A Preliminary Study on the Feasibility of Copper Mesh as an Off-Gas Iodine Capturing Medium for Pyroprocessing Jeon, Min Ku; Lee, Tae Kyo; Choi, Yong Taek; Eun, Hee-Chul; Choi, Jung Hoon; Park, Hwan-Seo; Hur, Jin-Mok; Ahn, Do-Hee;
A commercially available copper mesh was investigated as an iodine off-gas capturing medium for pyroprocessing, with an aim to replace costly silver based adsorbents. Theoretical calculation results suggested that the reaction between metallic copper and gaseous iodine will occur spontaneously to produce copper iodide in the temperature range of 100 ~ 500℃. The effect of the reaction temperature on iodine capturing efficiency was investigated by experimentation, and it was found that 5 and 6 wt% of iodine (initial mass 2.0 g) was captured by a single copper mesh (0.26 g) at 300 and 400℃, respectively. The repeated experimental results also suggested that copper utilization can be increased with the help of the spontaneous detachment of the reaction product (CuI) from a copper mesh. The formation of the CuI phase was confirmed using the X-ray diffraction technique, and the surface morphology of the reaction product was observed using scanning electron microscopy.
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