Sample records for chemistry water

  1. Chemistry in water reactors

    The international conference Chemistry in Water Reactors was arranged in Nice 24-27/04/1994 by the French Nuclear Energy Society. Examples of technical program areas were primary chemistry, operational experience, fundamental studies and new technology. Furthermore there were sessions about radiation field build-up, hydrogen chemistry, electro-chemistry, condensate polishing, decontamination and chemical cleaning. The conference gave the impression that there are some areas that are going to be more important than others during the next few years to come. Cladding integrity: Professor Ishigure from Japan emphasized that cladding integrity is a subject of great concern, especially with respect to waterside corrosion, deposition and release of crud. Chemistry control: The control of the iron/nickel concentration quotient seems to be not as important as previously considered. The future operation of a nuclear power plant is going to require a better control of the water chemistry than achievable today. One example of this is solubility control via regulation in BWR. Trends in USA: means an increasing use of hydrogen, minimization of SCC/IASCC, minimization of radiation fields by thorough chemistry control, guarding fuel integrity by minimization of cladding corrosion and minimization of flow assisted corrosion. Stellite replacement: The search for replacement materials will continue. Secondary side crevice chemistry: Modeling and practical studies are required to increase knowledge about the crevice chemistry and how it develops under plant operation conditions. Inhibitors: Inhibitors for IGSCC and IGA as well for the primary- (zinc) as for the secondary side (Ti) should be studied. The effects and mode of operation of the inhibitors should be documented. Chemical cleaning: of heat transfer surfaces will be an important subject. Prophylactic cleaning at regular intervals could be one mode of operation

  2. Crevice chemistry estimation from bulk water chemistry

    Since the first PWR plant in Japan started commercial operation in 1970, 22 plants are running in Japan as of the end of 1994. The main purpose of secondary water chemistry control is to minimize the corrosion possibility of the secondary system equipment, especially steam generators (SG). To achieve this objective, much effort has been concentrated on improving secondary water chemistry control. As a result of this effort, the recent secondary water chemistry in Japanese plants is well maintained in every stage of operation. However, to ensure and improve the reliability of SG, it is necessary to control crevice environments, which are located at tube/tube support plate intersections and under the sludge pile on the tube sheet. According to recent crevice monitoring examination results, the concentration behavior impurities in SG bulk water at the crevice is different for each species, and SG bulk water and crevice chemical compositions are not always equal. From these results, to control the crevice chemistry, improving bulk water chemistry control methods and a new type of molar ratio control index is needed. This paper introduces a brief summary of a recent crevice chemistry evaluation technique and bulk water chemistry control method, which is employed for crevice chemistry control, based on crevice monitoring examination results

  3. Pore-water chemistry

    Vinsot, A. [Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Dechets Radioactifs, Lab. de Souterrain de Meuse/Haute-Marne, 55 - Bure (France); Appelo, C.A.J. [Valeriusstraat 11, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Cailteau, C. [LEM, ENSG/INPL, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Cailteau, C. [G2R-CREGU, UMR 7566 CNRS, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Cailteau, C. [Andra - Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Dechets Radioactifs, 92 - Chatenay Malabry (France); Mettler, S.; Wersin, P. [NAGRA, CH-5430 Wettingen (Switzerland); Canniere, P. de [Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d' Etude de l' Energie Nucleaire, Mol (Belgium); Gabler, H.E. [BGR, Hannover (Germany); Gaucher, E.C.; Tournassat, C. [Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (BRGM), 45 - Orleans (France); Jacquot, E.; Altmann, S. [Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Dechets Radioactifs (DS/TR), 92 - Chatenay Malabry (France); Vinsot, A. [Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Dechets Radioactifs, Lab. de Recherche Souterrain de Meuse/Haute-Marne, 55 - Bure (France); Courdouan, A.; Christl, I.; Kretzschmar, R. [Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, CHN (Switzerland); Wersin, P. [National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), Wettingen (Switzerland); Savoye, S.; Matray, J.M.; Wittebroodt, Ch.; Cabrera, J.; Bensenouci, F. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, 92 - Fontenay aux Roses (France); Michelot, J.L.; Bensenouci, F. [Paris-11 Univ., UMR IDES CNRS, 91 - Orsay (France); Waber, H.S. [Rock-Water Interaction (RWI), Inst. of Geological Sciences, Bern (Switzerland); Wittebroodt, Ch. [Montpellier-2 Univ., MSE, 34 (France); Lavielle, B.; Gilabert, E.; Thomas, B.; Lavastre, V. [Bordeaux 1-2 Univ., (GdR FORPRO 0788), Chimie Nucleaire Analytique et Bioenvironnementale (CNAB), CNRS, 33 - Gradignan (France); Lavastre, V. [Nimes Univ., Geochimie Isotopique Environnementale (GIS/CEREGE), CNRS-RANCE, 30 (France)


    This session gathers 5 articles dealing with: CO{sub 2} data on gas and pore water sampled in-situ in the Opalinus clay at the Mont Terri rock laboratory (A. Vinsot, C.A.J. Appelo, C. Cailteau, S. Mettler, P. Wersin, P. De Canniere, H.E. Gaebler); the improvements in the modelling of the pore water chemistry of the Callovo-Oxfordian formation (E.C. Gaucher, C. Tournassat, E. Jacquot, S. Altmann, A. Vinsot) the nature and reactivity of dissolved organic matter in the Opalinus clay and Callovo-Oxfordian formations (A. Courdouan, I. Christl, P.Wersin, R. Kretzschmar); PH4: a 250 m deep borehole in Tournemire for assessing the reliability of chloride, helium and water stable isotopes profiles in the Toarcian/ Domerian shales (S. Savoye, J.L. Michelot, H.N. Waber, J.M. Matray, F. Bensenouci, Ch. Wittebroodt, J. Cabrera); and the development of a new facility for dating old groundwaters by using {sup 81}Kr (B. Lavielle, E. Gilabert, B. Thomas, V. Lavastre)

  4. Water chemistry and poultry processing water quality

    This study examined the influences of water chemistry on the quality of process water used in immersion chillers. During commercial poultry processing the bird carcasses come in direct contact with process water during washing and chilling operations. Contamination of the process water with bacteria...

  5. Advances in BWR water chemistry

    This paper reviews recent advances in Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) water chemistry control with examples of plant experiences at U.S. designed BWRs. Water chemistry advances provide some of the most effective methods for mitigating materials degradation, reducing fuel performance concerns and lowering radiation fields. Mitigation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of materials remains a high priority and improved techniques that have been demonstrated in BWRs will be reviewed, specifically hydrogen injection combined with noble metal chemical addition (NMCA) and the newer on-line noble metal application process (OLNC). Hydrogen injection performance, an important part of SCC mitigation, will also be reviewed for the BWR fleet, highlighting system improvements that have enabled earlier injection of hydrogen including the potential for hydrogen injection during plant startup. Water chemistry has been significantly improved by the application of pre-filtration and optimized use of ion exchange resins in the CP (condensate polishing) and reactor water cleanup (RWCU) systems. EPRI has monitored and supported water treatment improvements to meet water chemistry goals as outlined in the EPRI BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines, particularly those for SCC mitigation of reactor internals and piping, minimization of fuel risk due to corrosion and crud deposits and chemistry control for radiation field reduction. In recent years, a significant reduction has occurred in feedwater corrosion product input, particularly iron. A large percentage of plants are now reporting <0.1 ppb feedwater iron. The impacts to plant operation and chemistry of lower feedwater iron will be explored. Depleted zinc addition is widely practiced across the fleet and the enhanced focus on radiation reduction continues to emphasize the importance of controlling radiation source term. In addition, shutdown chemistry control is necessary to avoid excessive release of activated corrosion products from fuel

  6. A handbook of nuclear water chemistry

    This contents is divided three parts. The first part deals with chemistry which is related water nuclear energy. So it explains the role of water in atomic reactor including the basic properties of water, the oxide chemistry electricity chemistry, radiochemistry and measuring techniques of the quality of water in nuclear plant and radiation. The second part introduces technique of nuclear water chemistry, which explains purpose, definition and speciality of water chemistry in light-water reactor. The third part indicates application technology of water chemistry in nuclear energy including putting zinc in light-water reactor and technology of surveillance of leakage in steam generator.

  7. BWR water chemistry impurity studies

    Laboratory studies were made on the effect of water impurities on environmental cracking in simulated BWR water of stainless steel, low alloy steel and nickel-base alloys. Constant elongation rate tensile (CERT) tests were run in simulated normal water chemistry (NWC), hydrogen water chemistry (HWC), or start-up environment. Sulfate, chloride and copper with chloride added to the water at levels of a fraction of a ppM were found to be extremely deleterious to all kinds of materials except Type 316 NG. Other detrimental impurities were fluoride, silica and some organic acids, although acetic acid was beneficial. Nitrate and carbon dioxide were fairly inoccuous. Corrosion fatigue and constant load tests on compact tension specimens were run in simulated normal BWR water chemistry (NWC) or hydrogen water chemistry (HWC), without impurities or with added sulfate or carbon dioxide. For sensitized Type 304 SS in NWC, 0.1 ppM sulfate increased crack propagation rates in constant load tests by up to a factor of 100, and in fatigue tests up to a factor of 10. Also, cracking in Type 316 nuclear grade SS and Alloy 600 was enhanced, but to a smaller degree. Carbon dioxide was less detrimental than sulfate. 3 figs., 4 tabs

  8. PWR secondary water chemistry guidelines: Revision 3

    An effective, state-of-the art secondary water chemistry control program is essential to maximize the availability and operating life of major PWR components. Furthermore, the costs related to maintaining secondary water chemistry will likely be less than the repair or replacement of steam generators or large turbine rotors, with resulting outages taken into account. The revised PWR secondary water chemistry guidelines in this report represent the latest field and laboratory data on steam generator corrosion phenomena. This document supersedes Interim PWR Secondary Water Chemistry Recommendations for IGA/SCC Control (EPRI report TR-101230) as well as PWR Secondary Water Chemistry Guidelines--Revision 2 (NP-6239)

  9. Recent developments in BWR water chemistry

    Water chemistry is of critical importance to the operation and economic viability of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). A successful water chemistry program will satisfy the following goals: - Minimize the incidence and growth of SCC/IASCC, - Minimize plant radiation fields controllable by chemistry, -Maintain fuel integrity by minimizing cladding corrosion, - Minimize flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC) in balance-of-plant components. The impact of water chemistry on each of these goals is discussed in more detail in this paper. It should be noted that water chemistry programs also include surveillance and operating limits for other plant water systems (e.g., service water, closed cooling water systems, etc.) but these are out of the scope of this paper. This paper reviews developments in water chemistry guidelines for U.S. BWR nuclear power plants. (author). 2 figs., 2 tabs., 7 refs

  10. Boom clay pore water chemistry

    In Belgium, geological disposal in clay is the primary option for the isolation of high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel from the biosphere. The Boom Clay is studied as the potential host rock for methodological studies on the geological disposal of radioactive waste. It is present under the facilities of the SCK-CEN at Mol, at a depth of 190 to 293 m. The current R and D programme focuses on the feasibility and safety of radioactive waste disposal in the Boom Clay. In this framework, a detailed characterisation of the clay is performed (mechanical, physico-chemical and hydrogeological properties, variability, role of organic matter,...). In addition, high priority is given to the understanding of the basic phenomena which control the retention o f radionuclides in the clay. Therefore, it is very important to characterise and understand the pore water composition in the host rock. All the available information from previous studies on the Boom Clay pore water chemistry was synthesise d in a 'state of the art' report, status 2004. This report describes the pore water sampling and analytical techniques, the results, and interpretation of a series of studies carried out in-situ in the HADES URF and in the laboratories. The objective of this study was to evaluate the most reliable technique(s) to obtain representative pore water samples, to determine the variation of the pore water composition in the Boom Clay, to present a coherent geochemical model for explaining the mechanisms controlling the Boom Clay pore water composition, and to propose a reference pore water composition to be used in the laboratory experiments, for speciation calculations, and for assessments of perturbation that might influence the Boom Clay pore water. The main conclusions will be presented here. (authors)

  11. COST : action chemistry conference on supramolecular chemistry in water

    Magri, David C.


    Scientists and chemists from 18 countries gathered in Malta for the 3rd Scientific Meeting on Supramolecular Chemistry in Water between the 9 − 11th of November 2013 at the Old University Building on St Paul Street in Valletta

  12. Green chemistry oriented organic synthesis in water.

    Simon, Marc-Olivier; Li, Chao-Jun


    The use of water as solvent features many benefits such as improving reactivities and selectivities, simplifying the workup procedures, enabling the recycling of the catalyst and allowing mild reaction conditions and protecting-group free synthesis in addition to being benign itself. In addition, exploring organic chemistry in water can lead to uncommon reactivities and selectivities complementing the organic chemists' synthetic toolbox in organic solvents. Studying chemistry in water also allows insight to be gained into Nature's way of chemical synthesis. However, using water as solvent is not always green. This tutorial review briefly discusses organic synthesis in water with a Green Chemistry perspective. PMID:22048162

  13. Water chemistry experiences with VVERs at Kudankulam

    Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project - 1 and 2 (Kudankulam NPP - 1 and 2) are pressurised water cooled VVERs of 1000 MWe each. Kudankulam NPP Unit - 1 is presently on its first cycle of operation and Kudankulam NPP Unit - 2 is on the advanced stage of commissioning with the successful completion of hot run related Functional tests. Water Chemistry aspects during various phases of commissioning of Kudankulam NPP Unit - 1 such as Hot Run, Boric acid flushing, initial fuel Loading (IFL), First approach to Criticality (FAC) are discussed. The main objectives of the use of controlled primary water chemistry programme during the hot functional tests are reviewed. The importance of the relevant water chemistry parameters were ensured to have the quality of the passive layer formed on the primary coolant system surfaces. The operational experiences during the 1st cycle of operation of primary water chemistry, radioactivity transport and build-up are presented. The operational experience of some VVER units in the field of the primary water chemistry, radioactivity transport and build-up are presented as a comparison to VVER at Kudankulam NPP. The effects of the initial passivated layer formed on metal surfaces during hot run, activated corrosion products levels in the primary coolant under controlled water chemistry regime and the contamination/radiation situation are discussed. This report also includes the water chemistry related issues of secondary water systems. (author)

  14. Perspective: Water cluster mediated atmospheric chemistry

    The importance of water in atmospheric and environmental chemistry initiated recent studies with results documenting catalysis, suppression and anti-catalysis of thermal and photochemical reactions due to hydrogen bonding of reagents with water. Water, even one water molecule in binary complexes, has been shown by quantum chemistry to stabilize the transition state and lower its energy. However, new results underscore the need to evaluate the relative competing rates between reaction and dissipation to elucidate the role of water in chemistry. Water clusters have been used successfully as models for reactions in gas-phase, in aqueous condensed phases and at aqueous surfaces. Opportunities for experimental and theoretical chemical physics to make fundamental new discoveries abound. Work in this field is timely given the importance of water in atmospheric and environmental chemistry.

  15. Fog water chemistry in Shanghai

    Li, Pengfei; Li, Xiang; Yang, Chenyu; Wang, Xinjun; Chen, Jianmin; Collett, Jeffrey L., Jr.


    With the aim of understanding the fog chemistry in a Chinese megacity, twenty-six fog water samples were collected in urban Shanghai from March 2009 to March 2010. The following parameters were measured: pH, electrical conductivity (EC), ten inorganic major ions ( SO42-, NO3-, NO2-, F -, Cl -, Na +, K +, Ca 2+, Mg 2+, NH4+) and four major organic acids (CH 3COO -, HCOO -, CO42-, MSA). The total ionic concentration (TIC) and EC of fog samples were one or two orders of magnitude higher than those often found in Europe, North America and other Asian countries. Pollutants were expected to be mainly from local sources, including factories, motor vehicle emissions and civil construction. Non-local sources such as moderate- and long-range transport of sea salt also contributed to pollution levels in fog events as indicated by back trajectory analysis. The pH of the fog water collected during the monitoring period varied from 4.68 to 6.58; acidic fogs represented about 30.8% of the total fog events during this period. The fog water was characterized by high concentrations of SO42- (20.0% of measured TIC), NO3- (17.1%), NH4+ (28.3%) and Ca 2+ (14.4%). SO42- and NO3-, the main precursors of fog acidity, were related to burning fossil fuels and vehicle emissions, respectively. NH4+, originating from the scavenging of gaseous ammonia and particulate ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate, and Ca 2+, originating from the scavenging of coarse particles, acted as acid neutralizers and were the main cause for the relatively high pH of fogs in Shanghai. The ratio of ( SO42- + NO3-)/( NH4+ + Ca 2+) was lower than 1, indicating the alkaline nature of the fog water. A high ratio of NO3-/ SO42- and low ratio of HCOO -/CH 3COO - were consistent with large contributions from vehicular emissions that produce severe air pollution in megacities.

  16. BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines: 1993 Revision, Normal and hydrogen water chemistry

    The goal of water chemistry control is to extend the operating life of the reactor and rector coolant system, balance-of-plant components, and turbines while simultaneously controlling costs to safeguard the continued economic viability of the nuclear power generation investment. To further this goal an industry committee of chemistry personnel prepared guidelines to identify the benefits, risks, and costs associated with water chemistry in BWRs and to provide a template for an optimized water chemistry program. This document replaces the BWR Normal Water Chemistry Guidelines - 1986 Revision and the BWR Hydrogen Water Chemistry Guidelines -- 1987 Revision. It expands on the previous guidelines documents by covering the economic implications of BWR water chemistry control

  17. BWR normal water chemistry guidelines: 1986 revision

    Boiling water reactors (BWRs) have experienced stress corrosion cracking in the reactor cooling system piping resulting in adverse impacts on plant availability and personnel radiation exposure. The BWR Owners Group and EPRI have sponsored a major research and development program to provide remedies for this stress corrosion cracking problem. This work shows that the likelihood of cracking depends on the plant's water chemistry performance (environment) as well as on material condition and stress level. Plant experience and other research demonstrate that water quality also affects fuel performance and radiation field buildup in BWRs. This report,''BWR Normal Water Chemistry Guidelines: 1986 Revision,'' presents suggested generic water chemistry specifications, justifies the proposed water chemistry limits, suggests responses to out-of-specification water chemistry, discusses available chemical analysis methods as well as data management and surveillance schemes, and details the management philosophy required to successfully implement a water chemistry control program. An appendix contains recommendations for water quality of auxiliary systems. 73 refs., 20 figs., 9 tabs

  18. Water Treatment Technology - Chemistry/Bacteriology.

    Ross-Harrington, Melinda; Kincaid, G. David

    One of twelve water treatment technology units, this student manual on chemistry/bacteriology provides instructional materials for twelve competencies. (The twelve units are designed for a continuing education training course for public water supply operators.) The competencies focus on the following areas: waterborne diseases, water sampling…

  19. Water chemistry and materials degradation in LWR'S

    Water chemistry plays a major role in corrosion, in erosion corrosion and in activity transport in NPPs; it impacts upon the operational safety of LWRs in two main ways: integrity of pressure boundary materials and activity transport and out-of-core radiation fields. A good control of water chemistry can significantly reduce these problems and improve plant safety, but economic pressures are leading to more rigorous operating conditions: fuel burnups are to be increased, higher efficiencies are to be achieved by running at higher temperatures and plant lifetimes are to be extended. Typical water chemistry specifications used in PWR and BWR plants are presented and the chemistry optimization is discussed. The complex interplay of metallurgical, mechanical and environmental factors in environmental sensitive cracking is shown, with details on studies for carbon steels, stainless steels and nickel base alloys. 20 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs

  20. Water chemistry evolution through the critical zone

    Kim, Hyojin


    Water as it passes through the critical zone - from top of the trees to the bottom of the groundwater table - plays a critical role in chemical weathering of rocks and in the global carbon cycle. Although the chemistry of surface water (i.e. rivers and lakes) has been intensively monitored at high-frequency (

  1. EPRI BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines Revision

    BWRVIP-190: BWR Water Chemistry Guidelines – 2008 Revision has been revised. The revision committee consisted of U.S. and non-U.S. utilities (members of the BWR Vessel and Internals Protection (BWRVIP) Mitigation Committee), reactor system manufacturers, fuel suppliers, and EPRI and industry experts. The revised document, BWRVIP-190 Revision 1, was completely reformatted into two volumes, with a simplified presentation of water chemistry control, diagnostic and good practice parameters in Volume 1 and the technical bases in Volume 2, to facilitate use. The revision was developed in parallel and in coordination with preparation of the Fuel Reliability Guidelines Revision 1: BWR Fuel Cladding Crud and Corrosion. Guidance is included for plants operating under normal water chemistry (NWC), moderate hydrogen water chemistry (HWC-M), and noble metal application (GE-Hitachi NobleChem™) plus hydrogen injection. Volume 1 includes significant changes to BWR feedwater and reactor water chemistry control parameters to provide increased assurance of intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) mitigation of reactor materials and fuel reliability during all plant conditions, including cold shutdown (≤200°F (93°C)), startup/hot standby (>200°F (93°C) and ≤ 10%) and power operation (>10% power). Action Level values for chloride and sulfate have been tightened to minimize environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) of all wetted surfaces, including those not protected by hydrogen injection, with or without noble metals. Chemistry control guidance has been enhanced to minimize shutdown radiation fields by clarifying targets for depleted zinc oxide (DZO) injection while meeting requirements for fuel reliability. Improved tabular presentations of parameter values explicitly indicate levels at which actions are to be taken and required sampling frequencies. Volume 2 provides the technical bases for BWR water chemistry control for control of EAC, flow accelerated corrosion

