The long-term goal of this project is the evaluation of optical spectroscopy-based techniques for the on-line, real-time determination of actinide element concentrations in fuel recycling plant process streams. To generate the information necessary to evaluate the potential of these systems, initial experiments will focus on determining the detection limits for UV/Vis and LFS will be measured for the actinide elements under chemical conditions representative of the process streams for the UREX+ process. The system will then be systematically explored to examine the impact of acid concentration, nitrate concentration, redox potential, diluent concentration, ligand concentration, and contaminant/ fission product concentration on the sensitivity of these techniques. The potential for interferences will also be examined.
Fluorescence spectroscopy; Laser spectroscopy; Optical spectroscopy; Radioactive wastes; Radiochemistry; Spent reactor fuels; Ultraviolet spectroscopy; Uranium
Investigation of Optical Spectroscopy Techniques for On-Line Materials Accountability in the Solvent Extraction Process.
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