation and I was the major species during shutdown. Organic and elemental forms amount only to less than 2% of total radioiodine. A simple method was developed for the estimation of gross iodine activity in reactor coolant water. The method involves the separation of all inorganic forms of iodine into a photographic film consisting of a thin layer of silver halide. The iodine in the film was estimated by gross counting of the film in a Geiger-Müller counter. Gross iodine activity in the reactor coolant samples estimated by the present method were in agreement with that obtained by direct -spectrometry with a Ge detector. It is concluded that the method can be used for the routine estimation of radioiodine in reactor coolant water.133I/131I and135I/131I ratios in the film were estimated and found to be useful in identifying split rod conditions in the reactor.

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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
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Address
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Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)