  2. On 2D water chemistry

    The micro-structural behaviour of density fluctuations in liquid water shows that the hydrogen-bonds lifetime is 1-20 ps whereas the broken-bonds lifetime is about 0.1 ps. Therefore spontaneously broken bonds will probably reform to give the original hydrogen bond configuration, but their coherent breakage in molecular cluster will lead to rotation of water molecules around the remaining hydrogen bonds. Our model for topological structure of dense part of liquid water in its density fluctuations as helical tetrahedral clusters is useful for explanation of liquid-water structural anomalies including the high quantity of hydrogen bonds with tetrahedral orientation in non-ordered liquid matrix. The topology of such the clusters is essentially differed from topology of crystalline ice. From this and only this point of view, water can be considered as a two-structural liquid because the formation and decay of such the clusters has dynamic character and is natural consequence of condensed-matter density fluctuations. At a hydrogen-steam (or oxygen-steam) mixture is injected in aqueous solution, it is possible to obtain the stable gaseous nano-bubbles. Such the nano-fluid can convert the liquid water in the non-stoichiometric state, H2O1±z, and (without impurity addition) change its Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) potential. In this connection, we offer to use Fermi level of electron energy in the aqueous solution for correct expressing Redox potential of non-stoichiometric water. If Fermi level will be about in the middle of the band gap, the average number of electrons per quantum state of a reducing agent will be zero and the same factor for the oxidizing one will be unity that is the chemical activity of these agents will be zero. At the same time, the liquid-water non-stoichiometric composition, H2O1±z, is varied in the very narrow range of z ≤ 10-6. Therefore it is important monitoring the Redox potential (Fermi level) online by precise sensor having the exact

  3. Chemistry management of generator stator water system

    Chemistry management of water cooled turbine generators with hollow copper conductors is very essential to avoid possible re-deposition of released copper oxides on stator windings, which otherwise may cause flow restrictions by partial plugging of copper hollow conductors and impair cooling. The phenomenon which is of more concern is not strictly of corrosion failure, but the consequences caused by the re-deposition of copper oxides that were formed by reaction of copper with oxygen. There were also some Operating experiences (OE) related to Copper oxide fouling in the system resulting shut down/off-line of plants. In Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), the turbine generator stator windings are of Copper material and cooled by demineralized water passing through the hollow conductors. The heated water from the stator is cooled by process water. A part of the stator water is continuously passed through a mixed bed polisher to remove any soluble ionic contaminants to maintain the purity of system water and also maintain copper content as low as possible to avoid possible re-deposition of released copper oxides on stator windings. The chemistry regime employed is neutral water with dissolved oxygen content between 1000-2000 ppb. Chemistry management of Stator water system was reviewed to know its effectiveness. Detailed chemical analyses of the spent resins from the polishing unit were carried out in various campaigns which indicated only part exhaustion of the polishing unit resins and reasonably low levels of copper entrapment in the resins, thus highlighting the effectiveness of the in-practice chemistry regime. (author)

  4. Water chemistry features of advanced heavy water reactor

    Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) being designed in India proposes to use Plutonium and Thorium as fuel. The objective is to extract energy from the uranium-233 formed from Thorium. It is a heavy water moderated and light water cooled tube type boiling water reactor. It is a heavy water moderated and light water cooled tube type boiling water reactor. It is a natural circulation reactor. Thus, it has got several advanced passive safety features built into the system. The various water coolant systems are listed below. i) Main Heat transport System ii) Feed water system iii) Condenser cooling system iv) Process water system and safety systems. As it is a tube type reactor, the radiolysis control differs from the normal boiling water reactor. The coolant enters the bottom of the coolant channel, boiling takes place and then the entire steam water mixture exits the core through the long tail pipes and reaches the moisture separator. Thus, there is a need to devise methods to protect the tail pipes from oxidizing water chemistry condition. Similarly, the moderator heavy water coolant chemistry differs from that of moderator system chemistry of PHWR. The reactivity worth per ppm of gadolinium and boron are low in comparison to PHWR. As a result, much higher concentration of neutron poison has to be added for planned shutdown, start up and for actuating SDS-2. The addition of higher concentration of neutron poison result in higher radiolytic production of deuterium and oxygen. Their recombination back to heavy water has to take into account the higher production of these gases. This paper also discusses the chemistry features of safety systems of AHWR. In addition, the presentation will cover the chemistry monitoring methodology to be implemented in AHWR. (author)

  5. Water chemistry: industrial and power station water treatment

    This book is a blend of basic information on water chemistry at both ambient and high temperature, as well as the problems encountered during wide spread use of water as the fluid for heat transfer in industry. Emphasis is also on steam generating systems and steam quality requirements for high pressure turbines. Special problems of water chemistry and material compatibility in nuclear power stations are also given. A few aspects of both natural waters and effluent treatment systems have also been touched upon briefly

  6. Real time water chemistry monitoring and diagnostics

    EPRI has produced a real time water chemistry monitoring and diagnostic system. This system is called SMART ChemWorks and is based on the EPRI ChemWorks codes. System models, chemistry parameter relationships and diagnostic approaches from these codes are integrated with real time data collection, an intelligence engine and Internet technologies to allow for automated analysis of system chemistry. Significant data management capabilities are also included which allow the user to evaluate data and create automated reporting. Additional features have been added to the system in recent years including tracking and evaluation of primary chemistry as well as the calculation and tracking of primary to secondary leakage in PWRs. This system performs virtual sensing, identifies normal and upset conditions, and evaluates the consistency of on-line monitor and grab sample readings. The system also makes use of virtual fingerprinting to identify the cause of any chemistry upsets. This technology employs plant-specific data and models to determine the chemical state of the steam cycle. (authors)

  7. Setting up the water chemistry for thermal water treatment

    Boglovskii, A. V.; Chernozubov, V. B.; Chernykh, N. E.; Gorbunov, A. V.; Birdin, R. Kh.


    Results are presented from the development and setting up of water-chemistry conditions for a thermal water treatment process that allows saline effluents from a boiler house to be eliminated. Peculiarities of reducing scale formation in the evaporator through the use of chalk primer and type PAF-13A antiscale agent are discussed. The results of industrial tests of a thermal water treatment plant are presented that confirm the possibility of producing makeup water for heating networks and steam boilers.

  8. Water chemistry of the secondary loop of pressurized water reactors

    The problems of water chemistry in the steam-water-cycle of a PWR are reviewed. The hydrolysis of salts in the secondary loop was investigated theoretically. The control of the whole system, the operating of single systems and the concentration of contaminants are treated specially. A program has been developed for the operation under optimal conditions. (orig.)

  9. Uncommon water chemistry observations in modern day boiling water reactors

    Numerous technologies have been developed to mitigate intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) of boiling water reactor (BWR) materials that include hydrogen water chemistry (HWC), noble metal chemical application (NMCA) and on-line NMCA (OLNC). These are matured technologies with extensive plant operating experiences, HWC – 32 years, NMCA – 18 years and OLNC – 9 years. Over the past three decades, numerous water chemistry data, dose rate data and IGSCC mitigation data relating to these technologies have been published and presented at many international conferences. However, there are many valuable and critical water chemistry and dose rate data that have gone unnoticed and unreported. The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the uncommon water chemistry and dose rate experiences that reveal valuable information on the performance and durability of NMCA and OLNC technologies. Data will be presented, that have hitherto been unseen in public domain, from the lead OLNC plant in Switzerland giving reasons for some of the uncommon or overlooked water chemistry observations. They include, decreasing reactor water platinum concentration with each successive OLNC application, lack of increase in reactor water activation products in later applications, gradual disappearance of main steam line radiation (MSLR) monitor response decrease, Curium and Au-199 release during OLNC applications, rapid increase in reactor water clean-up conductivity, and Iodine, Mo-99 and Tc-99m spiking when hydrogen is interrupted and brought back to service, and main steam and reactor water conductivity spiking when clean-up beds or condensate demineralizers are changed. All these observations give valuable information on the success of OLNC applications and also signal the presence of sufficient noble metal on in-reactor surfaces from the long term durability and effectiveness stand point. Some of these observations can be used as secondary parameters, if and when a primary

  10. Water chemistry of breeder reactor steam generators

    The water quality requirements will be described for breeder reactor steam generators, as well as specifications for balance of plant protection. Water chemistry details will be discussed for the following power plant conditions: feedwater and recirculation water at above and below 5% plant power, refueling or standby, makeup water, and wet layup. Experimental data will be presented from tests which included a departure from nucleate boiling experiment, the Few Tube Test, with a seven tube evaporator and three tube superheater, and a verification of control and on-line measurement of sodium ion in the ppB range. Sampling and instrumentation requirements to insure adherence to the specified water quality will be described. Evaporator cleaning criteria and data from laboratory testing of chemical cleaning solutions with emphasis on flow, chemical composition, and temperature will be discussed

  11. Pore water chemistry of the febex bentonite

    The knowledge of pore water chemistry in the clay barrier is essential for performance assessment purposes in a nuclear waste repository, since the pore water composition controls the processes involved in the release and transport of the radionuclides. The methodology followed to define the representative composition of the FEBEX bentonite pore water is presented in this paper. A series of bentonite-water interaction tests have been performed with the aim of providing a database on the main chemical parameters of the bentonite. These tests were carried out both with high solid to liquid (s:l) ratios (squeezing tests) and low s:l ratios (aqueous extracts tests). The exchangeable cations have also been analyzed to determine the selectivity coefficient of the exchange reactions. To complete the data set, a physical and mineralogical characterization of the bentonite was made. The most significant bentonite-water interaction processes controlling the chemistry of the system was identified. The ion concentrations basically depend on the s:l ratio of the system, and the pore water composition is controlled by the dissolution of chlorides, dissolution/precipitation of carbonates and sulphates and the cation exchange reactions in the smectite. The bentonite/water system was modelled with the PHREEQC2 program to obtain the best possible estimation of the pore water composition for initial conditions of water content (=14%), after checking the conceptual model with the experimental results. The model predictions fitted satisfactorily with the experimental data at low s:l ratios. At high s:l ratios, the modelled results agree adequately, except for the sulphate content, which could be affected by the effective porosity, anion exclusion or stagnant zones not taken into account in the model. According to the model, the FEBEX bentonite pore water at 14% moisture is a sodium-chloride type, with an ionic strength of 0.25 M and pH of 7.78. Copyright (2001) Material Research

  12. Design Features of the SMART Water Chemistry

    The design features for the primary water chemistry for the SMART are introduced from the viewpoint of the system characteristics and the chemical design concept. The most essential differences in water chemistry between the commercially operating PWRs and SMART are characterized by the presence of boron in the water and the operating mode of the purification system. SMART is a soluble boron free reactor, and the ammonia is used as a pH reagent. The material for SMART steam generator is also different from the standard material of the commercially operating PWRs: titanium alloy for the steam generator tubes. In SMART hydrogen gas which suppresses a generation of oxidizing species by the radiolysis processes in the reactors is not added to the primary coolant, but is normally generated from the radiolysis of the ammonia as the coolant passes through the core. Ammonia is added once per shift because SMART reactor has no letdown and charging system during power operation. Because of these competing processes, the concentrations of hydrogen, nitrogen and ammonia in the primary coolant are in equilibrium, which depend on the decomposition and/or combination rate of the ammonia. The level of permissible oxygen concentration in the primary coolant can be ensured by both suppression of the water radiolysis through maintaining a high enough hydrogen concentration in the primary coolant and by a restriction of the oxygen ingress into the primary coolant with the makeup water. The ammonia chemistry in SMART reactor eliminates the need for hydrogen injection for the control of the dissolved oxygen in the primary coolant because of spontaneous generation of hydrogen and nitrogen produced by the reaction of the ammonia decomposition. (authors)

  13. Water chemistry in operating nuclear power plants

    The R and D investigations in chemistry and biology in coolant waters have to be performed more in the 'field' than in the laboratory. There are three main reasons for it. Essentially the power plant utility is the user of the R and D results and hence the results have to be applicable immediately in the plant, yield desirable results and must be reproducible and should not lead to any regulatory or safety problem for the plant. Several utilities in the country and abroad encounter types of operational constraints which may not have identical solutions even though the system and chemistry domain are identical by design and concept. Hence the R and D solutions are to be improvised periodically for the same system. The physical conditions, materials and metallurgy of engineering systems get revised periodically to enhance power production at cheaper rates. This is another driving force for R and D in water chemistry. Environmental compliance for any discharge from power plant is taken very seriously because of the potential danger not only to the human population around but also to the different forms of biota

  14. Water chemistry management of nuclear power plant. Water chemistry management of BWR plant

    There are two kinds of nuclear power plants such as Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) and Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) in Japan. In this paper, a water chemistry management of BWR plant is explained. BWR plant makes steam produced in the reactor send to the turbine and produce power, then condensate in the main condenser and use again as feed water. The objects of water chemistry management of BWR are security of good conditions of fuel and structure materials and reduction of the dose equivalent and the radioactive waste. The volume of coolant depends on the temperature change, the concentration of boric acid for neutron absorber, lithium hydroxide for pH control and hydrogen gas for corrosion are controlled. Impurity metals in water of reactor are removed by the condensate demineralizer. The concentration of boron and lithium is controlled from 0 to 4000 ppm and from 0.2 to 2.2 ppm, respectively. On water chemistry technologies for dose reduction, oxygen injection into feed water and control operation of rate of Ni/Fe are explained. On the technologies for preventive maintenance, degassing operation of reactor and hydrogen injection into feed water are described. (S.Y.)

  15. Corrosion and water chemistry studies at Halden

    A PWR facility installed in the Halden reactor is being used to determine the effects of high lithium concentration (high pH) on the corrosion behaviour of high burn-up Zircaloy-4 fuel rods subjected either to nucleate boiling or to one-phase cooling conditions. Pre-test as well as interim oxide layer thickness measurements have been performed on the test segments, and comparisons made with predicted values based on model calculations. The oxide thicknesses measured at an average burn-up above 40 MWd/kgUO2 are consistent with literature data and show no evidence of corrosion enhancement due to the high lithium content. Presence of crud deposits was noted at the cooler end of the rods exposed to one phase cooling conditions. The experiment will continue until October 1991, when anticipated maximum oxide thicknesses will be in the range 80-100 μm. A BWR facility, dedicated to exploring the effects of environmental variables on the irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) behaviour of in-core structural component materials is described. The main objectives of the study, which are to evaluate the effects of water chemistry, fluence, stress level and alloy composition on cracking propensity, are discussed. The water chemistry monitoring facilities at Halden are mentioned

  16. Safety aspects of water chemistry in light water reactors

    The goals of the water chemistry control programmes are to maximize operational safety and the availability and operating life of primary system components, to maximize fuel integrity, and to control radiation buildup. To achieve these goals an effective corporate policy should be developed and implemented. Essential management responsibilities are: Recognizing of the long-term benefits of avoiding or minimizing: a) system corrosion; b) fuel failure; and c) radiation buildup. The following control or diagnostic parameters are suitable performance indicators: for PWR primary coolant circuits: pH of reactor water (by operating temperature); Concentration of chlorides in reactor water; Hydrogen (or oxygen) in reactor water. For PWR secondary coolant circuits: pH in feedwater; Cation productivity in steam generator blowdown; Iron concentration in feedwater; Oxygen concentration in condensate. And BWR coolant circuits: Conductivity of reactor water; Concentration of chlorides in reactor water; Iron concentration in feedwater; Copper concentration in feedwater. The present document represents a review of the developments in some Member States on how to implement a reasonable water chemistry programme and how to assess its effectiveness through numerical indicators. 12 figs, 20 tabs

  17. Survey of Water Chemistry and Corrosion of NPP

    Status of water chemistry of nuclear power plant and materials corrosion has been surveyed. For PWR, system chemistry of primary coolant and secondary coolant as well as the related corrosion of materials was surveyed. For BWR, system chemistry as whole has been surveyed with its accompanying corrosion problems. Radiolysis of coolant water and activation of corrosion products also was surveyed. Future NPP such as supercritical water cooled reactor and fusion reactor has also been surveyed for their water chemistry and corrosion problems. As a result, proposal for some research items has been suggested. Some related corrosion research techniques and electrochemical fundamentals are also presented

  18. Survey of Water Chemistry and Corrosion of NPP

    Jung, Ki Sok; Hong, Bong Geon


    Status of water chemistry of nuclear power plant and materials corrosion has been surveyed. For PWR, system chemistry of primary coolant and secondary coolant as well as the related corrosion of materials was surveyed. For BWR, system chemistry as whole has been surveyed with its accompanying corrosion problems. Radiolysis of coolant water and activation of corrosion products also was surveyed. Future NPP such as supercritical water cooled reactor and fusion reactor has also been surveyed for their water chemistry and corrosion problems. As a result, proposal for some research items has been suggested. Some related corrosion research techniques and electrochemical fundamentals are also presented.

  19. Water chemistry and behavior of materials in PWRs and BWRs

    Water chemistry plays a major role in corrosion and in activity transport in NPP's. Although a full understanding of all mechanisms involved in corrosion does not exist, controlling of the water chemistry has achieved good results in recent years. Water chemistry impacts upon the operational safety of LWR's in two main ways: integrity of pressure boundary materials and, activity transport and out-of-core radiation fields. This paper will describe application of water chemistry control in operating reactors to prevent corrosion. Some problems experienced in LWR's will be reviewed for the design of the nuclear heating reactors (NHR). (author). 18 refs, 10 figs, 5 tabs

  20. Light water reactor materials and water chemistry studies at Halden

    The OECD Halden Reactor Project is undertaking several studies aimed at evaluating the effects of coolant chemistry on LWR materials corrosion performance by means of in-pile tests performed in facilities simulating both PWR and BWR environments. A PWR facility has been used to determine the effects of high pH (4-4.5ppm Li) on the corrosion behaviour of Zircaloy-4 cladding material and the results of this investigation are presented. A BWR test facility, dedicated to exploring the effects of environmental variables on the Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking behaviour of stainless steels and nickel-based alloys commonly found in BWRs, is described. The water chemistry monitoring capabilities at Halden are addressed and plans for future studies are discussed. (author)

  1. Water Chemistry Division Progress Report (April 1983 - April 1985)

    The research and development work of the Water Chemistry Division during the period from April 1983 to April 1985 is reported in the form of individual summaries. The activities of the Division cover the following fields: water and steam chemistry, high temperature studies, single crystal structure by x-ray diffraction, vriable temperature, x-ray powder studies, thermal analysis and thermophysical properties of rare earth compounds and uranium chemistry. (author)

  2. Development of Database and Lecture Book for Nuclear Water Chemistry

    In order to establish a systematic and synthetic knowledge system of nuclear water chemistry, we held nuclear water chemistry experts group meetings. We discussed the way of buildup and propagation of nuclear water chemistry knowledge with domestic experts. We obtained a lot of various opinions that made the good use of this research project. The results will be applied to continuous buildup of domestic nuclear water chemistry knowledge database. Lessons in water chemistry of nuclear power plants (NPPs) have been opened in Nuclear Training and education Center, KAERI to educate the new generation who are working and will be working at the department of water chemistry of NPPs. The lessons were 17 and lesson period was from 12th May through 5th November. In order to progress the programs, many water chemistry experts were invited. They gave lectures to the younger generation once a week for 2 h about their experiences obtained during working on water chemistry of NPPs. The number of attendance was 290. The lessons were very effective and the lesson data will be used to make database for continuous use

  3. Ground water chemistry and water-rock interaction at Olkiluoto

    Bedrock investigations for the final repository for low- and intermediate level wastes (VLJ repository) generated at the Olkiluoto (TVO-I and TVO-II) nuclear power plant, stareted in 1980. Since 1988 the area has been investigated for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. In the report the geochemistry at the nuclear waste investigation site, Olkiluoto, is evaluated. The hydrogeological data are collected from boreholes drilled down to 1000-m depth into Proterozoic crystalline bedrock. The interpretation is based on groundwater chemistry and isotope data, mineralogical data, and the structure and hydrology of the bedrock, using correlation diagrams and thermodynamic calculations (PHREEQE). The hydrogeochemistry and major processes controlling the groundwater chemistry are discussed. The groundwater types are characterized by water-rock interaction but they also show features of other origins. The fresh and brackish waters are contaminated by varying amounts of young meteoric water and brackish seawater. The saline water contains residues of possibly ancient hydrothermal waters, imprints of which are occasionally seen in the rock itself. Different mixing phenomenas are indicated by the isotope contents (O-l8/H-2, H-3) and the Ca/Cl, Na/Cl, HCO3/Cl, SO4/Cl, Br/Cl, SI(calcite)/SI(dolomite) ratios. The interaction between bedrock and groundwater is reflected by the behaviour of pH, Eh, Ca, Mg, Na, K, Fe, HCO3 and S04. Dissolution and precipitation of calcite and pyrite, and aluminosilicate hydrolysis play the major role in defining the groundwater composition of the above components

  4. Relation between water chemistry and operational safety

    This report describes the relation between chemistry/radiochemistry and operational safety, the technics bases for chemical and radiochemical parameters and an analysis of the Annual Report of Angra I Operation and OSRAT Mission report to 1989 in this area too. Furthermore it contains the transcription of the technical Specifications related to the chemistry and radiochemistry for Angra I. (author)

  5. Classifying hot water chemistry: Application of MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS - R code

    Irawan, Dasapta Erwin; Gio, Prana Ugiana


    The following R code was used in this paper "Classifying hot water chemistry: Application of MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS" authors: Prihadi Sumintadireja1, Dasapta Erwin Irawan1, Yuano Rezky2, Prana Ugiana Gio3, Anggita Agustin1

  6. Classifying hot water chemistry: Application of MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS

    Sumintadireja, Prihadi; Irawan, Dasapta Erwin; Rezky, Yuanno; Gio, Prana Ugiana; Agustin, Anggita


    This file is the dataset for the following paper "Classifying hot water chemistry: Application of MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS". Authors: Prihadi Sumintadireja1, Dasapta Erwin Irawan1, Yuano Rezky2, Prana Ugiana Gio3, Anggita Agustin1

  7. Electrochemical potential measurements under simulated BWR water chemistry conditions

    Laboratory studies have been performed to investigate the stainless steel corrosion potential under simulated BWR coolant chemistry conditions. In addition to dissolved oxygen and hydrogen, test parameters also included chemical additives, metallic ions and hydrogen peroxide at various concentrations. The effect of water flow velocity was also investigated under various water chemistry conditions. The details of test results have been described elsewhere, and the highlights of the investigation are summarized in this paper. (J.P.N.)

