This practice is an alternative method to test method C698 for the determination of the oxygen-to-metal atom ratio (O/M) in sintered mixed oxide fuel (MOX) pellets. The method presented in test method C698 is a one-step thermogravimetric method for determining O/M ratio in sintered MOX powders and pellets. As stated in ASTM C 698, thermogravimetric methods using a two-step heating cycle are also satisfactory. The method presented in this test method is a two-step heating cycle method. This practice is applicable to sintered MOX pellets containing up to 10 weight percent PuO2.
This standard is needed because it is a method used in large scale MOX fuel fabrication facilities. It will be used to measure O/M ratio in MOX fuel fabricated in the MOX fuel fabrication facility on the Savannah River Site.
Keywordsplutonium; thermal analysis; gravimetry; uranium; MOX; oxygen to metal (O/M) ratio
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