A Thermal Analysis System for Radioactive Materials
A thermal analysis system is described that provides simultaneous thermogravimetric, derivative thermogravimetric, and effluent gas analyses of radioactive materials. An analytical balance detects weight changes of 20 µg, and a mass spectrometer detects m/e ratios up to 200. The basic equipment is located within a compartmentalized stainless steel glove box that can safely contain gram quantities of compounds of the lower actinides and up to 100 mg of 244Cm. The system is designed for ease of operation and maintenance. Typical thermal analyses of standard and radioactive materials are presented.
KeywordsFurnace Helium Uranium Carbon Monoxide Barium
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