  8. Water Chemistry Section: progress report (1981-82)

    The activities of the Water Chemistry Section of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay, during the years 1981 and 1982 are reported in the form of individual summaries. The research activities of the Section cover the following areas: (1) chemistry and thermodynamics of nuclear materials, (2) crystal structure of organo-metallic complexes using X-ray diffraction, (3) thermophysical and phase transition studies, (4) solid state chemistry and thermochemical studies, (5) water and steam chemistry of heavy water plants and phwr type reactors, and (6) uranium isotope exchange studies. A survey is also given of: (i) the Section's participation in advisory and consultancy services in nuclear and thermal power stations, (ii) training activities, and (iii) assistance in chemical analysis by various techniques to other units of BARC and outside agencies. A list of publications and lectures by the staff during the report period is included. (M.G.B.)

  9. Water chemistry of small reservoir catchments in central Tunisia

    Montoroi, Jean-Pierre; GRUNBERGER, OLIVIER; Nasri, S


    Numerous small hill reservoirs have been constructed in Tunisia since the early 1990's. The water chemistry of a representative small reservoir catchment was investigated to elucidate water-soil-rock interactions. The groundwater and surface water of the calcareous and marly watershed were characterizes by field chemical investigations and pedological observations. The reservoir water was alkaline, with a low concentration, highly oxygenated and weakly carbonated while the groundwater was neu...

  10. Water chemistry of the JMTR IASCC irradiation loop system

    Irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) is recognized as an important degradation issue of the core-internal material for aged Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs). Therefore, irradiation loop system has been developed and installed in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor to perform the IASCC irradiation test. In the IASCC irradiation test, water chemistry of irradiation field is one of the most important key parameters because it affects initiation and propagation of cracks. This paper summarizes the measurement and evaluation method of water chemistry of IASCC irradiation loop system. (author)

  11. Experience on KKNPP VVER 1000 MWe water chemistry

    Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project consists of pressurized water reactor (VVER) 2 x 1000 MWe constructed in collaboration with Russian Federation at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu. Unit - 1 attained criticality on July 13th 2013 and the unit was synchronized to grid on 22nd October 2013. This paper highlights experience gained on water chemistry regime for primary and secondary circuit. (author)

  12. Water chemistry control to meet the advanced design and operation of light water reactors

    Water chemistry control is one of the key technologies to establish safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants. The road maps on R and D plans for water chemistry of nuclear power systems in Japan have been proposed along with promotion of R and D related water chemistry improvement for the advanced application of light water reactors (LWRs). The technical trends were divided into four categories, dose rate reduction, structural integrity, fuel integrity and radioactive waste reduction, and latest technical break through for each category was shown for the advanced application of LWRs. At the same time, the technical break through and the latest movements for regulation of water chemistry were introduced for each of major organizations related to nuclear engineering in the world. The conclusions were summarized as follows; 1. Water chemistry improvements might contribute to achieve the advanced application of LWRs, while water chemistry should be often changed to achieve the advanced application of LWRs. 2. Only one solution for water chemistry control was not obtained for achieving the advanced application of LWRs, but miscellaneous solutions were possible for achieving one. Optimal water chemistry control was desired for having the good practices for satisfying multi-targets at the same time and it was much affected by the plant unique systems and operational history. 3. That meant it was difficult to determine water chemistry regulation targets for achieving application of LWRs but it was necessary to prepare suitable guideline for good achievement of application of LWRs. That meant the guideline should be recommendation for good practice in the plant. 4. The water chemistry guide line should be modified along with progress of plant operation and water chemistry and related technologies. (author)

  13. Contribution of water chemistry and fish condition to otolith chemistry: comparisons across salinity environments.

    Izzo, C; Doubleday, Z A; Schultz, A G; Woodcock, S H; Gillanders, B M


    This study quantified the per cent contribution of water chemistry to otolith chemistry using enriched stable isotopes of strontium ((86) Sr) and barium ((137) Ba). Euryhaline barramundi Lates calcarifer, were reared in marine (salinity 40), estuarine (salinity 20) and freshwater (salinity 0) under different temperature treatments. To calculate the contribution of water to Sr and Ba in otoliths, enriched isotopes in the tank water and otoliths were quantified and fitted to isotope mixing models. Fulton's K and RNA:DNA were also measured to explore the influence of fish condition on sources of element uptake. Water was the predominant source of otolith Sr (between 65 and 99%) and Ba (between 64 and 89%) in all treatments, but contributions varied with temperature (for Ba), or interactively with temperature and salinity (for Sr). Fish condition indices were affected independently by the experimental rearing conditions, as RNA:DNA differed significantly among salinity treatments and Fulton's K was significantly different between temperature treatments. Regression analyses did not detect relations between fish condition and per cent contribution values. General linear models indicated that contributions from water chemistry to otolith chemistry were primarily influenced by temperature and secondly by fish condition, with a relatively minor influence of salinity. These results further the understanding of factors that affect otolith element uptake, highlighting the necessity to consider the influence of environment and fish condition when interpreting otolith element data to reconstruct the environmental histories of fish. PMID:26033292

  14. Chemistry control strategies for a supercritical water-cooled reactor

    The long-term viability of any Generation IV Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR) concept depends on the ability of reactor designers and operators to predict and control water chemistry to minimize corrosion and corrosion product transport. Currently, SCWR material testing is being carried out using a limited range of water chemistries to establish the dependencies of the corrosion behavior on parameters such as water temperature and dissolved oxygen concentration. Once a final suite of candidate alloys is identified, more detailed, longer term testing will be needed under water chemistry regimes expected to be used in the SCWR. Prior to these tests, it will be necessary to identify proposed water chemistry regimes for the SCWR, and provide expected ranges for the key parameters. The direct-cycle design proposed for various SCWR concepts take advantage of the extensive operating experience world-wide of fossil-fired SCW power plants. Conceptually, the SCWR replaces the fossil-fired boiler with the reactor core (pressure vessel or pressure tube); the concept is broadly similar to that of a boiling water reactor. Current fossil-fired SCW power plants use either an all-volatile treatment or oxygenated water treatment for the feedwater systems. While the optimal water chemistry for a SCWR is yet to be determined, the monitored parameters are likely to be the same as those in existing fossil-fired and nuclear power plants: pH; conductivity, and concentrations of O2, H2, additives, impurities, corrosion and activation products. Monitoring will be required at many of the same components: feedwater, main 'steam', drains, pump outlets, condenser hotwell, and purification inlets and outlets. This paper outlines the strategy being used to develop a water chemistry regime for a CANDU® SCWR. It describes the key areas identified for chemistry monitoring and control: a) the reactor core, where materials are subjected to irradiation and high temperature, b

  15. Environmental Chemistry: Air and Water Pollution.

    Stoker, H. Stephen; Seager, Spencer L.

    This is a book about air and water pollution whose chapters cover the topics of air pollution--general considerations, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, hydrocarbons and photochemical oxidants, sulfur oxides, particulates, temperature inversions and the greenhouse effect; and water pollution--general considerations, mercury, lead, detergents,…

  16. Par Pond Fish, Water, and Sediment Chemistry

    The objectives of this report are to describe the Par Pond fish community and the impact of the drawdown and refill on the community, describe contaminant levels in Par Pond fish, sediments, and water and indicate how contaminant concentrations and distributions were affected by the drawdown and refill, and predict possible effects of future water level fluctuations in Par Pond

  17. Mapping the water chemistry of the Clyde Basin drainage network

    Bearcock, Jenny; Smedley, Pauline; Everett, Paul; Ander, Louise; Fordyce, Fiona


    Mapping the chemistry of stream and river water across the Clyde Basin serves both to characterise the water quality and assess the dominant controls. Surveys of the Clyde drainage network, undertaken between 2003 and 2010, have generated data encompassing rural and urban streams, rivers, and estuarine water. Mapping displays the large spatial variability in chemical composition across the Basin and the varying influences of controls such as rainfall, land cover and geology. They also display...

  18. Water chemistry management during hot functional test

    To reduce radiation exposure in light water reactor, it is important decrease radioactive corrosion product which is a radiation source. One of the countermeasures is to improve water quality during plant trial operation to form a stable oxide film and to minimize metal release to the coolant at the beginning of commercial operation. This study reviews the optimum water quality conditions to form a chromium rich oxide film during hot functional test (HFT) that is thought to be stable under the PWR condition and reduce the release of Ni that is the source of Co-58, the main radiation source of exposure. (author)

  19. Ground water chemistry and water-rock interaction at Kivetty

    The geochemistry of the groundwater at one of the investigation areas for nuclear waste, Kivetty (Kongingas) in central Finland is evaluated. The hydrogeological data is collected from boreholes drilled down to 1000-m depth into crystalline bedrock. The interpretation is based on groundwater chemistry and isotope data, mineralogical data and the structure and hydrology of the bedrock, using correlation diagrams and thermodynamic calculations (PHREEQE). The hydrogeochemistry and major processes controlling the groundwater chemistry are discussed

  20. Water chemistry in nuclear power station

    The nuclear power generation in Japan takes about 30 % of the total generated electric power, and the stable operation and the improvement of the rate of operation are anticipated. In such situation, the water quality control in nuclear power stations aims at the prevention of the corrosion damage of structural materials in the plants, the grasp of the behavior of corrosion products of infinitesimal amount and the countermeasures for reducing them as the important subjects. At the beginning of the operation of LWRs in Japan, stress corrosion cracking and the rise of plant dose rate in BWRs and the corrosion damage of steam generator tubes in PWRs occurred, and the importance of water quality control was recognized. The water quality control standard and the materials for BWRs are shown. In BWRs, the maintenance of the purity of water is the primary subject. The quantity of dissolved oxygen is properly adjusted, and the reduction of generation and removal of iron crud are carried out. Also the water quality control standard and the materials for PWRs are shown. In the primary system, the concentrations of boric acid and lithium hydroxide are controlled, and the pH of coolant is an adjustment factor. In the secondary system, all volatile treatment and condensate desalting equipment are used. (Kako, I.)

  1. Water chemistry of Kori nuclear power plant

    An analysis and investigation were performed on the data connected with water quality control at Kori No. 1 plant, during commercial operation, from Apr. to Oct. 1978. Contents of ammonia contained in steam generator samples in Apr. and Sep. were exceeding the control value recommended by Westingouse, but contents of another analysis items were satisfied with Westinghouse's value. Ammonia being determental to materials of PWR is produced by thermal decomposition of hydrazine added in order to decrease dissolved oxygen. Therefore, the factors considered to minimize dissolved oxygen content as well as behaviour of ammonia in secondary coolant were investigated. Furthermore, brief discussion was made on establishing of polishing plant, establishment of water analysis method, establishing of on-line recorder and its normal operation to control water quality efficiently, and designs for construction of autoclave and pot boiler to study corrosion phenomena. (author)

  2. Drainage water chemistry in geochemically contrasting catchments

    Krám, Pavel; Myška, Oldřich; Čuřík, J.; Veselovský, F.; Hruška, Jakub

    Brno : Global change research centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i, 2013 - (Stojanov, R.; Žalud, Z.; Cudlín, P.; Farda, A.; Urban, O.; Trnka, M.), s. 173-177 ISBN 978-80-904351-8-6. [Global Change and Resilience. Brno (CZ), 22.05.2013-24.05.2013] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : granite * amphibolite * serpentinite * Norway spruce * soil water * stream water * acidification * weathering Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

  3. Does stream water chemistry reflect watershed characteristics?

    Chuman, Tomáš; Hruška, Jakub; Oulehle, Filip; Gürtlerová, P.; Majer, V.


    Roč. 185, č. 7 (2013), s. 5683-5701. ISSN 0167-6369 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : Anions * Cations * Land cover * Water quality * Geochemical reactivity * Czech Republic Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.679, year: 2013

  4. Hydrological Controls on Water Chemistry that Supports Freshwater Mussel Populations

    Prestegaard, K. L.


    Native freshwater mussel species ranges and population sizes have been declining throughout N. America. Due to their sedentary nature, adult mussels are vulnerable to both local habitat changes (often associated with land-use changes, contaminants, and biological invaders) and to climate changes that can alter river flow regimes, bed stability, and water chemistry. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between water chemistry and hydrological events in rivers that support native mussel populations. USGS ion concentration and water quality (pH, temperature, conductivity) data were used to calculate saturation indices for aragonite. For some sites, electrical conductivity was highly correlated with calcium and bicarbonate concentrations and could be used to estimate concentrations when ion chemistry was not measured. Continuous water quality data from datasondes could thus be used to evaluate saturation indices for aragonite on a daily basis for 10-15 year periods. For the Delaware River, which has relatively few carbonate rocks in its watershed, tributary aragonite saturation tended to reflect local geological conditions. The lower main stem of the river integrates the water chemistry of the basin and also responds to climatic conditions. The lower Delaware supports aragonite precipitation approximately 50 days per year, with considerable inter-annual variability. During most years, aragonite precipitation could occur during both the spring and late summer periods, but years with heavy spring rains rather than snowmelt shifts aragonite precipitation to late summer periods. In 2011 when several major tropical storms hit the Delaware basin, streamflow was too dilute for aragonite precipitation for most of the summer period. These data suggest that hydrological changes associated with climatic changes may influence the water chemistry and affect the suitability of some rivers as mussel habitat.

  5. Dynamic combinatorial chemistry with diselenides and disulfides in water

    Rasmussen, Brian; Sørensen, Anne; Gotfredsen, Henrik;


    Diselenide exchange is introduced as a reversible reaction in dynamic combinatorial chemistry in water. At neutral pH, diselenides are found to mix with disulfides and form dynamic combinatorial libraries of diselenides, disulfides, and selenenylsulfides. This journal is © the Partner Organisations...

  6. Proceedings of the water chemistry and materials performance conference

    The proceedings contain 11 papers dealing with primary and secondary side water chemistry in CANDU reactors, with the associated problems of activity transport and steam generator corrosion, and also with the use of decontaminating solutions. The individual papers have been abstracted separately

  7. An Investigation into Water Chemistry in Primary Coolant Circuit of an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

    To ensure operation safety, an optimization on the coolant chemistry in the primary coolant circuit of a nuclear reactor is essential no matter what type or generation the reactor belongs to. For a better understanding toward the water chemistry in an advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR), such as the one being constructed in the northern part of Taiwan, and for a safer operation of this ABWR, we conducted a proactive, thorough water chemistry analysis prior to the completion of this reactor in this study. A numerical simulation model for water chemistry analyses in ABWRs has been developed, based upon the core technology we established in the past. This core technology for water chemistry modeling is basically an integration of water radiolysis, thermal-hydraulics, and reactor physics. The model, by the name of DEMACE-ABWR, is an improved version of the original DEMACE model and was used for radiolysis and water chemistry prediction in the Longmen ABWR in Taiwan. Predicted results pertinent to the water chemistry variation and the corrosion behavior of structure materials in the primary coolant circuit of this ABWR under rated-power operation were reported in this paper. (authors)

  8. Primary water chemistry for NPP with VVER-TOI

    Nowadays within the framework of development of the nuclear power industry in Russia the VVER-TOI reactor is under designing (Standard optimized design). The given design provides for improvement of operation safety level, of technical-economic, operational and load-follow characteristics, and for the raise of competitive capacity of reactor plant and NPP as a whole. In VVER-TOI reactor plant design the primary water chemistry has been improved considering operation experience of VVER reactor plants and a possibility of RP operation under load-follow modes from the viewpoint of meeting the following requirements: - suppression of generation of oxidizing radiolytic products under power operation; - assurance of corrosion resistance of structural materials of equipment and pipelines throughout the NPP design service life; - minimization of deposits on surfaces of the reactor core fuel rods and on heat exchange surface of steam generators; - minimization of accumulation of activated corrosion products; - minimization of the amount of radioactive processing waste. In meeting these requirements an important role is devoted to suppression of generation of oxidizing radiolytic products owing to accumulation of hydrogen in the primary coolant. At NPP with VVER-1000 reactor the ammonia-potassium water chemistry is used wherein the hydrogen accumulation is provided at the expense of ammonia proportioning. Usage of ammonia leads to generation of additional amount of radioactive processing waste and to increased irregularity of maintaining the water chemistry under the daily load-follow modes. In VVER TOI design the primary water chemistry is improved by replacing the proportioning of ammonia with the proportioning of gaseous hydrogen. Different process schemes were considered that provide for a possibility of hydrogen accumulation and maintaining owing to direct proportioning of gaseous hydrogen. The obtained results showed that transition to the potassium water chemistry

  9. Adaptation of Coccolith Calcification to Sea Water Carbonate Chemistry

    Ziveri, P.; Langer, G.; Probert, I.; Young, J.


    Coccolithophores are major calcifiers and through calcification cause feedbacks to atmospheric CO2 cycling. The formation of CaCO3 in seawater, in fact, causes a shift of the carbonate system towards CO2, which in turn affects atmosphere / ocean CO2 exchange. A change in marine calcification provides a concomitant feedback in organic carbon export and would lead to a change in the drawdown of atmospheric CO2. Coccolithophore culture experiments and field observations showed controversial results regarding the response of calcification to high CO2. The three strains of Emiliania huxleyi (the most abundant living coccolithophore species) tested so far show both increased and decreased calcification at high CO2 levels (lower pH). Living E. huxleyi is known to have a large variability in both size and carbonate content. The hypothesis that we want to test in this work is the importance of adaptation of calcification to the seawater carbonate chemistry where coccolithophores calcify. We selected 4 strains of E. huxleyi maintained at the Roscoff culture collection, collected from different oceanographic settings with different carbon speciation. The selected strains are collected from environments with very different water carbonate chemistry and they have different carbonate mass. They have been experimentally grown at different CO2 levels to test the strain calcification response to sea water carbonate chemistry. . With these experiments we test the importance of the calcification strain adaptation to carbonate chemistry. Size and possibly different responses to carbonate chemistry variations will also be discussed.

  10. Geothermal energy : settlement and water chemistry in Cork, Ireland

    Hemmingway, Phil; Long, Michael


    Detailed analysis of potential water chemistry and settlement issues associated with the installation of open-loop geothermal systems is infrequently carried out. This has led to the failure of several previously installed systems. Chemical analysis of water extracted from beneath the Cork docklands, Ireland has been performed by the authors in order to assess the suitability of the area for the exploitation of open-loop geothermal energy. The possibility of settlement induced by pum...

