A number of reference materials for oxygen in different non-ferrous metals have been certified by BCR in the frame of a multidisciplinary
Community project. The contribution of nuclear analysis methods is illustrated by several examples concerning the optimization
of sample preparation techniques, the analysis of low and high oxygen non-ferrous metals and the extension of the program
to other non-metals, especially nitrogen and carbon.
Electrophoretic focussing of ions was applied to the separation of fission products present in solutions of nuclear uranium
fuel irradiated in various European reactors. By combining two separation methods, all the long-lived fission products could
be determined individually and quantitatively by counting with a NaI(T1) and a GM detector of known detection efficiency.
Radiography and autoradiography were used for semi-quantitative purposes. The concentrations of235U and238U were determined from a short post-irradiation of the fuel solution and counting of140Ba−140La and239Np, respectively. An iterative calculus method is presented which allows calculation of the irradiation history of the fuel
solution from the above analyses. without any a priori knowledge.
Authors:G. Weber, D. David, L. Quaglia, J. Pauwels, and J. Vanaudenhove
Surface treatment on non-ferrous metals are proposed in order to minimize or determine quantitatively the interference of
gaseous contamination. These proposals result from a large number of determinations of superficial contamination on several
materials using microanalysis by nuclear reactions. This work is included in a larger program which aims the certification
of standard materials in their oxygen, nitrogen and carbon contents.