Standard Active Last Updated: Feb 06, 2018
ASTM C1703-18

Standard Practice for Sampling of Gaseous Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment

Significance and Use

5.1 Uranium hexafluoride is normally produced and handled in large (typically 1 to 14-ton) quantities and must, therefore, be characterized by reference to representative samples (see ISO 7195). The samples are used to determine compliance with the applicable commercial specification C787. The quantities involved, physical properties, chemical reactivity, and hazardous nature of UF6 are such that for representative sampling, specially designed equipment must be used and operated in accordance with the most carefully controlled and stringent procedures. This practice can be used by UF6 converters to review the effectiveness of existing procedures or as a guide to the design of equipment and procedures for future use.

5.2 The intention of this practice is to avoid liquid UF6 sampling once the cylinder has been filled. For safety reasons, manipulation of large quantities of liquid UF6 should be avoided when possible.

5.3 It is emphasized that this practice is not meant to address conventional or nuclear criticality safety issues.


1.1 This practice covers methods for withdrawing representative sample(s) of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) during a transfer occurring in the gas phase. Such transfer in the gas phase can take place during the filling of a cylinder during a continuous production process, for example the distillation column in a conversion facility. Such sample(s) may be used for determining compliance with the applicable commercial specification, for example Specification C787.

1.2 Since UF6 sampling is taken during the filling process, this practice does not address any special additional arrangements that may be agreed upon between the buyer and the seller when the sampled bulk material is being added to residues already present in a container (“heels recycle”). Such arrangements will be based on QA procedures such as traceability of cylinder origin (to prevent for example contamination with irradiated material).

1.3 If the receiving cylinder is purged after filling and sampling, special verifications must be performed by the user to verify the representativity of the sample(s). It is then expected that the results found on volatile impurities with gas phase sampling may be conservative.

1.4 This practice is only applicable when the transfer occurs in the gas phase. When the transfer is performed in the liquid phase, Practice C1052 should apply. This practice does not apply to gas sampling after the cylinder has been filled since the sample taken will not be representative of the cylinder.

1.5 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 12.01
Developed by Subcommittee: C26.02
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/C1703-18
ICS Code: 27.120.30