  11. Modeling UTLS water vapor: Transport/Chemistry interactions

    This thesis was initially meant to be a study on the impact on chemistry and climate from UTLS water vapor. However, the complexity of the UTLS water vapor and its recent changes turned out to be a challenge by it self. In the light of this, the overall motivation for the thesis became to study the processes controlling UTLS water vapor and its changes. Water vapor is the most important greenhouse gas, involved in important climate feedback loops. Thus, a good understanding of the chemical and dynamical behavior of water vapor in the atmosphere is crucial for understanding the climate changes in the last century. Additionally, parts of the work was motivated by the development of a coupled climate chemistry model based on the CAM3 model coupled with the Chemical Transport Model Oslo CTM2. The future work will be concentrated on the UTLS water vapor impact on chemistry and climate. We are currently studying long term trends in UTLS water vapor, focusing on identification of the different processes involved in the determination of such trends. The study is based on natural as well as anthropogenic climate forcings. The ongoing work on the development of a coupled climate chemistry model will continue within our group, in collaboration with Prof. Wei-Chyung Wang at the State University of New York, Albany. Valuable contacts with observational groups are established during the work on this thesis. These collaborations will be continued focusing on continuous model validation, as well as identification of trends and new features in UTLS water vapor, and other tracers in this region. (Author)

  12. Corrosion Products Identification at Normal Water and Hydrogen Water Chemistry in Boiling Water Reactors

    The corrosion products sampled from condensate and feedwater systems of boiling water reactors (BWRs) at normal water chemistry (NWC) and hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) operating condition were analyzed with dissolution and instrumental simulation methods. The crystallite and amorphous of iron oxides were separated by means of dissolving method with appropriate chemical solution. The iron oxide composition and content were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) in this study. The insoluble iron oxides were obtained in influent and effluent of condensate demineralizer comprised mostly crystalline structure of hematite, magnetite and non-crystallite form of amorphous at NWC and HWC environments. Both goethite and lepidocrocite compositions are of minor importance in feed water system. Crystallite and amorphous compositions in the samples will be calculated from the new developing dissolution method. The crystalline phase of corrosion products are varied with water chemistry conditions in BWRs. The oxide characterization of system corrosion products includes compositions, morphology and particle size can effectively provide the ways of solving crud removal problem in different condition for the performance of condensate demineralizer. The feasibility of identifying other iron oxides and hydroxides in corrosion products is briefly discussed and the mechanisms of iron oxide formation formed around BWR piping will also be shown in detail in this report. Moreover, it will be figured out the properties of radioactive corrosion products growing in different operation periods. The results can also assist in plant units to improve the crud reduction countermeasures and to optimize the system water chemistry. (authors)

  13. Improved primary water chemistry control of PWR plant in Japan

    Elevated pH operation to the pH value of 7.3 at 285degC is known to be effective for the reduction of radiation source in the primary water system of PWRs. A research project was started in 1989 and concluded in 1996 to study and verify the optimum pH and/or Li concentration from the viewpoint of radiation source reduction and materials integrity under improved water chemistry. This research project is sponsored by the Ministry of International Trade and Industries (MITI) in Japan and has two programs; high pH and high Li. The high Li program was conducted to establish the optimum Li concentration for the high boron concentration region (1100 - 1800 ppm) of the high burn up operation. In this paper, we shall discuss radiation source behavior under high pH conditions and PWSCC (Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking) susceptibility of materials with change of primary water chemistry conditions and the improved water chemistry control based on these tests results. (author)

  14. Water chemistry of Atucha II PHWVR. Design concepts and evolution

    Full text: Atucha II is a pressurized heavy water vessel reactor designed by Siemens-KWU, currently part of AREVA NP, of 745 MWe and similar to Atucha I, which has been in operation over 25 years. The primary heat transport system (PHTS) is composed by vertical channels (277-313 C degrees) that allocate the fuel elements while the moderator circuit is composed by a partially separated circuit (142-173 C degrees). The moderation power is transferred to the feedwater through the moderator heat exchangers (HX). These HXs operate as the last, high pressure water-steam cycle heaters as well. Materials (with exception of fuel channels and fuel sheaths which are made of zirconium alloys) are all austenitic steels while cobalt containing alloys have been all replaced at the design stage. Steam generator and moderator HX tubing are Alloy 800 made. The core is operated without boron except with the first fresh nucleus. The secondary circuit or Balance of plant (BOP) is similar in conception to that of a PWR but the moderator HXs. It is entirely built of ferrous alloys, has a feedwater-deaerator tank and moisture separator. The energy sink is the Rio de la Plata River. The Reactors Chemistry Department, Chemistry Division, National Atomic Energy Commission, in its character of R and D institution has been committed by CNA II-N.A.S.A Project to prepare the water chemistry specifications, water chemistry engineering and manuals, considering the type of reactor, design and construction aspects and operation characteristics, taking into account the current state-of-the art and worldwide standards. This includes conceptual aspects and implementation and operative aspects as well. This documentation will be released after a designer's review as it has been stated in the respective agreement. Respecting the confidentiality agreement between CNEA and NASA and the confidentiality regarding handling original documentation provided by the designer, it is considered illustrative to

  15. Radiation chemistry in ammonia-water ices

    We studied the effects of 100 keV proton irradiation on films of ammonia-water mixtures between 20 and 120 K. Irradiation destroys ammonia, leading to the formation and trapping of H2, N2, NO, and N2O, the formation of cavities containing radiolytic gases, and ejection of molecules by sputtering. Using infrared spectroscopy, we show that at all temperatures the destruction of ammonia is substantial, but at higher temperatures (120 K), it is nearly complete (∼97% destroyed) after a fluence of 1016 ions/cm2. Using mass spectroscopy and microbalance gravimetry, we measure the sputtering yield of our sample and the main components of the sputtered flux. We find that the sputtering yield depends on fluence. At low temperatures, the yield is very low initially and increases quadratically with fluence, while at 120 K the yield is constant and higher initially. The increase in the sputtering yield with fluence is explained by the formation and trapping of the ammonia decay products, N2 and H2, which are seen to be ejected from the ice at all temperatures.

  16. Areva's water chemistry guidebook with chemistry guidelines for next generation plants (AREVA EPRTM reactors)

    Over the years, AREVA globally has maintained a strong expertise in LWR water chemistry and has been focused on minimizing short-term and long-term detrimental effects of chemistry for startup, operation and shutdown chemistry for all key plant components (material integrity and reliability, promote optimal thermal performances, etc.) and fuel. Also AREVA is focused on minimizing contamination and equipment/plant dose rates. Current Industry Guidelines (EPRI, VGB, etc.) provide utilities with selected chemistry guidance for the current operating fleet. With the next generation of PWR plants (e.g. AREVA's EPRTM reactor), materials of construction and design have been optimized based on industry lessons learned over the last 50+ years. To support the next generation design, AREVA water chemistry experts, have subsequently developed a Chemistry Guidebook with chemistry guidelines based on an analysis of the current international practices, plant operating experience, R and D data and calculation codes now available and/or developed by AREVA. The AREVA LWR chemistry Guidebook can be used to help resolve utility and safety authority questions and addresses regulation requirement questions/issues for next generation plants. The Chemistry Guidebook provides water chemistry guidelines for primary coolant, secondary side circuit and auxiliary systems during startup, normal operation and shutdown conditions. It also includes conditioning and impurity limits, along with monitoring locations and frequency requirements. The Chemistry Guidebook Guidelines will be used as a design reference for AREVA's next generation plants (e.g. EPRTM reactor). (authors)

  17. Apparatus for ground water chemistry investigations in field caissons

    Los Alamos is currently in its second season of ground water chemistry and hydrology experimentation in a field facility that incorporates clusters of six, 3-meter-diameter by 6-meter-deep, soil-filled caissons and required ancillaries. Initial experience gained during the 1983 field season indicated the need for further development of the technology of this type of experimentation supporting hydrologic waste management research. Uniform field application of water/matrix solutions to the caisson, matrix and tracer solution blending/storage, and devices for ground water sampling are discussed

  18. Determining water chemistry conditions in nuclear reactor coolants

    The chemistry of the process and coolant systems in water-cooled nuclear reactors is tightly controlled to minimise material degradation and, for some systems, to regulate reactor power. Tight control entails monitoring the systems and making appropriate adjustments. Online monitoring can be utilised where instruments are available but otherwise samples must be taken and measurements made offline. This paper reviews the current technologies for monitoring and sampling. (author)

  19. Activity of Water Chemistry Division of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan

    A water chemistry group in Japan started in 1982 as a special committee of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ). In 2007 the committee has been upgraded as Water Chemistry Division. Current status of the Water Chemistry Division is briefly summarized. (author)

  20. Collection of theses of 7th International scientific and technical conference Water chemistry of NPP

    Collection of theses of the 7th International scientific and technical conference Water chemistry of NPP taking place in Moscow, 17-19 October 2006, is presented. The collection involves theses of reports on wide frame concerning water chemistry of NPP. Administration of the water chemistry of NPP basic circuits with different types of reactors, reliability of facility operation and radiation situation, possible ways for technological development of the water chemistry of NPP are analyzed. Experience of operation and ways for improvements in water purification as well as main problems and directions of the development of water chemistry control of NPP are discussed

  1. Impacts of simulated drought on pore water chemistry of peatlands

    Northern peatlands are increasingly threatened by climate change and industrial activities. This study examined the impact of simulated droughts on pore water chemistry at six peatlands in Sudbury, Ontario, that differ in copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and cobalt (Co) contamination, including a site that had been previously limed. All sites responded similarly to simulated drought: pore water pH declined significantly following the 30 day drought and the decline was greater following the 60 day drought treatment. The decline in pore water pH was due to increasing sulphate concentrations, whereas nitrate increased more in the 60 day drought treatment. Decreases in pH were accompanied by large increases in Ni and Co that greatly exceeded provincial water quality guidelines. In contrast, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations decreased significantly following drought, along with concentrations of Cu and Al, which are strongly complexed by organic acids. -- Highlights: • Assessed impact of simulated 30 and 60 day droughts on peatland pore water chemistry. • Release of SO4 and NO3 induces peatland acidification. • Release of Ni and Co increases with drought duration. • Dissolved organic carbon decreases with drought along with Cu and Al. • Historical liming does not greatly reduce drought impact. -- Simulated drought acidifies pore water of peatlands and increases Ni and Co but decreases DOC, Cu and Al concentration

  2. PWR-440 water chemistry optimization to reduce AOA effect

    The pressure drop increase in PWR-440 is mainly caused by the fact that the coolant contains numerous corrosion products, which are generated after decontamination and deposited in the top part of the fuel assembly as well as by coolant nucleate boiling that under standard water chemistry conditions leads to acceleration of corrosion products deposition and coolant radioactivity growth respectively. The modeling of the pressure drop changes were based on standard data of water chemistry, reactor operating characteristics and fundamental thermodynamic parameters to predict the pressure drop growth. The results of the performed research and modeling of the corrosion products mass transfer processes allowed to qualify relative contribution of thermohydraulic and chemical parameters in the processes and to fulfill the activities as follows: To perform power units operation at water chemistry with maximum permissible alkali metals content. To increase the coolant flow rate through the core; to do so, throttling orifices were replaced and canister-shields were removed. To reduce the number of steam generators to be decontaminated to 2 per year in a single power unit. As a result deposits accumulation in fuel assemblies has been minimized and there is no leakage in the fuel element; reactor thermal output limitation has been eliminated. (author)

  3. Reactor water chemistry relevant to coolant-cladding interaction

    The report is a summary of the work performed in a frame of a Coordinated Research Program organized by the IAEA and carried out from 1981 till 1986. It consists of a survey on our knowledge on coolant-cladding interaction: the basic phenomena, the relevant parameters, their control and the modelling techniques implemented for their assessment. Based upon the results of this Coordinated Research Program, the following topics are reviewed on the report: role of water chemistry in reliable operation of nuclear power plants; water chemistry specifications and their control; behaviour of fuel cladding materials; corrosion product behaviour and crud build-up in reactor circuits; modelling of corrosion product behaviour. This report should be of interest to water chemistry supervisors at the power plants, to experts in utility engineering departments, to fuel designers, to R and D institutes active in the field and to the consultants of these organizations. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 3 papers included in the Annex of this document. Refs, figs, tabs

  4. Water Formation and Oxygen Chemistry on Dust Grains

    Vidali, Gianfranco; He, Jiao

    Water plays an important role in space. As ice on cold dust grains, it provides the medium for a rich chemistry; in the gas-phase, it gives information on the particular environment it is in. It is understood that the formation of water occurs both in the gas-phase and on grains. While the importance of water formation on dust grain surfaces has been recognized for a long time (1) , it is only recently that laboratory investigations have been undertaken to characterize the network of reactions (2) . Closely connected to this work on water formation, is the study of oxygen chemistry on dust grains. Of particular importance is the characterization of the energetics of adsorption, diffusion and desorption of oxygen-containing molecules. I will present data from recent experiments on the interaction of oxygen and hydroxyls with silicate surfaces and on the formation of water on warm (T>30K) amorphous silicates. Such results provide new values to parameters used in simulation codes of the chemical evolution of interstellar space environments. 1. A.G.G.M Tielens & W. Hagen, Astron. & Astrophys. 114, 245 (1982). 2. G. Vidali, J. Low Temp. Phys. 170,1 (2013). This work is supported by the NSF, Astronomy & Astrophysics Division (Grants No. 0908108 and 1311958), and NASA (Grant No. NNX12AF38G). We thank Dr. J.Brucato of the Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri for providing the samples used in these experiments.

  5. A robust model for pore-water chemistry of clayrock

    Gaucher, E. C.; Tournassat, C.; Pearson, F. J.; Blanc, P.; Crouzet, C.; Lerouge, C.; Altmann, S.


    The chemistry of pore water is an important property of clayrocks being considered as host rocks for long-term storage of radioactive waste. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain water samples for chemical analysis from such rocks because of their low hydraulic conductivity. This paper presents an approach for calculating the pore-water compositions of clayrocks from laboratory-measured properties of core samples, including their leachable Cl and SO 4 concentrations and analysed exchangeable cations, and from mineral and cation exchange equilibria based on the formation mineralogy. New core sampling and analysis procedures are presented that reduce or quantify side reactions such as sample oxidation (e.g. pyrite) and soluble mineral dissolution (celestite, SrSO 4) that affect measured SO 4 concentrations and exchangeable cation distributions. The model considers phase equilibria only with minerals that are observed in the formation including the principal clay phases. The model has been used to calculate the composition of mobile pore water in the Callovo-Oxfordian clayrock and validated against measurements of water chemistry made in an underground research laboratory in that formation. The model reproduces the measured, in situ pore-water composition without any estimated parameters. All required parameters can be obtained from core sample analysis. We highlight the need to consider only those mineral phases which can be shown to be in equilibrium with contacting pore water. The consequence of this is that some conceptual models available in the literature appear not to be appropriate for modelling clayrocks, particularly those considering high temperature and/or high pressure detrital phases as chemical buffers of pore water. The robustness of our model with respect to uncertainties in the log K values of clay phases is also demonstrated. Large uncertainties in log K values for clay minerals have relatively small effects on modelled pore-water

  6. Coolant technology of water cooled reactors. V. 1: Chemistry of primary coolant in water cooled reactors

    This report is a summary of the work performed within the framework of the Coordinated Research Programme on Investigations on Water Chemistry Control and Coolant Interaction with Fuel and Primary Circuit Materials in Water Cooled Power Reactors organized by the IAEA and carried out from 1987 to 1991. It is the continuation of a programme entitled Reactor Water Chemistry Relevant to Coolant-Cladding Interaction (IAEA-TECDOC-429), which ran from 1981 to 1986. Subsequent meetings resulted in the title of the programme being changed to Coolant Technology of Water Cooled Reactors. The results of this Coordinated Research Programme are published in four volumes with an overview in the Technical Reports Series. The titles of the volumes are: Volume 1: Chemistry of Primary Coolant in Water Cooled Reactors; Volume 2: Corrosion in the Primary Coolant Systems of Water Cooled Reactors; Volume 3: Activity Transport Mechanisms in Water Cooled Reactors; Volume 4: Decontamination of Water Cooled Reactors. These publications should be of interest to experts in water chemistry at nuclear power plants, experts in engineering, fuel designers, research and development institutes active in the field and to consultants to these organizations. Refs, figs and tabs

  7. Knowledge-based diagnosis of PWR secondary water chemistry

    A prototype knowledge-based diagnostic system has been developed for more effective processing of the in-line chemistry sensor data from the PWR secondary water-steam circuit with the SUN 3/80 workstation and the Nexpert Object shell program. The system consists of the data interface, the data interpreter, the CHEMISTRY-expert, the ACTION-expert, and the user interface. The knowledge base defines physical and conceptual models of the target domain in a class/object hierarchy, giving rise to a reduced number of rules with pattern matching. The rule base is broken down into separate rule groups for task control, classification, prioritization, and diagnosis to minimize the inference time. The system is scheduled for the Verification and Validation test to collect operational information feedback in one of the Korea nuclear power plants in the near future. (author)

  8. The Role of Water Chemistry in Marine Aquarium Design: A Model System for a General Chemistry Class

    Keaffaber, Jeffrey J.; Palma, Ramiro; Williams, Kathryn R.


    Water chemistry is central to aquarium design, and it provides many potential applications for discussion in undergraduate chemistry and engineering courses. Marine aquaria and their life support systems feature many chemical processes. A life support system consists of the entire recirculation system, as well as the habitat tank and all ancillary…

  9. Water chemistry management of research reactor in JAERI

    Yoshijima, Tetsuo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment


    The JRR-3M cooling system consists of four systems, namely; (1) primary cooling system, (2) heavy water cooling system, (3) helium system and (4) secondary cooling system. The heavy water is used for reflector and pressurized with helium gas. Water chemistry management of the JRR-3M cooling systems is one of the important subject for the safety operation. The main objects are to prevent the corrosion of cooling system and fuel elements, to suppress the plant radiation build-up and to minimize the generation of radioactive waste. All measured values were within the limits of specifications and JRR-3M reactor was operated with safety in 1996. Spent fuels of JRR-3M reactor are stored in the spent fuel pool. This pool water has been analyzed to prevent corrosion of aluminum cladding of spent fuels. Water chemistry of spent fuel pool water is applied to the prevention of corrosion of aluminum alloys including fuel cladding. The JRR-2 reactor was eternally stopped in December 1996 and is now under decommissioning. The JRR-2 reactor is composed of heavy water tank, fuel guide tube and horizontal experimental hole. These are constructed of aluminum alloy and biological shield and upper shield are constructed of concrete. Three types of corrosion of aluminum alloy were observed in the JRR-2. The Alkaline corrosion of aluminum tube occurred in 1972 because of the mechanical damage of the aluminum fuel guide tube which is used for fuel handling. Modification of the reactor top shield was started in 1974 and completed in 1975. (author)

  10. On catholyte application for hydrogen water chemistry in PWR

    Considering liquid water as a chemical compound with a wide band gap shows that its Redox potential as Fermi level in the band gap is the measurable characteristic of a non-stoichiometric aqueous coolant in recirculation system of PWR. The hypo-stoichiometric state with the negative Redox potential is realized when Fermi level is shifted to the bottom of conduction band. This state can be fixed by the electro-reduced water (catholyte) of the alkaline solution. Then, the hydride anions (H3O-) as proton acceptors and the hydrox-onium radicals (H3O) as electron donors are emerged in the alkaline catholyte and form hydrated clusters (AH)n(H2O)m of alkaline hydride. These particles as very strong reducers have a molar portion more than the gaseous hydrogen in the aqueous coolant and are the effective remedy for holding the negative Redox potential as an effect of hydrogen water chemistry in PWR. (authors)

  11. IAEA programme on water chemistry in nuclear power plants

    The paper reviews the past future efforts of the IAEA, directed to ensure optimal water chemistry regimes in nuclear power plants. Corrosion of structural materials resulting from the interaction of the coolant with the internal surfaces comprising the primary heat transfer and auxiliary circuits of water reactors, creates two main problems. The first is an operational problem resulting in an increase in the core pressure drop or overheating of the fuel elements induced by crud buildup on the fuel cladding. The second problem is related to occupational radiation exposures arising from contamination of out-of-flux surfaces by corrosion products activated in the reactor core. These are the problems of reliability and safety which together with economics could be considered as the 'three whales' of nuclear power. The main goals of international cooperation in reactor water chemistry are: (1) to create a balanced and well-grounded methodological basis for corresponding regulatory and engineering solutions on a national level and (2) to improve 'the models and predictive capability of specialists for conditions that are different from or perhaps just beyond the realm of experience'. Continuing efforts are required to guarantee the highest reliability and safety standards under favorable economic indices of nuclear power plants, and to obtain understanding of such significant potential for solving the remaining problems. (Nogami, K.)

