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Significance and Use
4.1 This test method is designed to determine whether a given material meets the purchaser's specification for plutonium content.
1.1 This test method describes the determination of total plutonium as plutonium(III) in nitrate and chloride solutions. The technique is applicable to solutions of plutonium dioxide powders and pellets (Test Methods C697), nuclear grade mixed oxides (Test Methods C698), plutonium metal (Test Methods C758), and plutonium nitrate solutions (Test Methods C759). Solid samples are dissolved using the appropriate dissolution techniques described in Practice C1168. The use of this technique for other plutonium-bearing materials has been reported (1-5), but final determination of applicability must be made by the user. The applicable concentration range for plutonium sample solutions is 10–200 g Pu/L.2
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.3 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C697 Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Plutonium Dioxide Powders and Pellets
C698 Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, and Spectrochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Mixed Oxides ((U, Pu)O2)
C757 Specification for Nuclear-Grade Plutonium Dioxide Powder, Sinterable
C758 Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, Spectrochemical, Nuclear, and Radiochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Plutonium Metal
C759 Test Methods for Chemical, Mass Spectrometric, Spectrochemical, Nuclear, and Radiochemical Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Plutonium Nitrate Solutions
C833 Specification for Sintered (Uranium-Plutonium) Dioxide Pellets
C1168 Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Plutonium Materials for Analysis
ICS Number Code 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology); 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)
UNSPSC Code 12141735(Plutonium Pu); 15131500(Nuclear fuel)
ASTM C1307-14, Standard Test Method for Plutonium Assay by Plutonium (III) Diode Array Spectrophotometry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top