ASTM C1647 - 13

    Standard Practice for Removal of Uranium or Plutonium, or both, for Impurity Assay in Uranium or Plutonium Materials

    Active Standard ASTM C1647 | Developed by Subcommittee: C26.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.01


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    ASTM C1647

    Significance and Use

    5.1 This practice can be used to separate uranium or plutonium, or both, prior to the impurity analysis by various techniques. The removal of uranium and plutonium prior to quantification can improve the detection limits by minimizing the signal suppression caused by uranium or plutonium when using ICP techniques. Detection limits of ~1–10 part-per-billion (PPB) may be obtainable by matrix removal. Also, removal of the uranium and plutonium may allow the impurities analysis to be performed on a non-glove box enclosed instrument.

    5.2 Other test methods exist to determine impurities in uranium or plutonium. Test Method C1517 is able to determine many impurities in uranium at detection levels of ~1–10 part-per-million (ppm) by DC-Arc Spectrometry. Test Method C1287 is able to determine impurities in uranium at detection levels of ~100 ppb by ICP-MS. Test Method C1432 provides an alternative technique to remove plutonium by ion exchange prior to analysis of the impurities by ICP-AES.

    5.3 This practice can be used to demonstrate compliance with nuclear fuel specifications, for example, Specifications C753, C757, C776, C787, C788, and C996.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers instructions for using an extraction chromatography column method for the removal of plutonium or uranium, or both, from liquid or digested oxides or metals prior to impurity measurements. Quantification of impurities can be made by techniques such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) or atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS.)

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    C753 Specification for Nuclear-Grade, Sinterable Uranium Dioxide Powder

    C757 Specification for Nuclear-Grade Plutonium Dioxide Powder, Sinterable

    C776 Specification for Sintered Uranium Dioxide Pellets

    C787 Specification for Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment

    C788 Specification for Nuclear-Grade Uranyl Nitrate Solution or Crystals

    C859 Terminology Relating to Nuclear Materials

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

    C1168 Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Plutonium Materials for Analysis

    C1287 Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Nuclear Grade Uranium Compounds by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

    C1347 Practice for Preparation and Dissolution of Uranium Materials for Analysis

    C1432 Test Method for Determination of Impurities in Plutonium: Acid Dissolution, Ion Exchange Matrix Separation, and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopic (ICP/AES) Analysis

    C1517 Test Method for Determination of Metallic Impurities in Uranium Metal or Compounds by DC-Arc Emission Spectroscopy

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12141735(Plutonium Pu); 12141748(Uranium U)


    DOI: 10.1520/C1647-13

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