  12. Water chemistry control practices and data of the European BWR fleet

    Nineteen BWR plants are in operation in Europe, nine built by ASEA Atom, six by Siemens KWU and four by General Electric. This paper gives an overview of water chemistry operation practices and parameters of the European BWR plants. General design characteristics of the plants are described. Chemistry control strategies and underlying water chemistry guidelines are summarized. Chemistry data are presented and discussed with regard to plant design characteristics. The paper is based on a contract of the European BWR Forum with AREVA on a chemistry sourcebook for member plants. The survey of chemistry data was conducted for the years 2002 to 2008. (author)

  13. A prototype expert system 'SMART' for water chemistry control in reactor water circuits

    The operational safety of a power plant depends mainly on the material compatibility of the system materials with the environment. However, for an operating plant, the material is almost fixed and hence one can improve the safety by controlling the surrounding environment. From the economy point of view, the plant availability factor as well as plant life extension (PLEX) are important considerations and these necessitate a systematic approach for continuous parametric monitoring, rapid data analysis and diagnosis for controlling the water chemistry regime. A prototype expert system 'SMART' was developed in BASIC language. The expert system consists of four modules. The DATA HANDLER module controls all the data handling functions and graphical display of the data parameters. It also generates weekly and monthly reports of the water chemistry data. The DATA INTERPRETER module compares the experimental data with the theoretically calculated values and predicts the presence of impurity ingress in the system. The CHEMISTRY EXPERT contains the knowledge base about the various sub-systems. All the water chemistry specifications are translated in the form of IF... THEN.. rules and are stored in this module. The expert system inferences with the forward chain reasoning mechanism to identify the diagnostic parameters by consulting the knowledge base and applying the appropriate rules. The ACTION EXPERT module collects all the diagnostic parameters and suggests the operator, the remedial actions/counter measures that should be taken immediately. This rule based system can be expanded to accommodate different water chemistry regimes. (author)

  14. Influence of water chemistry on fuel cladding behaviour. Proceedings of a technical committee meeting

    For the purpose of the meeting water chemistry included the actual practice, the water chemistry monitoring and the on-going research. Corrosion included also hydriding, recent observations made in reactors, modelling and the recent research carried out. Fifty seven participants representing twenty countries attended the thirty formal presentations and the subsequent discussions. The thirty papers presented were split into five sessions covering, Reactor experience, Mechanism and Modelling, Oxidation and hydriding, On-line monitoring of water chemistry and the review of existing and advanced water chemistries. Four panel discussions including ''Corrosion mechanism and Modelling'', ''Corrosion and Hydriding'', ''Plant Experience and Loop Experiments'', Water Chemistry, Current Practice and Emerging Solutions'' and ''On-line Monitoring of Water Chemistry and Corrosion'' were organized. The main points of discussion focussed on the optimization of water chemistry, the compatibility of potassium water chemistry with the utilization of Zircaloy 4 or the utilization of zirconium niobium cladding with lithium water chemistry. The effect of the fabrication route and of the cladding composition (Sn content) on the corrosion kinetics, the state of the art and the correlative gaps in cladding corrosion modelling and the recent developments of on-line monitoring of water chemistry together with examination of suitable developments, were also discussed. Refs, figs, tabs

  15. Predicted impact of power coastdown operations on the water chemistry for two domestic boiling water reactors

    A theoretical model was adapted to evaluate the impact of power coastdown on the water chemistry of two commercial boiling water reactors (BWRs) in this work. In principle, the power density of a nuclear reactor upon a power level decrease would immediately be lowered, followed by water chemistry variations due to reduced radiolysis of water and extended coolant residence times in the core and near-core regions. It is currently a common practice for commercial BWRs to adopt hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) for corrosion mitigation. The optimal feedwater hydrogen concentration may be different after a power coastdown is implemented in a BWR. A computer code DEMACE was used in the current study to investigate the impact of various power coastdown levels on major radiolytic species concentrations and electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP) behavior of components in the primary coolant circuit of two domestic reactors operating under either normal water chemistry or HWC. Our analyses indicated that under a rated core flow rate the oxidizing species concentrations and the ECP did not vary monotonously with decreases in reactor power level at a fixed feedwater hydrogen concentration. In particular, ECP variations basically followed the patterns of hydrogen peroxide in the select regions and exhibited high values at power levels of 95% and 90% for Chinshan-1 and Kuosheng-1, respectively. (author)

  16. Irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking of stainless alloys in BWR normal water chemistry and hydrogen water chemistry

    Results are reported from a research project with the objectives to investigate the conditions for irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC), and to explore possible remedies. Constant extension rate tensile (CERT) tests were run on specimens of Type 304 stainless steel (SS), Type 316 SS and Alloy 800, which were irradiated in a commercial BWR to fast neutron fluences ranging from 3·1020 to 4·1021 n/cm2 (E>1 MeV). Some of the specimens were under tensile stress during irradiation. Tests were performed in a test loop using reactor water at a high flow rate. The tests were made with normal BWR water chemistry (NWC), BWR hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) and hydrogen peroxide dope NWC or HWC. In oxidizing environment (NWC or H2O2) doped environments Type 316 SS, and possibly Alloy 800, was much less susceptible to IASCC than the Type 304 SS materials. There was no susceptibility to IASCC below a fluence of 5·1020 n/cm2 (E>1 MeV). At approximately 1·1021 n/cm2 (E>1 MeV) a sharp increase in IASCC susceptibility for Type 304 SS was found. The effects of load during irradiation and flux at constant fluence were also investigated

  17. Comparison of French and German NPP water chemistry programs

    PWRs in the western hemisphere obey basically the same rules concerning design, choice of material and operational mode. In spite of these basic similarities, the manufacturers of PWRs in different countries developed different solutions in respect to single components in the steam/water cycle. Looking specifically at France and Germany, the difference in the tubing material of the steam generators (Inconel 600/690 chosen by Framatome and Incoloy 800 chosen by the former Siemens KWU) led to specific differences in the respective chemistry programs and in some respect to different 'philosophies' in operating the water/steam cycle. Compared to this, basic differences in operating the reactor coolant system cannot be observed. Nevertheless specific solutions as zinc injection and the use of enriched B-10 are applied in German PWRs. The application of such measures arises from a specific dose rate situation in older PWRs (zinc injection) or from economic reasons mainly (B-10). (authors)

  18. Modeling and management of pit lake water chemistry 1: Theory

    Highlights: • Review of pit lake literature in the context of pit lake predictions. • Review of approaches used to predict pit wall-rock runoff and leachate. • Review of approaches used to generate a pit lake water balance. • Review of approaches used to generate a hydrodynamic prediction. • Review of approaches used to generate a geochemical prediction of a future pit lake. - Abstract: Pit lakes are permanent hydrologic/landscape features that can result from open pit mining for metals, coal, uranium, diamonds, oil sands, and aggregates. Risks associated with pit lakes include local and regional impacts to water quality and related impacts to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Stakeholders rely on predictive models of water chemistry to prepare for and manage these risks. This paper is the first of a two part series on the modeling and management of pit lakes. Herein, we review approaches that have been used to quantify wall-rock runoff geochemistry, wall-rock leachate geochemistry, pit lake water balance, pit lake limnology (i.e. extent of vertical mixing), and pit lake water quality, and conclude with guidance on the application of models within the mine life cycle. The purpose of this paper is to better prepare stakeholders, including future modelers, mine managers, consultants, permitting agencies, land management agencies, regulators, research scientists, academics, and other interested parties, for the challenges of predicting and managing future pit lakes in un-mined areas

  19. Optimization of operational water chemistry for supercritical-water cooled reactor

    The paper summaries the experimental results obtained within the project 'PRAMEK'. The project is focused on the study of the compatibility of the construction material of fossil-fueled supercritical water cooled power plants and water chemistry, that is currently used and optimization the dosing of the chemical species to the working circuit. The experience from the project enables to evaluate the water chemistry for Supercritical water cooled reactor (SCWR) and the transfer of the operational experience to the operation of the future nuclear power plant. The used materials are candidate for the SCWR and used in the industrial scale in the Ledvice power plant (fossil fuelled) with the supercritical parameters of the medium. It illustrates the future behaviour in the SCWR plant. The influence of the irradiation will be tested in future within the supercritical water loop in the reactor LVR-15. (author)

  20. U.S. experience with hydrogen water chemistry in boiling water reactors

    Hydrogen water chemistry in boiling water reactors is currently being adopted by many utilities in the U.S., with eleven units having completed preimplementation test programs, four units operating permanently with hydrogen water chemistry, and six other units in the process of installing permanent equipment. Intergranular stress corrosion cracking protection is required for the recirculation piping system and other regions of the BWR systems. The present paper explores progress in predicting and monitoring hydrogen water chemistry response in these areas. Testing has shown that impurities can play an important role in hydrogen water chemistry. Evaluation of their effects are also performed. Both computer modeling and in plant measurements show that each plant will respond uniquely to feedwater hydrogen addition. Thus, each plant has its own unique hydrogen requirement for recirculation system protecion. Furthermore, the modeling, and plant measurements show that different regions of the BWR respond differently to hydrogen injection. Thus, to insure protection of components other than the recirculation systems may require more (or less) hydrogen demand than indicated by the recirculation system measurements. In addition, impurities such as copper can play a significant role in establishing hydrogen demand. (Nogami, K.)

  1. Alternative water chemistry for the primary loop of PWR plants

    Advanced fuel element concepts (longer cycles, higher burnup, increased rod power) call for more reactivity binding capacity and, moreover, might produce higher void fractions, particularly in the hot channel. Thus, on the one hand, more alcalizing agent is needed to maintain a high coolant pH according to the approved ''modified boron-lithium mode of operation'' in the presence of more boric acid (chemical shim); on the other hand, increasing enrichment of coolant constituents due to local boiling (higher void fraction), which must not result in accelerated corrosion of fuel cladding and structural materials, imposes enhanced requirements on both, materials technology and water chemistry. At present, the use of boric acid enriched in B10 (the isotope effective in terms of reactivity control) appears to advantageously compromise in capturing more neutrons with less total boron while maintaining or even slightly reducing lithium concentrations at the same time. There is no feasible alternative for boric acid used as the chemical shim and for hydrogen gas as the reducing agent used to suppress oxygen formation by water radiolysis. Systematic screening as performed in phase 1 of a recent project proved potassium hydroxide to be the only potential candidate to favourably replace lithium 7 hydroxide as an alcalizing agent. Unfortunately, the results of pertinent comparative corrosion tests are not unambiguous, and available operational experience with potassium hydroxide in WWER plants is not readily applicable to western world-type PWR plants. Therefore, a switch-over from lithium to potassium can be envisaged only subsequent to a comprehensive qualification program which is planned to be the objective of phase 2 of the project. This program should also comprise zinc addition tests in order to confirm the alleged positive impact of this element on corrosion rates and activity buildup. Supplementary, it is recommended to consider amendments to existing water chemistry

  2. Present and future activities of the water chemistry research committees in JAES

    Research committee on water chemistry was established in 1982 in Japan Atomic Energy Society (JAES) and has continued its activities. Many internal and international activities of the water chemistry groups have been based on the Committee. The activity so far and the future prospect are described. As internal activities within the JAES, research committees and the resulting reports are enumerated. International activities, including supporting of the JAIF (Japan Atomic Industrial Forum) Conferences on Water Chemistry, are also mentioned. (Yamamoto, A.)

  3. Introduction to Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators. Water and Wastewater Training Program.

    South Dakota Dept. of Environmental Protection, Pierre.

    Presented are basic concepts of chemistry necessary for operators who manage drinking water treatment plants and wastewater facilities. It includes discussions of chemical terms and concepts, laboratory procedures for basic analyses of interest to operators, and discussions of appropriate chemical calculations. Exercises are included and answer…

  4. BWR plant-to-fleet water chemistry trends -- Past and present

    Good water chemistry control is important for the integrity and satisfactory performance of BWRs. A historical review of selected chemistry performance indicators (e.g., conductivity) illustrates the improved chemistry control today relative to that in the past as well as the ability to evaluate these operational indicators

  5. Intelligent monitoring of water chemistry - Diagnostic expert system DIWATM

    For fast and comprehensive evaluation of power plant water chemistry conditions and reliable diagnosis in the event of disturbances considerable advantages are provided by employment of the Diagnostic Expert System DIWA. The interface to the process control system (I and C) and the integration of the DIWA system in the office PC network are the preconditions that DIWA operates as a monitoring system in real time. The performance of diagnosis, which are processed by a fuzzy-logic-supported knowledge base ensures not only the detection of all disturbances but also different analyses of the plant operation mode. By editing the knowledge base the Al of the system can increase without system programming. (authors)

  6. Electrochemical potential measurements under simulated BWR water chemistry conditions

    This paper discusses electrochemical potentials (ECP) measured in a high-temperature test loop under various water chemistry conditions. Several types of reference electrodes were used in this study. Effects of chemical additives were systematically examined, and the shift of ECP was found to be relatively small (±50 mV) by the addition of most common chemicals studied. However, the effects of Cu ions on the ECP of stainless steel and other materials are more significant. The effect of H2O2 was semi-quantitatively determined. The increase of ECP, compared with the dissolved O2 at similar levels was found to range from ∼200 mV to ∼500 mV. The effect is attributed to the oxidizing radicals produced from the catalytic decomposition of H2O2 on the stainless steel surface

  7. Impact of reactor water chemistry on cladding performance

    Water chemistry may have a major impact on fuel cladding performance in PWRs. If the saturation temperature on the surface of fuel cladding is exceeded, either because of the thermal hydraulics of the system, or because of crud deposition, then LiOH concentration can occur within thick porous oxide films on the cladding. This can degrade the protective film and accelerate the corrosion rate of the cladding. If sufficient boric acid is also present in the coolant then these effects may be mitigated. This is normally the case through most of any reactor fuel cycle. Extensive surface boiling may disrupt this equilibrium because of the volatility of boric acid in steam. Under such conditions severe cladding corrosion can ensue. The potential for such effects on high burnup cladding in CANDU reactors, where bone acid is not present in the primary coolant, is discussed. (author)

  8. The chemistry of the PSGHWR heavy water moderator system

    The PSGHWR heavy water moderator and helium overblanket circuits, and the heavy water purification plant are described. Details of the deuterisation and dedeuterisation of ion exchange resin charges for the purification plant are given, and a pattern of consistency over seventeen deuterisations of anion and cation beds is shown. The chemistry specification for the moderator system is given, and the changing philosophy of ion exchange plant operation to maintain this specification, from early operation with continuous flow through cation and anion clean up columns, to the current mode of minimum intermittent flow, is explained. Anionic and cationic impurities and radio nuclides found in the moderator are listed, and their sources examined. The inter-relation between the ion exchange plant as a source as well as a remover of impurities and the part played by peroxide is examined. Radiolysis data is presented and an attempt is made to explain the correlation between radiolysis rate and impurity concentrations, ion exchange column operation and other plant parameters. A soluble poison, enriched 10boron, is used for balancing excess fuel reactivity. The boron cycle and method of control of boron concentration are explained, and experience of anion exchange resin capacity for boron at different input concentrations is given. Experience covering 26 regenerations of the anion beds, mostly using deutero chemicals, and details of the method of recovery of deuteroboric acid and potassium deuteroxide by electrodialysis are given. Finally, heavy water losses and isotopic degradation of D2O during 8 years of operation are examined. (author)

  9. VGB conference 'Power plant chemistry 1997' - VGB feed water meeting. Proceedings

    The papers in this proceedings volume report on developments in power plant chemistry, addressing the following subject fields and activities: water treatment, water chemistry and anti-corrosion protection, demineralisation and other cleaning measures in steam generator units, flue gas desulfurization, nitrogen oxide removal from flue gas, liquid effluents treatment, and minimization of wastes. Papers from the session on power plant chemistry present recennt methods for lowering radioactivity levels in the primary cycles of PWRs and BWRs. (orig./CB)

  10. Photosynthetic water oxidation: insights from manganese model chemistry.

    Young, Karin J; Brennan, Bradley J; Tagore, Ranitendranath; Brudvig, Gary W


    Catalysts for light-driven water oxidation are a critical component for development of solar fuels technology. The multielectron redox chemistry required for this process has been successfully deployed on a global scale in natural photosynthesis by green plants and cyanobacteria using photosystem II (PSII). PSII employs a conserved, cuboidal Mn4CaOX cluster called the O2-evolving complex (OEC) that offers inspiration for artificial O2-evolution catalysts. In this Account, we describe our work on manganese model chemistry relevant to PSII, particularly the functional model [Mn(III/IV)2(terpy)2(μ-O)2(OH2)2](NO3)3 complex (terpy = 2,2';6',2″-terpyridine), a mixed-valent di-μ-oxo Mn dimer with two terminal aqua ligands. In the presence of oxo-donor oxidants such as HSO5(-), this complex evolves O2 by two pathways, one of which incorporates solvent water in an O-O bond-forming reaction. Deactivation pathways of this catalyst include comproportionation to form an inactive Mn(IV)Mn(IV) dimer and also degradation to MnO2, a consequence of ligand loss when the oxidation state of the complex is reduced to labile Mn(II) upon release of O2. The catalyst's versatility has been shown by its continued catalytic activity after direct binding to the semiconductor titanium dioxide. In addition, after binding to the surface of TiO2 via a chromophoric linker, the catalyst can be oxidized by a photoinduced electron-transfer mechanism, mimicking the natural PSII process. Model oxomanganese complexes have also aided in interpreting biophysical and computational studies on PSII. In particular, the μ-oxo exchange rates of the Mn-terpy dimer have been instrumental in establishing that the time scale for μ-oxo exchange of high-valent oxomanganese complexes with terminal water ligands is slower than O2 evolution in the natural photosynthetic system. Furthermore, computational studies on the Mn-terpy dimer and the OEC point to similar Mn(IV)-oxyl intermediates in the O-O bond

  11. Water chemistry of PHT system during hot conditioning of KAPP-2

    The formation of magnetite on the carbon steel surfaces of the primary heat transport (PHT) system depends primarily on the maintenance of good water chemistry of the system during hot conditioning. This paper describes experiences of maintaining water chemistry during the hot conditioning of Kakrapar Atomic Power Project 2 (KAPP-2). (author). 4 refs., 1 fig

  12. Pore water chemistry in the beach sands of central Tamil Nadu, India

    Chandrasekar, N.; Gujar, A.R.; Loveson, V.J.; Rajamanickam, G.V.; Moscow, S.; Manickaraj, D.S.; Chandrasekaran, R.; Chaturvedi, S.K.; Mahesh, R.; Sudha, V.; Josephine, P.J.; Deepa, V.

    As the pore water chemistry- has been considered as one of the prominent base parameters to infer the impact of coastal mining in introducing environmental deterioration, a study in pore water chemistry is planned here along the beaches for a length...

  13. History of the water chemistry for the few tube test model

    The water chemistry activities carried out in support of the Few Tube Test are described. This test was conducted to provide design confirmation data for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project (CRBRP) steam generators. Proposed CRBRP chemistry was followed; all volatile treatment (AVT) of water was carried out with on-line monitoring capability

  14. Linking soil- and stream-water chemistry based on a Riparian Flow-Concentration Integration Model

    J. Seibert; T. Grabs; Köhler, S; H. Laudon; Winterdahl, M.; Bishop, K.


    The riparian zone, the last few metres of soil through which water flows before entering a gaining stream, has been identified as a first order control on key aspects of stream water chemistry dynamics. We propose that the distribution of lateral flow of water across the vertical profile of soil water chemistry in the riparian zone provides a conceptual explanation of how this control functions in catchments where matrix flow predominates. This paper presents a mathematical implementation of ...

