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ASTM International - ASTM C809-94(2007)

Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum Oxide-Boron Carbide Composite Pellets

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Organization: ASTM International
Publication Date: 1 July 2007
Status: inactive
Page Count: 6
ICS Code (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology): 27.120.30
significance And Use:

Aluminum oxide pellets are used in a reactor core as filler or spacers within fuel, burnable poison, or control rods. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the material must meet certain... View More

scope:

1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to determine compliance with specifications.

1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order:

Sections
Boron by Titrimetry 7 to 13
Separation of Boron for Mass Spectrometry14 to 19
Isotopic Composition by Mass Spectrometry20 to 23
Separation of Halides by Pyrohydrolysis24 to 27
Fluoride by Ion-Selective Electrode28 to 30
Chloride, Bromide, and Iodide by Amperometric Microtitrimetry31 to 33
Trace Elements by Emission Spectroscopy34 to 46

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. (For specific precautionary statements, see Section 5.)

7.1 This test method covers the determination of boron in aluminum oxide-boron carbide composites. As an alternative, the procedure for total boron by titrimetry detailed in Test Methods C791 may be used.

14.1 This test method covers the separation of boron from aluminum and other impurities. The isotopic composition of the separated boron is measured using another test method found herein.

20.1 This test method covers the determination of the isotopic composition of boron in nuclear-grade aluminum oxide/boron carbide composite pellets containing natural to highly enriched boron.

24.1 This test method covers the separation of up to 100 μg of halides per gram of sample. The separated halides are measured using other test methods found herein.

28.1 This test method can determine as low as 2-μg of F/g sample in condensate containing all the halogens.

31.1 This test method covers the determination of halogens, except fluorine, as separated by pyrohydrolysis. The detection limit is 1.5 μg Cl/g sample.

34.1 This spectrochemical test method provides for the determination of 14 impurity elements. The elements and concentration ranges are as follows:

ElementsConcentration Range, ppm
Boron10 to 10 000
Calcium 10 to 10 000
Chromium10 to 10 000
Dysprosium30 to 10 000
Europium10 to 10 000
Gadolinium30 to 10 000
Hafnium 30 to 10 000
Iron 10 to 10 000
Magnesium10 to 10 000
Nickel 10 to 10 000
Samarium10 to 10 000
Silicon 10 to 10 000
Sodium 10 to 10 000
Titanium10 to 10 000

34.2 The test method can also be extended to cover the determination of other elements of interest.

Document History

February 1, 2019
Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Aluminum Oxide and AluminumOxide-Boron Carbide Composite Pellets
1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to...
January 1, 2013
Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Aluminum Oxide and AluminumOxide-Boron Carbide Composite Pellets
1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to...
ASTM C809-94(2007)
July 1, 2007
Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum
Oxide-Boron Carbide Composite Pellets
1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to...
June 10, 2000
Standard Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum Oxide-Boron Carbide Composite Pellets
1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to...
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