Description: This report discusses particle size measurements with a modified cascade impactor of the particulate matter in the dissolver off-gases during the period of maximum gas evolution, and during the air sparge of the dissolver solution after the completion of the dissolving cycle which indicate that the mass-size median of the particles was less than 0.1 micron in both cases. The measurements were made, unfortunately, at a time when the efficiency of the silver reactor upstream to the sampling point was low enough to permit appreciable amounts of iodine through to the cascade impactor. The samples were therefore permitted to decay for thirty-five days before the relative amounts of radioactivity on the stages of the impactor and the follow- up filter paper were evaluated. The size of the particles obtained, 0.1 micron, should be considered primarily as an order of magnitude rather than an absolute value, because the cascade impactor (as well as any other impaction device) can not give an accurate value for the particle size in this size range.
Date: November 1, 1951
Creator: Weidenbaum, B.
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