  15. Steam generator local water chemistry and SCC of austenitic steel

    The titanium stabilized austenitic steel similar to the type of 321 is sensitive to the stress corrosion cracking under horizontal steam generator operating condition. SCC was observed under crevice corrosion parameters and has resulted in the transgranular or intergranular cracking at the both, components primary collectors and heat exchange tubes. The crevice environment is characterized by aggressive impurities and 'non aggressive' compounds. Sulfates and chlorides as aggressive species and silicates and alumino-silicates as 'non aggressive' species on the other hand are present in significant amount in the crevice environment under operating condition. Local water chemistry parameters were evaluated with MULTEQ Code. As input data the measured operational values of local and bulk environments have been used. The determined parameters were compared with the results of thread hole environment analyses and tube surface investigations respectively. Results of the hideout return profiles measurement showed an increase of sulfate concentration by one order of magnitude. Increase of the chloride content was not been observed, its value remains at operation levels. Examination of surface layers showed the preferential accumulation of sulfates, silicates and alumino-silicates in the deposit at tube support plates and in thread holes comparing relative to free span surfaces. The content of species in the water and deposits and the crystallographic structure of deposits correspond to MULTEQ results. Rising displacement tests were carried out with 0.5T CT specimens at a temperature 275 degrees C in the model water environment which simulated the crevice conditions. The experimental values are presented for crack growth rate versus stress intensity factor. Corrosion damage of the titanium stabilized austenitic steel is likely to be determined by the presence of sulfates and chlorides and other aggressive agents, as Cu. It is supposed that other decisive factor is the

  16. PWR water chemistry controls: a perspective on industry initiatives and trends relative to operating experience and the EPRI PWR water chemistry guidelines

    An effective PWR water chemistry control program must address the following goals: Minimize materials degradation (e.g., PWSCC, corrosion of fuel, corrosion damage of steam generator (SG) tubes); Maintain fuel integrity and good performance; Minimize corrosion product transport (e.g., transport and deposition on the fuel, transport into the SGs where it can foul tube surfaces and create crevice environments for the concentration of corrosive impurities); Minimize dose rates. Water chemistry control must be optimized to provide overall improvement considering the sometimes variant constraints of the goals listed above. New technologies are developed for continued mitigation of materials degradation, continued fuel integrity and good performance, continued reduction of corrosion product transport, and continued minimization of plant dose rates. The EPRI chemistry program, in coordination with other EPRI programs, strives to improve these areas through application of chemistry initiatives, focusing on these goals. This paper highlights the major initiatives and issues with respect to PWR primary and secondary system chemistry and outlines the recent, on-going, and proposed work to effectively address them. These initiatives are presented in light of recent operating experience, as derived from EPRI's PWR chemistry monitoring and assessment program, and EPRI's water chemistry guidelines. (author)

  17. Assessment of EPRI water chemistry guidelines for new nuclear power plants

    Water chemistry control technologies for nuclear power plants have been significantly enhanced over the past few decades to improve material and equipment reliability and fuel performance, and to minimize radionuclide production and transport. Chemistry Guidelines have been developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for currently operating plants and have been intermittently revised over the past twenty-five years for the protection of systems and components and for radiation management. As new plants are being designed for improved safety and increased power production, it is important to ensure that the designs consider implementation of state-of-the-art, industry developed water chemistry controls. In parallel, the industry will need to consider and update water chemistry guidelines as well as plant startup and operational strategies based on the advanced plant designs. EPRI has performed assessments of water chemistry control guidance or assumptions provided in design and licensing documents for several advanced plant designs. These designs include: Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactor AREVA US-EPR Pressurized Water Reactor Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems/Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power APR1400 Pressurized Water Reactor Toshiba Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) General Electric-Hitachi Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) The intent of these assessments was to identify key design differences in each of the new plant designs relative to the current operating fleet and to identify differences in water chemistry specifications or design assumptions provided in design and licensing documents for the plants in comparison to current EPRI Water Chemistry Guidelines. This paper provides a summary of the key results of these assessments. The fundamental design and operation of the advanced plants is similar to the currently operating fleet. As such, the new plants are

  18. Handbook of green chemistry, green solvents, reactions in water

    Anastas, Paul T


    There has been dramatic growth in the community of researchers and industrialists working in the area of Green Chemistry. There has been an increasing recognition by a wide-range of scientists and engineers in the chemical enterprise that the framework of Green Chemistry is relevant and enabling to their work. There has been a significant body of work that has accumulated over the past decade that details the breakthroughs, innovation and creativity within Green Chemistry and Engineering. While there have been edited volumes on Green Chemistry that collect a limited number of papers often o

  19. Operational experience, evolution and developments in water chemistry in Indian Nuclear Power Plants - an overview

    Lessons learnt from the experiences at nuclear power plants have enriched the understanding of corrosion behaviour in water systems. The need for proper water chemistry control not only during operation but also during fabrication and preoperational tests is clearly seen. It should not be construed that maintenance of proper water chemistry is a panacea for all corrosion and other associated problems. Unless adequate care is taken in selection of material and sound design and fabrication practices are followed, no regime of water chemistry can help in eliminating failure due to corrosion

  20. Applications of the radiation chemistry of water: acid rain and nuclear power

    The radiation chemistry of water is sufficiently well known under ambient conditions that it is widely used to study the chemistry of free radicals in aqueous solution. One topical application described here is the hydroxyl radical-driven oxidation of sulphur dioxide to sulphuric acid in cloudwater to form acid rain. Another area of current interest is the effects of radiation on the cooling water of pressurized water reactors at ca. 3000C. In studying these effects new information is also being gained on the fundamental processes in the radiation chemistry of water and on the kinetics of fast reactions. (author)

  1. Water chemistry and microbial corrosion in oilfield water handling facilities: Final report

    Jack, T.; Bramhill, B.


    This study was carried out in an oilfield waterflood operation in which produced brine is reinjected to displace more oil from the reservoir. Significant corrosion problems are associated with bacterial colonization of the water handling system. This report describes results of an audit of chemical, biological and corrosion parameters measured across the Wainwright waterflood operation over 30 months. Based on the insights obtained and previous observation of shifts in microbial populations with variations in water chemistry, a series of runs was conducted in the field test facility at unit 13 waterplant to investigate the effect of specific chemical additions.

  2. Effect of water chemistry on deposition for PWR plant operation

    For Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) operation, water chemistry guidelines, specifications and associated surveillance programs are key to avoid deposition of oxides. Deposition of oxides can be detrimental by disrupting results of flow measurements, decreasing the thermal exchange capacity, or even by impairing safety. This paper describes the most important cases of deposition, their consequences for operation, and the implemented improvements to avoid their reoccurrence. Deposition that led to a Crud Induced Power Shift (CIPS) is also described. In the primary and in the secondary sides, orifice plates are typically used for measuring feedwater flow rate in nuclear power plants. Feedwater flow rates are used for control purposes and are important safety parameters as they are used to determine the plant's operating power level. Fouling of orifice plates in the primary side has been found during surveillance testing. For reactor coolant pumps, the formation of deposits on the seal No.1 can cause abnormally high or low leak rates through the seal. The leak rate through this seal must be carefully maintained within a prescribed range during plant operation. In the secondary side, orifice plate fouling has been the cause of feedwater flow/reference thermal power drift. For the steam generators (SG), magnetite deposition has led to fouling of the tube bundle, clogging of the quadri-foiled support plate holes and hard sludge formation on the base plate. For the generators, copper hollow conductors are widely used. Buildup of copper oxides on the interior walls of copper conductors has caused insufficient heat transfer. All these deposition cases have received adequate attention, understanding and response via improvement of our surveillance programs. (authors)

  3. The effectiveness of early hydrogen water chemistry on corrosion mitigation for boiling water reactors

    For mitigating intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) in an operating boiling water reactor (BWR), the technology of hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) aiming at coolant chemistry improvement has been adopted worldwide. However, the hydrogen injection system is usually in an idle and standby mode during a startup operation. The coolant in a BWR during a cold shutdown normally contains a relatively high level of dissolved oxygen from intrusion of atmospheric air. Accordingly, the structural materials in the primary coolant circuit (PCC) of a BWR could be exposed to a strongly oxidizing environment for a short period of time during a subsequent startup operation. At some plants, the feasibility of hydrogen water chemistry during startup operations has been studied. It is technically difficult to directly procure water chemistry data at various locations of an operating reactor. Accordingly, the impact of startup operation on water chemistry in the PCC of a BWR operating under HWC can only be theoretically evaluated through computer modelling. In this study, a well-developed computer code DEMACE was used to investigate the variations in redox species concentration and in electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP) of components in the PCC of a domestic BWR during startup operations in the presence of HWC. Simulations were carried out for [H2]FWs ranging from 0.0 to 2.0 parts per million (ppm) and for power levels ranging from 3.8% to 11.3% during startup operations. Our analyses indicated that for power levels with steam generation in the core, a higher power level would tend to promote a more oxidizing coolant environment for the structural components and therefore lead to less HWC effectiveness on ECP reduction and corrosion mitigation. At comparatively lower power levels in the absence of steam, the effectiveness of HWC on ECP reduction was much better. The effectiveness of HWC in the PCC of a BWR during startup operations is expected to vary from location to

  4. Chemistry

    The chemical research and development efforts related to the design and ultimate operation of molten-salt breeder reactor systems are concentrated on fuel- and coolant-salt chemistry, including the development of analytical methods for use in these systems. The chemistry of tellurium in fuel salt is being studied to help elucidate the role of this element in the intergranular cracking of Hastelloy N. Studies were continued of the effect of oxygen-containing species on the equilibrium between dissolved UF3 and dissolved UF4, and, in some cases, between the dissolved uranium fluorides and graphite, and the UC2. Several aspects of coolant-salt chemistry are under investigation. Hydroxy and oxy compounds that could be formed in molten NaBF4 are being synthesized and characterized. Studies of the chemistry of chromium (III) compounds in fluoroborate melts were continued as part of a systematic investigation of the corrosion of structural alloys by coolant salt. An in-line voltammetric method for determining U4+/U3+ ratios in fuel salt was tested in a forced-convection loop over a six-month period. (LK)

  5. Optimization of the water chemistry of the primary coolant at nuclear power plants with VVER

    Results of the use of automatic hydrogen-content meter for controlling the parameter of 'hydrogen' in the primary coolant circuit of the Kola nuclear power plant are presented. It is shown that the correlation between the 'hydrogen' parameter in the coolant and the 'hydrazine' parameter in the makeup water can be used for controlling the water chemistry of the primary coolant system, which should make it possible to optimize the water chemistry at different power levels

  6. Characterisation of the inorganic chemistry of surface waters in South Africa

    Huizenga, Jan Marten


    The main purpose of this study was to determine a simple inorganic chemistry index that can be used for all surface waters in South Africa, in order to characterise the inorganic chemistry of surface waters. Water quality data collected up until 1999 from all sample monitoring stations (2 068 monitoring stations, 364 659 samples) in South Africa were transformed into an Excel dataset and subsequently quality screened using the stoichiometric charge balance, after which 196 570 (41%) of the wa...

  7. Hydrogen water chemistry: can it work in a supercritical water reactor?

    Hydrogen water chemistry-the addition of a small amount of H2 to the reactor cooling water-is a spectacularly successful strategy for controlling water radiolysis and maintaining a corrosion potential low enough to inhibit stress corrosion cracking of primary cooling loop structural materials. It has become very clear from kinetic modeling with recently measured reaction rates, that the key reaction equilibrium is H2 + OH <==> H + H2O. A very small excess of H2 converts the oxidizing OH radical to reducing H atom, preventing formation of H2O2 and O2. The minimum amount of H2 which can prevent net radiolysis of water is referred to as the critical hydrogen concentration (CHC). As supercritical water is considered as the fluid of the primary cooling loops in advanced reactor designs, it is an obvious question to ask whether hydrogen water chemistry can work at the higher temperatures and large range of densities expected in such a reactor. To answer this simple question, we undertook experiments to measure the CHC in a small-scale flow experiment, using a 3MeV van de Graaff accelerator as the source of radiation. Surprising results were obtained. At 300oC, we could indeed suppress radiolysis in the water, but at supercritical temperatures, it seems that the addition of H2 actually stimulates further production of hydrogen. The talk will explore these results, examine the mechanism of corrosion of steel by H2O2, and consider the equilibrium H2 + OH <==> H + H2O in supercritical water.

  8. Operating experience in correcting severe secondary chemistry upsets by controlling makeup water organics (TOC)

    In this paper following observations are presented: conductivity and chloride excursions in steam condensate were directly linked to makeup water quality. Data strongly suggests that the breakdown of makeup water organics was responsible for substandard condensate water quality; although the short-term effects of gross organic contamination have been documented, the longer term consequences of continuous exposure by moderate organic levels needs to be addressed; a greater understanding of the organic removal efficiency of the various water purification technologies is essential to controlling TOC contamination; and a much better understanding of makeup plant chemistry and the interrelationship of makeup water contamination and plant chemistry has proven essential to optimizing plant performance and guaranteeing the best possible steam chemistry. The role of the chemistry group as an active participant in operations has been proven at Kewaunee Nuclear Plant

  9. Optimization of Water Chemistry to Ensure Reliable Water Reactor Fuel Performance at High Burnup and in Ageing Plant (FUWAC)

    This report presents the results of the Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on Optimization of Water Chemistry to Ensure Reliable Water Reactor Fuel Performance at High Burnup and in Ageing Plants (FUWAC, 2006-2009). It provides an overview of the results of the investigations into the current state of water chemistry practice and concerns in the primary circuit of water cooled power reactors including: corrosion of primary circuit materials; deposit composition and thickness on the fuel; crud induced power shift; fuel oxide growth and thickness; radioactivity buildup in the reactor coolant system (RCS). The FUWAC CRP is a follow-up to the DAWAC CRP (Data Processing Technologies and Diagnostics for Water Chemistry and Corrosion Control in Nuclear Power Plants 2001-2005). The DAWAC project improved the data processing technologies and diagnostics for water chemistry and corrosion control in nuclear power plants (NPPs). With the improved methods for controlling and monitoring water chemistry now available, it was felt that a review of the principles of water chemistry management should be undertaken in the light of new materials, more onerous operating conditions, emergent issues such as CIPS, also known as axial offset anomaly (AOA) and the ageing of operating power plant. In the framework of this CRP, water chemistry specialists from 16 nuclear utilities and research organizations, representing 15 countries, exchanged experimental and operational data, models and insights into water chemistry management. The CD-ROM attached to this IAEA-TECDOC includes the report itself, detailed progress reports of three Research Coordination Meetings (RCMs) (Annexes I-III) and the reports and presentations made during the project by the participants.

  10. Evolution of the water chemistry of Lake Orta after liming

    Gabriele A. TARTARI


    Full Text Available Since 1963 Lake Orta has been an emblematic case of industrial pollution by heavy metals and acidifying compounds (ammonium sulphate, to the extent that up to 1989 it was the largest acidified deep lake in the world. The low pH values of between 3.9 and 4.4 helped to keep high the levels of toxic compounds in solution, such as copper, aluminium, zinc and nickel. The liming performed in 1989-1990 brought the pH back to neutral values, determining the precipitation of the metals and the recovery of normal chemical conditions. The main results of researches conducted continuously on the lake water chemistry from 1988 to March 2000 are as follows. The whole water mass has been completely neutralised since the beginning of 1991; pH subsequently rose until in 1999-2000 it reached the values (6.7-6.9 units of the years when the lake was in a natural condition. The alkaline reserve showed a continuous increase after the lake water was neutralised, until March 2000, when total alkalinity values levelled off at 0.19 meq l-1. The increase in pH has allowed a full recovery of nitrification processes; in fact, during the liming period the concentration of ammonium was drastically reduced, by over 80%; ammonium has been practically absent since the end of 1992, and it may be affirmed that the primary cause of the acidification of the lake has been completely removed. The nitrate content in the lake has almost halved compared with the mean concentrations measured before the liming; in March 2000 mean values of 2.0 mg N l-1 were measured, and it is likely that these values will fall further in the next few years, to below 1.5 mg N l-1. The concentrations of toxic metals have shown a progressive reduction, to the extent that in 1999 the content of copper and aluminium was close to zero in the whole water mass. The situation of Lake Orta has therefore improved enormously, and is now very similar to the original condition of the lake before it was polluted

  11. Present status and recent improvements of water chemistry at Russian VVER plants

    Water chemistry is an important contributor to reliable plant operation, safety barrier integrity, plant component lifetime, radiation safety, environmental impact. Primary and secondary water chemistry guidelines of Russian VVER plants have been modified to meet the new safety standards. At present 14 VVER units of different generation are in operation at 5 Russian NPPs. There are eight 4-loop pressurised water reactors VVER-1000 (1000 MWe) and six 6-loop pressurised water reactors VVER-440 (440 MWe). Generally, water chemistry at East European VVER plants (about 40 VVER-440 and VVER-1000 units in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland and Armenia) is similar to water chemistry at Russian VVER plants. Due to similar design and structural materials some water chemistry improvements were introduced at East European plants after they has been successfully implemented at Russian plants and vice versa. Some water chemistry improvements will be implemented at modern VVER plants under construction in Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Iran, China, India. (R.P.)

  12. Water chemistry improvements in an operating boiling water reactor (BWR) and associated benefits

    Kernkraft Muhleberg (KKM) nuclear power plant is a BWR/4, the older of the two BWRs in Switzerland located in the outskirts of Bern. The plant is currently in its 37th year of continuous power operation, and has implemented major water chemistry improvements, including, hydrogen water chemistry (HWC), depleted zinc oxide (DZO) addition, NobleChem™, and On-Line NobleChem™ applications. In addition, the KKM plant has also performed other improvements such as maintaining low reactor water conductivity to mitigate intergranular stress corrosion crack (IGSCC) initiation and growth, as well as taking numerous actions to control radiation source term reduction. The actions taken to control the latter include replacement of the brass condenser tubes and an active cobalt source term reduction plan by eliminating the stellite control rod pins and rollers. These water chemistry improvements at the KKM plant have resulted in lower operating dose rates, lower drywell (shut down) dose rates and mitigation of shroud cracks. It is important to note that KKM is the only plant in the BWR industry that has monitored shroud internal diameter (ID) crack growth rates on a consistent basis using ultrasonic testing (UT) since 1993, thus providing an enormously valuable contribution to the BWR industry's in-plant crack growth rate data base. KKM plant has also installed tie rods in the shroud in 1996, an industry accepted approach. In addition, KKM also implemented NobleChem™ and On-Line NobleChem™ (OLNC) along with low hydrogen injection as additional proactive measures in 2000 and 2005 respectively to mitigate the growth of shroud cracks. There is reasonably clear evidence that since the implementation of OLNC, there is a consistent reduction in shroud crack growth rates showing mitigation of existing cracks. It is also evident that the drywell dose rates are showing a continuing decrease following 60Co source term reductions, DZO and OLNC implementations. This paper

  13. Malheur NWR: Initial Survey Instructions for Water Chemistry/Quality Collection of Water Bodies in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This survey provides the baseline understanding of aquatic health in our rivers, lakes, and marshes. The Refuge staff lacks consistent water chemistry measurements,...

  14. Chemistry

    Research progress is reported in programs on fuel-salt chemistry, properties of compounds in the Li--Te system, Te spectroscopy UF4--H equilibria, porous electrode studies of molten salts, fuel salt-coolant salt reactions, thermodynamic properties of transition-metal fluorides, and properties of sodium fluoroborate. Developmental work on analytical methods is summarized including in-line analysis of molten MSBR fuel, analysis of coolant-salts for tritium, analysis of molten LiF--BeF2--ThF4 for Fe and analysis of LiF--BeF--ThF4 for Te

  15. Primary water chemistry monitoring from the point of view of radiation build-up

    Basic operational principles of a computer code system calculating the primary circuit corrosion product activities based on actual measured plant chemistry data are presented. The code system consists of two parts: FeSolub.prg: calculates the characteristic iron solubilities based on actual primary water chemistry (H3BO3KOH, ... etc.) and plant load (MW) data. A developed solubility calculation method has been applied fitted to magnetite solubility data of several authors; RADTRAN.exe: calculates primary circuit water and surface corrosion product activities based on results of FeSolub.prg or planned water chemistry data up to the next shutdown. The computer code system is going to be integrated into a general primary water chemistry monitoring and surveillance system. (author). 15 refs, 4 figs, 3 tabs

  16. Safety regulations regarding to water chemistry in Russia's NPPs

    Sharafutdinov, R.B.; Kharitonova, N.L.; Denisova, L.G. [Federal State Institution Scientific and Engineering Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SEC NRS), Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The basic directions of further improvement of the regulatory documents with respect to NPP water chemistry (WC) in Russia are considered. Necessity of optimizing of water chemistry regulation is caused by the requirement to ensure the integrity, reliability and availability of the main plant structures, systems and components that have a bearing on safety. For Russia's NPP are determined the limits of safe operation related to coolant quality. These limits for NPP with WWER-1000, WWER-440 and RBMK-1000 are regulated by WC standards and norms prepared by operating organization. The principles, which are used as the basis for regulation of WC quality indicators and main quality standards of coolant for NPPs are considered. Performance data are also provided on chemical indicators of water chemistry quality of operating NPP units. The issues of justification and application of most advanced water chemistries are dealt with. The report describes the current state of Russia's NPP operation safety regulation with regard to water chemistry. The paper describes a tendency of development of regulatory document requirements related to maintenance of NPP unit WC. The Russia Federal Rules and Regulations (FRRs) in the field of nuclear energy use establish a number of requirements to NPP water chemistry (WC) and to systems required for WC maintenance. The objective of these FRRs includes supporting the integrity of various barriers due to the potential corrosion of components, reducing occupational exposures and limiting releases of radioactivity and chemicals into the environment. The structure of documents specifying requirements to water chemistry at nuclear power plants is considered. It's shown, that the realization of the Program of power generation increasing at the nuclear power plants, adopted by Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russia, including power up rating, life extension and the prospects of commissioning of the advanced power units with WWER-1200

  17. Safety regulations regarding to water chemistry in Russia's NPPs

    The basic directions of further improvement of the regulatory documents with respect to NPP water chemistry (WC) in Russia are considered. Necessity of optimizing of water chemistry regulation is caused by the requirement to ensure the integrity, reliability and availability of the main plant structures, systems and components that have a bearing on safety. For Russia's NPP are determined the limits of safe operation related to coolant quality. These limits for NPP with WWER-1000, WWER-440 and RBMK-1000 are regulated by WC standards and norms prepared by operating organization. The principles, which are used as the basis for regulation of WC quality indicators and main quality standards of coolant for NPPs are considered. Performance data are also provided on chemical indicators of water chemistry quality of operating NPP units. The issues of justification and application of most advanced water chemistries are dealt with. The report describes the current state of Russia's NPP operation safety regulation with regard to water chemistry. The paper describes a tendency of development of regulatory document requirements related to maintenance of NPP unit WC. The Russia Federal Rules and Regulations (FRRs) in the field of nuclear energy use establish a number of requirements to NPP water chemistry (WC) and to systems required for WC maintenance. The objective of these FRRs includes supporting the integrity of various barriers due to the potential corrosion of components, reducing occupational exposures and limiting releases of radioactivity and chemicals into the environment. The structure of documents specifying requirements to water chemistry at nuclear power plants is considered. It's shown, that the realization of the Program of power generation increasing at the nuclear power plants, adopted by Federal Atomic Energy Agency of Russia, including power up rating, life extension and the prospects of commissioning of the advanced power units with WWER-1200

  18. Formation of calcium naphthenate in water/oil systems, naphthenic acid chemistry and emulsion stability

    Havre, Trond Erik


    In recent years the production of crude oils with high amounts of naphthenic acids has increased. Certain problems are related to this type of crudes and a better understanding of the chemistry of the naphthenic acids is therefore of interest.Synthetic model naphthenic acids, as well as commercial mixtures and crude oil naphthenic acids have been utilized to study the chemistry of naphthenic acids. Partitioning of naphthenic acids between oil and water and the dissociation equilibria in water...

