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Suman Singh Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Fuel Reprocessing Division Mumbai 400085 India

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Abstract  

This paper presents a simple, rapid and sensitive radiometric method for the determination of uranium in Thorex Process stream containing large amount of thorium. This method involves the extraction of uranium into 0.05M tri-n-octyl phosphine oxide (TOPO) in xylene at 2M HNO3. The extraction of thorium is prevented by masking them with suitable quantity of fluoride ions. The optimum experimental parameters for extraction of 233U were evaluated and using the most suitable experimental conditions the extracted uranium is radiometrically determined by α-counting in proportional counter with a prior knowledge of specific activity of uranium. Simultaneously in the same sample uranium was determined by spectrophotometric method using 2-(5bromo-2 pyridylazo)-5-diethylaminophenol (Bromo-PADAP) as chromogenic reagents. Simulated as well as actual samples of dissolver, conditioner and raffinate tank of Thorex stream have been analyzed by both these methods. The method was tested for as low as 0.15 μg of uranium and the results of these analyses were found to be satisfactory within the experimental limits.

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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
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)