ASTM C1347 - 08

    Standard Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Uranium Materials for Analysis

    Active Standard ASTM C1347 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    ASTM C1347

    Significance and Use

    The materials covered that must meet ASTM specifications are uranium metal and uranium oxide.

    Uranium materials are used as nuclear reactor fuel. For this use, these materials must meet certain criteria for uranium content, uranium-235 enrichment, and impurity content, as described in Specifications C 753 and C 776. The material is assayed for uranium to determine whether the content is as specified.

    Uranium alloys, refractory uranium materials, and uranium containing scrap and ash are unique uranium materials for which the user must determine the applicability of this practice. In general, these unique uranium materials are dissolved with various acid mixtures or by fusion with various fluxes.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers dissolution treatments for uranium materials that are applicable to the test methods used for characterizing these materials for uranium elemental, isotopic, and impurities determinations. Dissolution treatments for the major uranium materials assayed for uranium or analyzed for other components are listed.

    1.2 The treatments, in order of presentation, are as follows:

    Procedure TitleSection
    Dissolution of Uranium Metal and Oxide with Nitric Acid8.1
    Dissolution of Uranium Oxides with Nitric Acid and Residue
    Treatment
    8.2
    Dissolution of Uranium-Aluminum Alloys in Hydrochloric Acid
    with Residue Treatment
    8.3
    Dissolution of Uranium Scrap and Ash by Leaching with Nitric
    Acid and Treatment of Residue by Carbonate Fusion
    8.4
    Dissolution of Refractory Uranium-Containing Material by
    Carbonate Fusion
    8.5
    Dissolution of UraniumAluminum Alloys
    Uranium Scrap and Ash, and Refractory
    Uranium-Containing Materials by
    Microwave Treatment
    8.6

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 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. Specific hazards statements are given in Section 7.


    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

    C1168 Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Plutonium 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)


    DOI: 10.1520/C1347-08

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