  19. VVER operational experience - effect of preconditioning and primary water chemistry on radioactivity build-up

    The primary coolant technology approaches currently used in VVER units are reviewed and compared with those used in PWR units. Standard and modified water chemistries differing in boron-potassium control are discussed. Preparation of the VVER Primary Water Chemistry Guidelines in the Czech Republic is noted. Operational experience of some VVER units, operated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in the field of the primary water chemistry, and radioactivity transport and build-up are presented. In Mochovce and Temelin units, a surface preconditioning (passivation) procedure has been applied during hot functional tests. The main principles of the controlled primary water chemistry applied during the hot functional tests are reviewed and importance of the water chemistry, technological and other relevant parameters is stressed regarding to the quality of the passive layer formed on the primary system surfaces. The first operational experience obtained in the course of beginning of these units operation is presented mainly with respect to the corrosion products coolant and surface activities. Effect of the initial passivation performed during hot functional tests and the primary water chemistry on corrosion products radioactivity level and radiation situation is discussed. (author)

  20. Water Chemistry Control Technology to Improve the Performance of Nuclear Power Plants for Extended Fuel Cycles

    Ο To Develop the technology to manage the problems of AOA and radiation, corrosion as long term PWR operation. Ο To Establish the advanced water chemical operating systems. - Development of the proper water chemistry guidelines for long term PWR operation. AOA(Axial Offest Anomaly) has been reported in many PWR plants in the world, including Korea, especially in the plants of higher burn-up and longer cycle operation or power up-rate. A test loop has been designed and made by KAERI, in order to investigate and mitigate AOA problems in Korea. This project included the study of hydrodynamic simulation and the modeling about AOA. The analysis of radioactive crud was performed to investigate of NPPs primary water chemical effect on AOA and to reduce the radioactive dose rate. The high temperature measurement system was developed to on-line monitor of water chemistry in nuclear power plants. The effects of various environmental factors such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate on YSZ-based pH electrode were evaluated for ensuring the accuracy of high-temperature pH measurement. The inhibition technology for fouling and SCC of SG tube was evaluated to establish the water chemistry technology of corrosion control of nuclear system. The high temperature and high pressure crevice chemistry analysis test loop was manufactured to develop the water chemistry technology of crevice chemistry control

  1. Experience with primary hydrazine water chemistry at WWER-440 units of Paks nuclear power plant

    1. Control measurements during application of hydrazine water chemistry have shown that, after a brief initial rise, the concentration of corrosion products stabilises at a level lower than that observed with the ammonia cycle. 2. In the case of transitional operating conditions, the rise in insoluble corrosion products is lower with hydrazine water chemistry applied than with the ammonia water chemistry. 3. Lowering of the measured values of radioactive surface contamination and of the dose rates measured in the various primary loops of course proceeds on dissimilar levels, but measured values show a distinct downward trend, both for the case of high and low initial values. 4. The amount of liquid radioactive wastes can be reduced by delaying chemical contamination. 5. Using hydrazine water chemistry also considerably reduces re-contamination through radioactive isotopes, as compared to the effects of chemical decontamination or even ammonia water chemistry. 6. Another important financial profit can be gained by hydrazine water chemistry, as it reduces the collective dose. (orig./CB)

  2. Characteristics of meaningful chemistry education - The case of water quality

    Westbroek, Hanna Barbara


    This thesis addresses the question of how to involve students in meaningful chemistry education by a proper implementation of three characteristics of meaningful: a context, a need-to-know approach and attention for student input. The characteristics were adopted as solution strategies for problemat

  3. Water chemistry management in cooling system of research reactor in JAERI

    The department of research reactor presently operates three research reactors (JRR-2, JRR-3M and JRR-4). For controlling and management of water and gas in each research reactor are performed by the staffs of the research reactor technology development division. Water chemistry management of each research reactor is one of the important subject. The main objects are to prevent the corrosion of water cooling system and fuel elements, to suppress the plant radiation build-up and to minimize the radioactive waste. In this report describe a outline of each research reactor facilities, radiochemical analytical methods and chemical analytical methods for water chemistry management. (author)

  4. PWR Secondary Water Chemistry Control Status: A Summary of Industry Initiatives, Experience and Trends Relative to the EPRI PWR Secondary Water Chemistry Guidelines

    The latest revision of the EPRI Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Secondary Water Chemistry Guidelines was issued in February 2009. The Guidelines continue to focus on minimizing stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of steam generator tubes, as well as minimizing degradation of other major components / subsystems of the secondary system. The Guidelines provide a technically-based framework for a plant-specific and effective PWR secondary water chemistry program. With the issuance of Revision 7 of the Guidelines in 2009, many plants have implemented changes that allow greater flexibility on startup. For example, the previous Guidelines (Revision 6) contained a possible low power hold at 5% power and a possible mid power hold at approximately 30% power based on chemistry constraints. Revision 7 has established a range over which a plant-specific value can be chosen for the possible low power hold (between 5% and 15%) and mid power hold (between 30% and 50%). This has provided plants the ability to establish significant plant evolutions prior to reaching the possible power hold; such as establishing seal steam to the condenser, placing feed pumps in service, or initiating forward flow of heater drains. The application of this flexibility in the industry will be explored. This paper also highlights the major initiatives and industry trends with respect to PWR secondary chemistry; and outlines the recent work to effectively address them. These will be presented in light of recent operating experience, as derived from EPRI's PWR Chemistry Monitoring and Assessment (CMA) program (which contains more than 400 cycles of operating chemistry data). (authors)

  5. Major ion chemistry of the Son River, India: Weathering processes, dissolved fluxes and water quality assessment

    Chinmaya Maharana; Sandeep Kumar Gautam; Abhay Kumar Singh; Jayanth K Tripathi


    River Son, draining diverse lithologies in the subtropical climate of the peninsular sub-basin of the Ganga basin, is one of the major tributaries of the Ganga River. The chemistry of major ions in the surface water of the Son River was studied in detail to determine various source(s) and processes controlling its water chemistry, seasonal and spatial variations in water chemistry, dissolved fluxes and chemical denudation rate (CDR). The study shows that Ca2+, Mg2+ and HCO$^{-}_{3}$ are major ionic species in the river water. Most of the measured parameters exhibit a relatively lower concentration in the post-monsoon as compared to pre-monsoon season. The water chemistry highlights the influence of continental weathering aided by secondary contributions from ground water, saline/alkaline soils and anthropogenic activities in the catchment. Results also reflect the dominance of carbonate weathering over silicate weathering in controlling water composition. The Son River delivers about 4.2 million tons of dissolved loads annually to the Ganga River, which accounts for ∼6% of the total annual load carried by the Ganga River to the Bay of Bengal. The average CDR of the Son River is 59.5 tons km−2 yr−1, which is less than the reported 72 tons km−2 yr−1 of the Ganga River and higher than the global average of 36 tons km−2 yr−1. The water chemistry for the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods shows a strong seasonal control on solute flux and CDR values. The water chemistry indicates that the Son River water is good to excellent in quality for irrigation and also suitable for drinking purposes.

  6. Water chemistry and endangered white-clawed Crayfish: a literature review and field study of water chemistry association in Austropotamobius pallipes

    Haddaway N.R.


    Full Text Available Populations of the endangered white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes have rapidly declined in distribution and density in recent decades as a result of invasive crayfish, disease and habitat degradation. The species is thought to be particularly sensitive to water chemistry, and has been proposed as a bio-indicator of water quality. Here we detail the results of a systematic review of the literature regarding the chemistry of waterbodies inhabited by white-clawed crayfish, along with a wide-scale field study of the chemistry of crayfish-inhabited waterbodies in the UK. We use these data to examine potentially significant variables influencing crayfish distribution. Several variables appear to have thresholds that affect crayfish distribution; crayfish presence was associated with high dissolved oxygen, low conductivity, ammonium, sodium, and phosphate, and to a lesser extent low sulphate, nitrate, and total suspended solids. Some variables (magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulphate, nitrate, and total suspended solids may be tolerated at moderate to high concentrations in isolation (indicated by the presence of some populations in high levels of these variables, but suites of chemical conditions may act synergistically in situ and must be considered together. Recent efforts to conserve white-clawed crayfish have included relocations to Ark Sites; novel protected habitats with reduced risk of the introduction of disease, invasive crayfish and habitat degradation. We use our findings to propose the first detailed guidelines for common water chemistry variables of potential Ark Sites for the conservation of the species throughout its European range.

  7. Water chemistry of surface waters affected by the Fourmile Canyon wildfire, Colorado, 2010-2011

    McCleskey, R. Blaine; Writer, Jeffrey H.; Murphy, Sheila F.


    In September 2010, the Fourmile Canyon fire burned about 23 percent of the Fourmile Creek watershed in Boulder County, Colo. Water-quality sampling of Fourmile Creek began within a month after the wildfire to assess its effects on surface-water chemistry. Water samples were collected from five sites along Fourmile Creek (above, within, and below the burned area) monthly during base flow, twice weekly during snowmelt runoff, and at higher frequencies during storm events. Stream discharge was also monitored. Water-quality samples were collected less frequently from an additional 6 sites on Fourmile Creek, from 11 tributaries or other inputs, and from 3 sites along Boulder Creek. The pH, electrical conductivity, temperature, specific ultraviolet absorbance, total suspended solids, and concentrations (dissolved and total) of major cations (calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium), anions (chloride, sulfate, alkalinity, fluoride, and bromide), nutrients (nitrate, ammonium, and phosphorus), trace metals (aluminum, arsenic, boron, barium, beryllium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, mercury, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, lead, rubidium, antimony, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc), and dissolved organic carbon are here reported for 436 samples collected during 2010 and 2011.

  8. Effect of Water Chemistry Variations on Corrosion of Zr-Alloys for BWR Applications

    Two reference water chemistry conditions (60 ppb Zn and 60 μg/cm2 Pt/Rh with either 500 ppb O2 and 500 ppb H2O2, or 150 ppb H2) were chosen for testing at 300 deg. C in refreshed autoclaves. For each reference water chemistry, the potential effects due to three chemical impurities of interest to BWRs (33 ppm Na, 10 ppm Li, and 10 ppm EHC fluid) were evaluated. Zircaloy-2 and GNF-Ziron (a Zr-based alloy with higher Fe additions than Zircaloy-2) cladding tubes were tested and the effects of tubing process variation and pre-filming were investigated. Tested channel materials included Zircaloy-2, Zircaloy-4, GNF-Ziron and NSF (a Zr-based alloy with Sn, Nb and Fe additions). The corrosion weight gain and hydrogen absorption were measured up to 12 months of exposure for a given water chemistry condition. Tests under 150 ppb H2 based water chemistry, with or without chemical impurities, generally resulted in greater amounts of corrosion after 12 month exposure compared with 500 ppb O2 and 500 ppb H2O2 based water chemistries. Of the added chemical impurities, only 33 ppm Na addition produced slightly increased corrosion. Under various test conditions, the presence of a thin pre-film resulted in some initial corrosion benefits, but the benefits were no longer evident after 12 months exposure; however, slight hydrogen benefits remained. For GNF-Ziron cladding, hydrogen absorption was generally lower compared with similarly processed Zircaloy-2 under 150 ppb H2 based water chemistry, when corrosion was generally higher. Of the channel material tested, NSF developed the lowest level of hydrogen absorption, particularly under 150 ppb H2 based water chemistries. (authors)

  9. Assessment of EPRI water chemistry guidelines for new nuclear power plants

    Water chemistry control technologies for nuclear power plants have been significantly enhanced over the past few decades to improve material and equipment reliability and fuel performance, and to minimize radionuclide production and transport. Chemistry Guidelines have been developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for current operating plants and have been intermittently revised over the past twenty-five years for the protection of systems and components and for radiation management. As new plants are being designed for improved safety and increased power production, it is important to ensure that the designs consider implementation of industry approved water chemistry controls. In parallel, the industry will need to consider and develop updated water chemistry guidelines as well as plant startup and operational strategies based on the advanced plant designs. In 2010, EPRI began to assess chemistry control strategies at advanced plants, based on the Design Control Documents (DCDs), Combined Construction and Operating License Applications (COLA), and operating experiences (where they exist) against current Water Chemistry Guidelines. Based on this assessment, differences between planned chemistry operations at new plants and the current Guidelines will be identified. This assessment will form the basis of future activities to address these differences. The project will also assess and provide, as feasible, water chemistry guidance for startup and hot functional testing of the new plants. EPRI will initially assess the GE-Hitachi/Toshiba ABWR and the Westinghouse AP1000 designs. EPRI subsequently plans to assess other plant designs such as the AREVA U.S. EPR, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) U.S. APWR, and GE-Hitachi (GE-H) ESBWR. This paper discusses the 2010 assessments of the ABWR and AP1000. (author)

  10. Chemistry

    Research and development activities dealing with the chemical problems related to design and ultimate operation of molten-salt reactor systems are described. An experimental test stand was constructed to expose metallurgical test specimens to Te2 vapor at defined temperatures and deposition rates. To better define the chemistry of fluoroborate coolant, several aspects are being investigated. The behavior of hydroxy and oxy compounds in molten NaBF4 is being investigated to define reactions and compounds that may be involved in corrosion and/or could be involved in methods for trapping tritium. Two corrosion products of Hastelloy N, Na3CrF6 and Na5Cr3F14, were identified from fluoroborate systems. The evaluation of fluoroborate and alternate coolants continued. Research on the behavior of hydrogen and its isotopes is summarized. The solubilities of hydrogen, deuterium, and helium in Li2BeF4 are very low. The sorption of tritium on graphite was found to be significant (a few milligrams of tritium per kilogram of graphite), possibly providing a means of sequestering a portion of the tritium produced. Development of analytical methods continued with emphasis on voltammetric and spectrophotometric techniques for the in-line analysis of corrosion products such as Fe2+ and Cr3+ and the determination of the U3+/U4+ ratio in MSBR fuel salt. Similar studies were conducted with the NaBF4--NaF coolant salt. Information developed during the previous operation of the CSTF has been assessed and used to formulate plans for evaluation of in-line analytical methods in future CSTF operations. Electroanalytical and spectrophotometric research suggests that an electroactive protonic species is present in molten NaBF4--NaF, and that this species rapidly equilibrates with a volatile proton-containing species. Data obtained from the CSTF indicated that tritium was concentrated in the volatile species. (JGB)

  11. Water chemistry during startup testing at the latest PWR. Genkai Unit No. 4

    In Genkai Unit No. 4, the biggest output nuclear plant in Japan with generation capacity of 1,180 MWe, various countermeasures to reduce radiation exposure have been adopted from the design and construction stages, including the use of Alloy TT690. The countermeasures indicated here were designed to reduce the generation of corrosion products and facilitate their removal during shutdown. Improvement of water chemistry during hot functional test (HFT) with H2 and LiOH additives led to form an oxide film in the initial stage of corrosion and metal release. Thus, the concentration of corrosion product was minimized, indicating that the improved HFT water chemistry was effective to radiation source reduction. Both radiation source on primary water system and secondary water chemistry condition of the Genkai Unit No. 4 were thought to have kept very excellent condition even in the startup test stage. These would become more excellent quality in commercial operation through further efforts. (M.N.)

  12. A new concept sensor to determine water chemistry conditions in high temperature water

    In order to confirm the concept of sensor, responses of the redox potentials of pure metals to the changes in O2 concentration were measured under non-irradiated condition. The obtained results are in follows. 1. The different responses of redox potentials to DO concentrations were obtained for the pure Fe, Zr and Pt electrodes. 2. The possibility of the concept of new array-type sensor to determine the DO concentration was confirmed using Pt, Zr and Fe electrodes. 3. The oxide film might affect the response of array-type sensor. The combination of inert electrodes was required to develop the array-type sensor. 4. In order to evaluate the availability of array-type sensor for the determination of water chemistry condition in reactor coolant, more data is required. (author)

  13. Water Chemistry Control in Reducing Corrosion and Radiation Exposure at PWR Reactor

    Water chemistry control plays an important role in relation to plant availability, reliability and occupational radiation exposures. Radiation exposures of nuclear plant workers are determined by the radiation rate dose and by the amount maintenance and repair work time Water chemistry has always been, from beginning of operation of power Pressurized Water Reactor, an important factor in determining the integrity of reactor components, fuel cladding integrity and minimize out of core radiation exposures. For primary system, the parameters to control the quality of water chemistry have been subject to change in time. Reactor water coolant pH need to be optimally controlled and be operated in range pH 6.9 to 7.4. At pH lower than 6.9, cause increasing the radiation exposure level and increasing coolant water pH higher than 7.4 will decrease radiation exposure level but increasing risk to fuel cladding and steam generator tube. Since beginning 90 decade, PWR water coolant pH tend to be operated at pH 7.4. This paper will discuss concerning water chemistry development in reducing corrosion and radiation exposure dose in PWR reactor. (author)

  14. Experience with maintenance of feed-water chemistry for FBTR once through steam generator

    Once through steam generators utilised for fast reactors are critical components requiring stringent control on water quality. This paper details the experience in maintenance of feed water chemistry during various phases of power operation in fast breeder test reactor (FBTR). (author). 1 ref., 2 figs., 1 tab

  15. 5. International seminar on primary and secondary side water chemistry of nuclear power plants

    The major subjects of the meetings are: water chemistry of primary and secondary coolant circuits of PWR type reactors (mainly WWER types), corrosion of steam generators, decontamination processes, treatment of radioactive waste waters and related subjects. All the 29 papers were individually indexed and abstracted for the INIS database. (R.P.)

  16. An Environmental Chemistry Experiment: The Determination of Radon Levels in Water.

    Welch, Lawrence E.; Mossman, Daniel M.


    Describes a radiation experiment developed to complement a new environmental chemistry laboratory curriculum. A scintillation counter is used to measure radon in water. The procedure relies on the fact that toluene will preferentially extract radon from water. Sample preparation is complete in less than 90 minutes. Because the level of…

  17. Radiation chemistry of high temperature and supercritical water

    The progresses of the studies on water radiolysis at elevated temperatures and supercritical water are reviewed, with the emphasis on the temperature and density effects on the radiolytic yields of water decomposition products, the reaction rate constants and the spectral properties of hydrated electron. (author)

  18. Water and Life in the International Year of Chemistry

    Bernal, Pedro J.


    This commentary talks about the worldwide health impact of lack of access to potable water. Household water treatment and storage (HWTS) is described as one approach to improving potable water accessibility in which students and educators can make a contribution to alleviate the problem of lack of access. The author suggests that, as chemists,…

  19. Water chemistry of supercritical pressure water under radiation field. Electrochemical monitoring and thermodynamics calculation

    This paper describes the program scope of national project, the research plan of electrochemical monitoring and thermodynamics calculation for potential (E)-pH diagrams. Examples of E-pH diagrams are introduced in this paper for Fe/H2O system and Cr/H2O system at supercritical temperatures. 1. A national project for the study on SCW water chemistry under radiation field started under the MEXT fund, including the following three sub-theme: 1) Radiolysis and kinetics of supercritical pressure water, 2) Influence of radiolysis and radiation damage on corrosion, 3) Behavior of corrosion products (CP) on the interface between water and materials. 2. In the sub-theme of CP behavior on the interface, the detailed design of electrochemical monitoring facility and electrochemical cell consists of two flow-through platinum hydrogen electrodes are determined. 3. The review on thermodynamics calculation models for SCW condition revealed the applicability of the revised HKF model and its modified version. The E-pH diagrams drawn with the HKF model exhibited the effect of pressure on solubility at 400degC in consistent with the reported corrosion test. (J.P.N.)

