Significance and Use
All plutonium materials covered in this test method are used in the preparation of nuclear-reactor fuels. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the materials must meet specified criteria for plutonium content. This test method is used to verify the plutonium content.
A primary standard dichromate such as that available from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or a dichromate traceable to a primary standard such as New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) plutonium standard, is required for this technique.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of plutonium in unirradiated nuclear-grade plutonium dioxide, uranium-plutonium mixed oxides with uranium (U)/plutonium (Pu) ratios up to 21, plutonium metal, and plutonium nitrate solutions. Optimum quantities of plutonium to measure are 7 to 15 mg.
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