Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 2, pp 913–922 | Cite as

Trapping measurements of volatile iodine by sand bed and metallic filters

  • O. LeroyEmail author
  • C. Monsanglant-Louvet


A series of experimental tests were performed to measure the efficiency of volatile iodine trapping on sand bed filters and metallic filters. These filtering media are used in French nuclear power plants to mitigate releases in case of severe accident. The results show that molecular iodine is more easily trapped than methyl iodide due to its high chemical affinity with stainless steel or with silver and cesium cations included in the filter medium. For methyl iodide, the trapping efficiency is low.


Source term Severe accident Volatile iodine Sand bed filter Metallic filter 



This work was performed in the frame of the French research program ANR-11-RSNR-0013-01 called MiRE (Mitigation of Iodine Releases in the Environment).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PSN-RESInstitut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN)Saint Paul lez DuranceFrance

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