ASTM C1432 - 03(2008)

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Plutonium: Acid Dissolution, Ion Exchange Matrix Separation, and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopic (ICP/AES) Analysis

    Active Standard ASTM C1432 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers blended uranium trioxide (UO3), U3O8, or mixtures of the two, powders that are intended for conversion into a sinterable uranium dioxide (UO2) powder by means of a direct reduction process. The UO2 powder product of the reduction process must meet the requirements of Specification C 753 and be suitable for subsequent UO2 pellet fabrication by pressing and sintering methods. This specification applies to uranium oxides with a 235U enrichment less than 5 %.

    1.2 This specification includes chemical, physical, and test method requirements for uranium oxide powders as they relate to the suitability of the powder for storage, transportation, and direct reduction to UO2 powder. This specification is applicable to uranium oxide powders for such use from any source.

    1.3 The scope of this specification does not comprehensively cover all provisions for preventing criticality accidents, for health and safety, or for shipping. Observance of this specification does not relieve the user of the obligation to conform to all international, national, state, and local regulations for processing, shipping, or any other way of using uranium oxide powders (see 2.2 and 2.3).

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods portion of the annexes in this specification: 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.

    ASTM Standards

    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

    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); 12141735(Plutonium Pu)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C1432-03R08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1432-03(2008), Standard Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Plutonium: Acid Dissolution, Ion Exchange Matrix Separation, and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopic (ICP/AES) Analysis, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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