Feasibility studies for the detection of third phase during reprocessing of fast reactor fuel

S. Subbuthai, P. Sahoo, R. Ananthanarayanan, A. Nageswara Rao, R.V. Subba Rao

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A conductometric technique for the determination of third phase, a phase formed by splitting of organic phase during malfunction in operation, during reprocessing of fast reactor fuel using a high resolution conductivity monitoring instrument with pulsating sensor developed in-house was tested. Initial studies were carried out in laboratory using uranous salt solutions (U 4+)in various synthetic samples containing different aqueous (A) to organic (O) phase ratios (A/O). Results show that there is appreciable increase in conductivity of third phase solution compared to the other organic phase (∼100 to ∼300 times higher). Such a large change in conductivity in third phase with respect to the other organic phase can be used as a deciding parameter to give first hand information about the occurrence of third phase. © 2012 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-883
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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