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This specification provides chemical and physical requirements for nuclear-grade gadolinium oxide powder intended for subsequent processing and use in nuclear fuel applications. Chemical requirements of the specification include loss-on-ignition, gadolinium oxide concentration, and impurity content limits. The buyer shall specify the particle size, density, shape factor, and crystal structure. Gadolinium oxide powder shall be packaged in sealed containers.
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1.1 This specification provides the chemical and physical requirements for nuclear-grade gadolinium oxide powder intended for subsequent processing and use in nuclear fuel applications, for example, as an addition to uranium dioxide.
1.2 This specification does not include requirements for health and safety. Observance of this specification does not relieve the user of the obligation to be aware of and comply with all federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to possessing, shipping, processing, or using this material.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B329 Test Method for Apparent Density of Metal Powders and Compounds Using the Scott Volumeter
C493 Test Method for Bulk Density and Porosity of Granular Refractory Materials by Mercury Displacement (Discontinued 2002)
C859 Terminology Relating to Nuclear Materials
C889 Test Methods for Chemical and Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Nuclear-Grade Gadolinium Oxide (Gd2O3) Powder
E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves
E105 Practice for Probability Sampling of Materials
ANSI StandardANSI/ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
ICS Number Code 27.120.30 (Fissile materials and nuclear fuel technology); 71.060.20 (Oxides)
UNSPSC Code 15131500(Nuclear fuel)
ASTM C888-03(2014), Standard Specification for Nuclear-Grade Gadolinium Oxide (Gd