1.1 This test method describes the nondestructive assay (NDA) of plutonium, tritium, and 241Am using heat flow calorimetry. For plutonium the range of applicability corresponds to 1 g to > 2000 g quantities while for tritium the range extends from 0.001 g to > 10 g. This test method can be applied to materials in a wide range of container sizes up to 50 L. It has been used routinely to assay items whose thermal power ranges from 0.001 W to 135 W.
1.2 This test method requires knowledge of the relative abundances of the plutonium isotopes and the 241Am/Pu mass ratio to determine the total plutonium mass.
1.3 This test method provides a direct measure of tritium content.
1.4 This test method provides a measure of 241Am either as a single isotope or mixed with plutonium.
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