Determination of carbon-14 and tritium in a PWR spent nuclear fuel

PWR 사용후핵연료 중 탄소-14 및 트리튬 정량

  • Kim, Jung Suk (Nuclear Chemistry Research Department, KAERI) ;
  • Park, Soon Dal (Nuclear Chemistry Research Department, KAERI) ;
  • Lee, Chang Hun (Nuclear Chemistry Research Department, KAERI) ;
  • Song, Byong Chul (Nuclear Chemistry Research Department, KAERI) ;
  • Jee, Kwang Yong (Nuclear Chemistry Research Department, KAERI)
  • 김정석 (한국원자력연구소 원자력화학연구부) ;
  • 박순달 (한국원자력연구소 원자력화학연구부) ;
  • 이창헌 (한국원자력연구소 원자력화학연구부) ;
  • 송병철 (한국원자력연구소 원자력화학연구부) ;
  • 지광용 (한국원자력연구소 원자력화학연구부)
  • Received : 2005.06.10
  • Accepted : 2005.06.28
  • Published : 2005.08.25


The methods for determining C-14 and tritium contents in the spent nuclear fuel sample were developed. The carbon-14($^{14}CO_2$) released during the dissolution of the spent fuel sample and $CaCO_3$ ($CO_2$ carrier) with 8 M $HNO_3$ at $90^{\circ}C$ was collected in trap containing 1.5 M NaOH. The volatile radioactive iodine evolved when the spent fuel was dissolved, was trapped on to Ag-silicagel (Ag-impregnated silicagel) adsorbent in column which is connected to two NaOH traps. The solutions which contain tritium as HTO after fuel dissolution were decontaminated by deionization with a mixture of cation and anion exchange resins and inorganic ionexchangers. The amount of C-14 in the trap solutions and the HTO concentration in the resulting deionization water were then determined by liquid scintillation counting.


carbon-14;tritium;spent nuclear fuel;liquid scintillation counting


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