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A comprehensive review is undertaken of appropriate analytical techniques to monitor and measure the chemical effects that occur in large-scale tests designed to study severe reactor accidents. Various methods have been developed to determine the chemical forms of the vapours, aerosols and deposits generated during and after such integal experiments. Other specific techniques have the long-term potential to provide some of the desired data in greater detail, although considerable efforts are still required to apply these techniques to the study of radioactive debris. Such in-situ and post-test methods of analysis are also assessed in terms of their applicability to the analysis of samples from the Phebus-FP tests. The recommended in-situ methods of analysis are gamma-ray spectroscopy, potentiometry, mass spectrometry and Raman/UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Vapour/aerosol and deposition samples should also be obtained at well-defined time intervals during each experiment for subsequent post-test analysis. No single technique can provide all the necessary chemical data from these samples, and the most appropriate method of analysis involves a complementary combination of autoradiography, AES, IR, MRS, SEMS/EDS, SIMS/LMIS, XPS and XRD.

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Authors: BOWSHER B R, UKAEA, Atomic Energy Establishment Winfrith, Chemistry Division, Dorchester, Dorset (GB);NICHOLS A L, UKAEA, Atomic Energy Establishment Winfrith, Chemistry Division, Dorchester, Dorset (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12399 EN (1989) 94 pp., FS, ECU 8.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-0764-X
Record Number: 199010764 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en