Plutonium and americium fecal analysis

N. Valentin, Carlo Weyers, Jef Luysterborg

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    Abstract

    This report describes a method allowing to determine the amount of plutonium and/or americium in fecal samples. After wet ashing of the sample and complete dissolution of the ashes, the resulting solution is transferred to a volumetric flask and the volurne adjusted to one litre. Several fractions of the solution can be analysed by three different analytical procedures;
    1. A rapid determinat ion of Pu and/or Am
    2. A selective determination of Pu
    3. A selective determination of Am.
    All three methods give a recovery mean above 80 %. Whereas the sensitivity of the first procedure is of the order of 2 dpm, the detection level of the selective detarminations is 0.06 dpm.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherSCK CEN
    Number of pages26
    StatePublished - Apr 1966

    Publication series

    NameSCK CEN Reports
    PublisherSCK CEN
    No.BLG-408

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