Calorimetric assay of minor actinides

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This paper reviews the principles of calorimetric assay and evaluates its potential application to the minor actinides (U-232-4, Am-241, Am- 243, Cm-245, Np-237). We conclude that calorimetry and high- resolution gamma-ray isotopic analysis can be used for the assay of minor actinides by adapting existing methodologies for Pu/Am-241 mixtures. In some cases, mixtures of special nuclear materials and minor actinides may require the development of new methodologies that involve a combination of destructive and nondestructive assay techniques.

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Rudy, C.; Bracken, D.; Cremers, T.; Foster, L.A. & Ensslin, N. December 31, 1996.

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This paper reviews the principles of calorimetric assay and evaluates its potential application to the minor actinides (U-232-4, Am-241, Am- 243, Cm-245, Np-237). We conclude that calorimetry and high- resolution gamma-ray isotopic analysis can be used for the assay of minor actinides by adapting existing methodologies for Pu/Am-241 mixtures. In some cases, mixtures of special nuclear materials and minor actinides may require the development of new methodologies that involve a combination of destructive and nondestructive assay techniques.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97001721

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  • Alternate nuclear material conference, Aiken, SC (United States), 15-17 Oct 1996

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  • Other: DE97001721
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-3647
  • Report No.: CONF-9610228--3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 432883
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc685737

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Rudy, C.; Bracken, D.; Cremers, T.; Foster, L.A. & Ensslin, N. Calorimetric assay of minor actinides, article, December 31, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc685737/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.