ASTM C1287 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Nuclear Grade Uranium Compounds by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

    Active Standard ASTM C1287 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of 67 elements in uranium dioxide samples and nuclear grade uranium compounds and solutions without matrix separation by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The elements are listed in Table 1. These elements can also be determined in uranyl nitrate hexahydrate (UNH), uranium hexafluoride (UF6), triuranium octoxide (U3O8) and uranium trioxide (UO3) if these compounds are treated and converted to the same uranium concentration solution.

    1.2 The elements boron, sodium, silicon, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and iron can be determined using different techniques. The analyst's instrumentation will determine which procedure is chosen for the analysis.

    1.3 The test method for technetium-99 is given in Annex A1.

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

    1.5 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. WarningThe ICP-MS is a source of intense ultra-violet radiation from the radio frequency induced plasma. Protection from radio frequency radiation and UV radiation is provided by the instrument under normal operation.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C753 Specification for Nuclear-Grade, Sinterable Uranium Dioxide Powder

    C776 Specification for Sintered Uranium Dioxide Pellets

    C787 Specification for Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment

    C788 Specification for Nuclear-Grade Uranyl Nitrate Solution or Crystals

    C967 Specification for Uranium Ore Concentrate

    C996 Specification for Uranium Hexafluoride Enriched to Less Than 5 % 235U

    C1346 Practice for Dissolution of UF6 from P-10 Tubes ,

    C1347 Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Uranium Materials for Analysis

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15131500(Nuclear fuel)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C1287-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1287-10, Standard Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Nuclear Grade Uranium Compounds by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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