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Caustic Precipitation of Plutonium Using Gadolinium as the Neutron Poison for Disposition to High Level Waste

By M.G. Bronikowski

Abstract

Nuclear Materials Management Division (NMMD) has proposed that up to 100 kg of the plutonium (Pu) solutions stored in H-Canyon be precipitated with a nuclear poison and dispositioned to H-Area Tank Farm. The use of gadolinium (Gd) as the poison would greatly reduce the number of additional glass logs resulting from this disposition. This report summarizes the characteristics of the precipitation process and addresses criticality concerns in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation. No problems were found with the nature of the precipitate or the neutralization process

Topics: Criticality, Neutrons, Storage Facilities, Nuclear Poisons, 11 Nuclear Fuel Cycle And Fuel Materials, Glass, Gadolinium, Plutonium, Wastes, Nuclear Materials Management, Safety, Evaluation, Precipitation
Publisher: Savannah River Site (S.C.)
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.2172/799405
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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