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Factors affecting interaction of radiocesium with freshwater solids

II. Contact time, concentration of the solid and temperature

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: P. Beneš, M. Černík, and P. Lam Ramos

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The paper aims at the analysis of principal factors affecting the interaction of radiocesium with freshwater solids, important for the migration of radiocesium in rivers. Uptake and release of radiocesium by bottom sediment and suspended solids from a small stream were studied as a function of contact time during the uptake and releases, of concentration of the solid phases and of temperature, using laboratory model experiments. Kinetics of the uptake were found to be singificantly affected by temperature and concentration of the solid phase. The kinetics and the concentration effect can be quantitatively described using kinetic model of two parallel or consecutive reactions. Kinetic parameters for the model were determined. Distribution coefficient Kd is independent of sediment concentration in the range of 20–70 mg·dm–3 but passes through a maximum at higher concentration values. Release of radiocesium adsorbed on the freshwater solids was found to be quite rapid and a simple kinetics of the release from freshwater solids was observed. The amount released decreased with increasing contact time of radiocesium with solid phase. Quantitative evaluation of the release revealed partial irreversibility of radiocesium uptake on the solids studied. Results obtained are compared with literature data and conclusions are drawn on the importance of the factors studied for modeling of radiocesium migration in rivers.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: P. Lam Ramos, D. Frías Fonseca, M. González Garcia, D. Aguiar Lambert, J. Estévez Alvarez, I. Pupo González, and D. López Sánchez

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The objective of the present study was the elaboration of a procedure for the determination of Y, La, Ce, Pr and Nd in soils by spectrophotometry with Arsenazo III preceded by a separation-concentration stage, which includes coprecipitation and ion exchange. Multielement analysis by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (including Y, La, Ce and Nd) and flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry was carried out simultaneously in order to obtain a general characterization of the soil samples. Certified reference materials and statistical intercomparison of the obtained results were used to evaluate the accuracy of the methods. The precision was examined by analyzing replicate samples.

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