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This specification covers one grade of virgin zirconium metal commonly designated as sponge because of its porous, sponge-like texture, but it may also take other forms such as chunklets. The one grade described is designated as Reactor Grade R60001, suitable for use in nuclear applications. The main characteristic of the reactor grade is its low nuclear cross section as achieved by removal of hafnium. Zirconium metal is usually prepared by reduction of zirconium tetrachloride, and gets its physical characteristics from the processes involved in production. These characteristics may be expected to vary greatly with manufacturing methods. Only virgin zirconium metal, in identified, uniform, well-mixed blends, shall be used. The zirconium metal shall conform to the requirements for chemical composition specified.
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1.1 This specification covers one grade of virgin zirconium metal commonly designated as sponge because of its porous, sponge-like texture, but it may also take other forms such as chunklets, suitable for use in nuclear applications.
1.2 Unless a single unit is used, for example corrosion mass gain in mg/dm2, the values stated in either inch-pound or SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore each system must be used independently of the other. SI values cannot be mixed with inch-pound values.
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.
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
ICS Number Code 27.120.99 (Other standards related to nuclear energy); 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys); 77.150.99 (Other products of non-ferrous metals)
UNSPSC Code 12141751(Zirconium Zr)
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ASTM B349 / B349M-16, Standard Specification for Zirconium Sponge and Other Forms of Virgin Metal for Nuclear Application, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top