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Tritium analysis in hydraulic oil waste by oxidation technique

Domenii publicaţii > Chimie + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Magdalena Dianu

Editorial: Elsevier, Fusion Engineering and Design, Volume 87, Issues 7-8, p.1443-1446, 2012.


The aim of the present study is to investigate a method to evaluate the tritium activity in hydraulic oil waste generated during the operation of Romanian Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant.

The method is based on a combustion technique using the 307 PerkinElmer (R) Sample Oxidizer model.

The hydraulic oil samples must be processed prior to counting to avoid color quenching (the largest source of inaccuracy) because these samples absorb in the region of 200-500 nm, where scintillation phosphors emit.

Prior to combustion of the hydraulic oil waste, tritium recovery degree and tritium retention degree in the circuits of combustion system were evaluated as higher than 98% and less than 0.08%, respectively.

After combustion, tritium activity was measured by a 2100 Tri-Carb (R) Packard model liquid scintillation analyzer.

The blank counts were 16.25 +- 0.50 counts/min, measured for 60 min. The significant activity level value was 6.53 counts/min, at a preselected confidence level of 95%. The Minimum Detectable Activity of a 0.2 mL hydraulic oil sample was calculated to 1.09 Bq/mL. Therefore, the developed method is sensitive enough for the tritium evaluation in the ordinary hydraulic oil waste samples.

Cuvinte cheie: Tritium, Hydraulic oil, Combustion