Standard Withdrawn, Replaced Replaced By: D5673    Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
ASTM C1416-04(2009)

Standard Test Method for Uranium Analysis in Natural and Waste Water by X-Ray Fluorescence (Withdrawn 2014)

Significance and Use

Uranium production facilities must control trace uranium content in their waste waters.

Colorimetric and fluorimetric methods have been developed but require a tedious separation of interfering elements. Trace uranium can also be determined by ICP-MS but not all water matrices are adapted (for example, waters with high salt content). Direct X-ray fluorescence can be done on the liquid but with a detection limit of 5 mg/L

X-ray fluorescence after collection of uranium offers the advantages to reach low detection limits (0.05 mg/L) and to avoid handling a liquid in the spectrometer.


1.1 This test method applies for the determination of trace uranium content in waste water. It covers concentrations of U between 0.05 mg/L and 2 mg/L.

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.

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