Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM E393-96(2002)

Standard Test Method for Measuring Reaction Rates by Analysis of Barium-140 From Fission Dosimeters


1.1 This test method describes two procedures for the measurement of reaction rates by determining the amount of the fission product 140Ba produced by the non-threshold reactions 235U (n, f), 241Am (n, f), and 239Pu (n, f), and by the threshold reactions 238U (n, f), 237Np (n, f), and 232Th (n, f).

1.2 These reactions produce many fission products, among which is 140Ba, having a half-life of 12.752 days. 140Ba emits gamma rays of several energies; however, these are not easily detected in the presence of other fission products. Competing activity from other fission products requires that a chemical separation be employed or that the 140Ba activity be determined indirectly by counting its daughter product 140La. This test method describes both procedure (a), the nondestructive determination of 140Ba by the direct counting of 140La several days after irradiation, and procedure (b), the chemical separation of 140Ba and the subsequent counting of 140Ba or its daughter 140La.

1.3 With suitable techniques, fission neutron fluence rates can be measured in the range from 107 n (neutrons) cm2 s1 to approximately 10 15 n cm2 s1.

1.4 The measurement of time-integrated reaction rates with fission dosimeters by 140Ba analysis is limited by the half-life of 140Ba to irradiation times up to about six weeks.

1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

1.6 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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Book of Standards Volume: 12.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E10.05
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/E0393-96R02
ICS Code: 17.240