  20. Supercritical water loop design for corrosion and water chemistry tests under irradiation

    An experimental loop operating with water at supercritical conditions (25MPa, 600 .deg. C in the test section) is designed for operation in the research reactor LVR-15 in UJV Rez, Czech Republic. The loop should serve as an experimental facility for corrosion tests of materials for in-core as well as out-of-core structures, for testing and optimization of suitable water chemistry for a future HPLWR and for studies of radiolysis of water at supercritical conditions, which remains the domain where very few experimental data are available. At present, final necessary calculations (thermalhydraulic, neutronic, strength) are being performed on the irradiation channel, which is the most challenging part of the loop. The concept of the primary and auxiliary circuits has been completed. The design of the loop shall be finished in the course of the year 2007 to start the construction, out-of-pile testing to verify proper functioning of all systems and as such to be ready for in-pile tests by the end of the HPLWR Phase 2 European project by the end of 2009

  1. New design architecture decisions on water chemistry support systems at new VVER plants

    Kumanina, V.E.; Yurmanova, A.V. [Joint Stock Company Atomenergoproekt, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    Major goals of nuclear power plant design upgrading are reduction of cost and construction time with unconditional safety assurance. Main ways of further improvement of nuclear power plant design are as follows: review of the results of research engineering and development and of new technologies; harmonization with international codes and standards; justified liberalization of conservatism based on operating experience and use of improved design codes. Operational experience of Russian and foreign NPPs has shown that the designs of new NPPs could be improved by upgrading water chemistry support systems. Some new design solutions for water chemistry support systems are currently implemented at new WWER plants such as Bushehr, Kudankulam, Belene, Balakovo Units 5 and 6, AES-2006 project. The paper highlights the improvements of the following systems and processes: low temperature high pressure primary coolant clean-up system; primary system surface preconditioning during pre-start hot functional testing; steam generator blowdown cleanup system; secondary water chemistry; phosphate water chemistry in intermediate cooling circuits and other auxiliary systems; alternator cooling system water chemistry; steam generator cleanup and decontamination systems. (author)

  2. New design architecture decisions on water chemistry support systems at new VVER plants

    Major goals of nuclear power plant design upgrading are reduction of cost and construction time with unconditional safety assurance. Main ways of further improvement of nuclear power plant design are as follows: review of the results of research engineering and development and of new technologies; harmonization with international codes and standards; justified liberalization of conservatism based on operating experience and use of improved design codes. Operational experience of Russian and foreign NPPs has shown that the designs of new NPPs could be improved by upgrading water chemistry support systems. Some new design solutions for water chemistry support systems are currently implemented at new WWER plants such as Bushehr, Kudankulam, Belene, Balakovo Units 5 and 6, AES-2006 project. The paper highlights the improvements of the following systems and processes: low temperature high pressure primary coolant clean-up system; primary system surface preconditioning during pre-start hot functional testing; steam generator blowdown cleanup system; secondary water chemistry; phosphate water chemistry in intermediate cooling circuits and other auxiliary systems; alternator cooling system water chemistry; steam generator cleanup and decontamination systems. (author)

  3. Stable solid state reference electrodes for high temperature water chemistry

    A solid state electrode capable of providing a stable reference potential under a wide range of temperatures and chemical conditions has been demonstrated. The electrode consists of a zirconia or yttria-stabilized zirconia tube packed with an inorganic polymer electrolyte and a silver/silver chloride sensing element. The sensing element is maintained near room temperature by a passive cooling heat sink. The electrode stability was demonstrated by testing it in high temperature (280 C) aqueous solutions over extended periods of time. This reference electrode is useful in many applications, particularly for monitoring the chemistry in nuclear and fossil power plants

  4. Chemistry and origin of deep ground water in crystalline rocks

    This report discusses the interactions between water and crystalline rocks and its consequences for the chemical composition of the water. It also treats how flows of different types of water are modified by the rock, and the possible consequences for the ground water near a nuclear waste repository. The focus of the work is the changes in composition that ground water gets at deep levels in the rock. Data from Finnsjoen and Aespoe in Sweden show higher salinity in deep rock, which has been interpreted as a result of marine inflow of water during glaciation. Data from other, deeper boreholes in Finland, Canada, Russia, England and Sweden show that the increasing salinity is a rule and very high at great depths, higher than marine water can produce. Therefore, the deep waters from Finnsjoen and Aespoe are probably very old, and the high salinity a result from geological processes. Differing cation and isotopic composition than seawater also indicate geologic water. Differing theories on the origin of the ground water should be regarded in the safety analysis for a repository. 36 refs, 3 figs, 1 tab

  5. Secondary circuit water chemistry and related problems with SG

    Necessity for SG feed water and blowdown systems modernization Balakovo NPP steam generators PGV-1000M was identified at Units with VVER-1000 during commissioning separational, thermo-hydraulic and thermo-chemical testings. It was discovered, that in zone of 'hot' header coolant salt concentration (concentration of dissolved salts) was almost 2 times more, than salt concentration in blowdown water. A number of chemical testings was performed to investigate and optimize salts distribution in water volume of PGV-1000. (R.P.)

  6. Water chemistry characteristics in small reservoirs of semiarid Tunisia

    Rahaingomanana, Nathalie


    The variation of water quality in 24 small reservoirs of semiarid Tunisia was studied in relation to catchment and hydrological context duing two successive and contrasting hydrological years. Measured salinities generally satisfied the various uses. Three geochemical groups were identified based on the water quality during the inflow period. Calcium sulphate water types charachterize reservoirs located in Zeroud and Merguellil catchments. They have the greatest dissolved salt contents and an...

  7. Ground-water, surface-water, and water-chemistry data, Black Mesa area, northeastern Arizona--2003-04

    Truini, Margot; Macy, Jamie P.; Porter, Thomas J.


    The N aquifer is the major source of water in the 5,400-square-mile area of Black Mesa in northeastern Arizona. Availability of water is an important issue in this area because of continued industrial and municipal use, a growing population, and precipitation of about 6 to 14 inches per year. The monitoring program in the Black Mesa area has been operating since 1971 and is designed to determine the long-term effects of ground-water withdrawals from the N aquifer for industrial and municipal uses. The monitoring program includes measurements of (1) ground-water pumping, (2) ground-water levels, (3) spring discharge, (4) surface-water discharge, (5) ground-water chemistry, and (6) periodic testing of ground-water withdrawal meters. In 2003, total ground-water withdrawals were 7,240 acre-feet, industrial withdrawals were 4,450 acre-feet, and municipal withdrawals were 2,790 acre-feet. From 2002 to 2003, total withdrawals decreased by 10 percent, industrial withdrawals decreased by 4 percent, and municipal withdrawals decreased by 20 percent. Flowmeter testing was completed for 24 municipal wells in 2004. The median difference between pumping rates for the permanent meter and a test meter for all the sites tested was -2.9 percent. Values ranged from -10.9 percent at Forest Lake NTUA 1 to +7.8 percent at Rough Rock NTUA 2. From 2003 to 2004, water levels declined in 6 of 12 wells in the unconfined part of the aquifer, and the median change was -0.1 foot. Water levels declined in 7 of 11 wells in the confined part of the aquifer, and the median change was -2.7 feet. From the prestress period (prior to 1965) to 2003, the median water-level change for 26 wells was -23.2 feet. Median water-level change were -6.1 feet for 14 wells in the unconfined parts of the aquifer and and -72.1 feet for 12 wells in the confined part. Discharges were measured once in 2003 and once in 2004 at four springs. Discharge stayed the same at Pasture Canyon Spring, increased 9 percent at

  8. Chemistry of Water Collected From an Unventilated Drift, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    Water samples (referred to as puddle water samples) were collected from the surfaces of a conveyor belt and plastic sheeting in the unventilated portion of the Enhanced Characterization of the Repository Block (ECRB) Cross Drift in 2003 and 2005 at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The chemistry of these puddle water samples is very different than that of pore water samples from borehole cores in the same region of the Cross Drift or than seepage water samples collected from the Exploratory Studies Facility tunnel in 2005. The origin of the puddle water is condensation on surfaces of introduced materials and its chemistry is dominated by components of the introduced materials. Large CO2 concentrations may be indicative of localized chemical conditions induced by biologic activity. (authors)

  9. Effects of hydrogen water chemistry on radiation field buildup in BWRs

    A number of boiling water reactor (BWR) plants worldwide are currently operating under hydrogen water chemistry (HWC). In some reactors, when switching from normal water chemistry (NWC) to HWC, an increase in the recirculation piping dose rates has been observed. Understanding the key factors which affect the dose rate increase is the subject of our current investigation. Laboratory experiments have been conducted under controlled chemistry conditions to examine the rates of 60Co deposition and the characteristic of oxide films formed on stainless steel surfaces. The activity buildup data obtained from two operating BWRs are carefully reviewed and discussed in this paper. Based on both laboratory and reactor data, a plausible mechanism of enhanced activity buildup under HWC conditions is hypothesized. (orig.)

  10. Development of High Temperature Chemistry Measurement System for Establishment of On-Line Water Chemistry Surveillance Network in Nuclear Power Plant

    An integrated high-temperature water chemistry sensor (pH, Eredox) was developed for the establishment of the on-line water chemistry surveillance system in nuclear power plants. The basic performance of the integrated sensor was confirmed in high-temperature (280 .deg. C, 150kg/m2) lithium borate solutions by using the relationship between the concentration of lithium ion and pH-Eredox values. Especially, the effects of various environmental factors such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate on YSZ-based pH electrode were evaluated for ensuring the accuracy of high-temperature pH measurement. And the relationships between each water chemistry factor (pH, redox potential, electrical conductivity) were induced for enhancing the credibility of water chemistry measurement. In addition, on the basis of the evaluation of a nuclear plant design company, we suggested potential installation positions of the measurement system in a nuclear power plant

  11. Interpretation of corrosion potential data from boiling-water reactors under hydrogen water chemistry conditions

    A method was devised to estimate electrochemical conditions at the entrance to the recirculation piping of a boiling water reactor under hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) conditions from electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP) measurements made in remote autoclaves. The technique makes use of the mixed potential model to estimate ECP in the autoclaves and compares estimates to measured values in an optimization on the concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and oxygen in the recirculation system. The algorithm recognizes that H2O2 decomposes in sampling lines and that transit times between the recirculation system and monitoring points depend upon flow rates and sampling line diameters. An analysis was made of ECP data from three monitoring locations in the Barseback BWR in Sweden, as a function of H2 concentration in the feedwater for two flow rates (5,500 kg/s and 6,300 kg/s for the four recirculation loops). HWC did not displace ECP below a critical value of -0.23 VSHE at the lower flow rate until the reactor water [H2] exceeded 0.15 ppm, corresponding to a feedwater H2 level of > 0.93 ppm. At the higher flow rate of 6,300 kg/s (divided equally between four recirculation loops), protection was not predicted until the feedwater [H2] exceeded 1.2 ppm, corresponding to a reactor water [H2] of ∼ 0.195 ppm. The difference was attributed to the greater persistence of H2O2 at high feedwater [H2] at the higher flow rate, possibly because of the lower transit time from the core to the recirculation system

  12. Chemistry and radiative transfer of water in cold, dense clouds

    Keto, E.; Rawlings, J.; Caselli, P.


    The Herschel Space Observatory's recent detections of water vapor in the cold, dense cloud L1544 allow a direct comparison between observations and chemical models for oxygen species in conditions just before star formation. We explain a chemical model for gas phase water, simplified for the limited number of reactions or processes that are active in extreme cold ($

  13. Water chemistry and antimicrobial treatment in poultry processing

    This study examined the influence of calcium and magnesium ions in process water on the solubility of trisodium phosphate. Water used in poultry processing operations may be treated with sanitizers such as trisodium phosphate to reduce microbial activity and the risk of contamination. This occurs wh...

  14. Analysis of changes in stream water chemistry following forest management practices in Darabkola forest

    Mananeh Akbarimehr; Seyed Ataollah Hosseini; Seyed Mohammad Hodjati; Fatemeh Shariati


    Analysis of changes in stream water chemistry following forest management practices in Darabkola forestAbstract: Forest management practices such as road construction and harvesting may substantially alter the quality of water. The main concern of this investigation was to consider the influence of passed time from logging operation on stream water quality parameters. Six Stream crossings (culverts) with two logging treatments were implemented in three replications on permanent haul roads for...

  15. Analytical chemistry in water quality monitoring during manned space missions

    Artemyeva, Anastasia A.


    Water quality monitoring during human spaceflights is essential. However, most of the traditional methods require sample collection with a subsequent ground analysis because of the limitations in volume, power, safety and gravity. The space missions are becoming longer-lasting; hence methods suitable for in-flight monitoring are demanded. Since 2009, water quality has been monitored in-flight with colorimetric methods allowing for detection of iodine and ionic silver. Organic compounds in water have been monitored with a second generation total organic carbon analyzer, which provides information on the amount of carbon in water at both the U.S. and Russian segments of the International Space Station since 2008. The disadvantage of this approach is the lack of compound-specific information. The recently developed methods and tools may potentially allow one to obtain in-flight a more detailed information on water quality. Namely, the microanalyzers based on potentiometric measurements were designed for online detection of chloride, potassium, nitrate ions and ammonia. The recent application of the current highly developed air quality monitoring system for water analysis was a logical step because most of the target analytes are the same in air and water. An electro-thermal vaporizer was designed, manufactured and coupled with the air quality control system. This development allowed for liberating the analytes from the aqueous matrix and further compound-specific analysis in the gas phase.

  16. VGB water chemistry guideline for LWR type reactors

    The guideline for LWRs explains the quality standards to be met by the reactor feedwater and the primary water of BWR type reactors, and by the cooling water, steam generator feedwater and steam generator primary water of PWR type reactors. It also specifies quality standards for make-up water and steam used for the operation of turbines in LWR type power plant, which are subject to the same water purity requirements as fossil fueled power plant. The quality criteria are given as reference values, sometimes accompanied by values referring to specified normal operation, or limit values. The guideline applies to long-term operation, i.e. to the operating conditions at constant load. According to current knowledge and data, observation of the reference data given will exclude disturbance in the water or steam systems of reactors, steam generators and steam turbines. Certain operating conditions, such as load change or start-up and shut-down, may have effects on the water or steam quality which must not exceed the limit values. (orig./HP)

  17. Radon, volatile organic compounds and water chemistry in springs around Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

    Segovia, N.; Pena, P.; Lopez, M.B.E.; Cisniega, G. [Inst. Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Valdes, C.; Armienta, M.A.; Mena, M. [Inst. de Geofisica, UNAM, Ciudad Univ., Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    Popocatepetl volcano is a high-risk active volcano in Central Mexico where the highest population density in the country is settled. Radon in the soil and groundwater together with water chemistry from samples of nearby springs is analysed as a function of the 2002-2003 volcanic activity. Soil radon indicated fluctuations related both to the meteorological and sporadic explosive events. Groundwater radon showed essentially differences in concentration due to the specific characteristics of the studied springs. Water chemistry showed also stability along the monitoring period indicating differences between springs. No anthropogenic pollution from volatile organic compounds was observed. (orig.)

  18. Radon, volatile organic compounds and water chemistry in springs around Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

    Popocatepetl volcano is a high-risk active volcano in Central Mexico where the highest population density in the country is settled. Radon in the soil and groundwater together with water chemistry from samples of nearby springs is analysed as a function of the 2002-2003 volcanic activity. Soil radon indicated fluctuations related both to the meteorological and sporadic explosive events. Groundwater radon showed essentially differences in concentration due to the specific characteristics of the studied springs. Water chemistry showed also stability along the monitoring period indicating differences between springs. No anthropogenic pollution from volatile organic compounds was observed. (orig.)

  19. Study on the influence of water chemistry on fuel cladding behaviour of LWR in Japan

    This article presents the results of the study on the influence of water chemistry on fuel cladding behaviour, which has been performed for more than ten years on BWRs and PWRs in Japan. The post irradiation examination (P.I.E.) program of commercial reactor fuel assembly which was explained at Tokyo meeting in 1981 includes an investigation of the characteristics and build-up conditions of crud deposited on mainly BWR fuel cladding. This article also provides a summary of the results of the investigation and shows how the results are utilized for establishing effective water chemistry measures

  20. A case study of water chemistry and design of de-mineralized water plant at HWP-Kota

    This paper deals with the development of the chemistry parameters of process feed water used for exchange unit (XU) for initial enrichment of heavy water as part of production process at HWP-K. It also highlights the benefits accrued by the effective control of chemistry parameters in the form of improved feed processing rate, sustained and trouble free operation resulting in higher heavy water production at lower energy and production cost. Further reduction in cost of producing de-mineralized quality water can be achieved by adopting layered resin bed which is a new concept where a layer of weak resin is put on top of strong resin with similar characteristics in a single vessel. The benefit of stoichiometric efficiency of regeneration of weak resins is fully utilised in reducing the consumption of regenerants while retaining ability of strong resin to remove weak ions thus maintaining quality of processed water as same. (author)

  1. Concrete durability: physical chemistry of the water attack

    Cement paste constitutes an basic medium, thermodynamically stable for high pH's. For this reason, water constitutes an aggressive environment. For hydraulic structures, or nuclear waste disposal, water must be considered as a 'chemical loading'. In the short- and medium-term water-degradation of cement paste is principally due to transport of matter between the healthy zone and the aggressive solution through diffusion of ionic species from the interstitial solution of the cement paste. In the long-term, dissolution of the surface may occur. Various cement pastes were prepared and leached with continually demineralized water. After a critical time, which depends on the type of paste, the dissolution of the surface layer in contact with water will control the degradation kinetics. The diffusive and chemical properties of the degraded layer are therefore fundamental for the prediction of the long-term behaviour of concrete in water. 29Si Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) combined with 27A1 MAS NMR and 57Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy indicate that the superficial layer is formed by a CSH with a molecular structure near from the tobermorite mineral. Nuclear magnetic resonance techniques allow us to demonstrate the fundamental role of cationic substitutions occurring in the CSH during degradation on the superficial layer solubility. Our experimental results were used to model the cement paste behaviour taking into account the diffusion and the dissolution of the material. (author)

  2. Removal of sediment and bacteria from water using green chemistry.

    Buttice, Audrey L; Stroot, Joyce M; Lim, Daniel V; Stroot, Peter G; Alcantar, Norma A


    Although nearly all newly derived water purification methods have improved the water quality in developing countries, few have been accepted and maintained for long-term use. Field studies indicate that the most beneficial methods use indigenous resources, as they are both accessible and accepted by communities they help. In an effort to implement a material that will meet community needs, two fractions of mucilage gum were extracted from the Opuntia ficus-indica cactus and tested as flocculation agents against sediment and bacterial contamination. As diatomic ions are known to affect both mucilage and promote cell aggregation, CaCl(2) was studied in conjunction and compared with mucilage as a bacteria removal method. To evaluate performance, ion-rich waters that mimic natural water bodies were prepared. Column tests containing suspensions of the sediment kaolin exhibited particle flocculation and settling rates up to 13.2 cm/min with mucilage versus control settling rates of 0.5 cm/min. Bacillus cereus tests displayed flocculation and improved settling times with mucilage concentrations lower than 5 ppm and removal rates between 97 and 98% were observed for high bacteria concentration tests (>10(8) cells/ml). This natural material not only displays water purification abilities, but it is also affordable, renewable and readily available. PMID:20369814

  3. Chemistry and Radiative Transfer of Water in Cold, Dense Clouds

    Keto, Eric; Caselli, Paola


    The Herschel Space Observatory's recent detections of water vapor in the cold, dense cloud L1544 allow a direct comparison between observations and chemical models for oxygen species in conditions just before star formation. We explain a chemical model for gas phase water, simplified for the limited number of reactions or processes that are active in extreme cold ($<$ 15 K). In this model, water is removed from the gas phase by freezing onto grains and by photodissociation. Water is formed as ice on the surface of dust grains from O and OH and released into the gas phase by photodesorption. The reactions are fast enough with respect to the slow dynamical evolution of L1544 that the gas phase water is in equilibrium for the local conditions thoughout the cloud. We explain the paradoxical radiative transfer of the H$_2$O ($1_{10}-1_{01}$) line. Despite discouragingly high optical depth caused by the large Einstein A coefficient, the subcritical excitation in the cold, rarefied H$_2$ causes the line brightnes...

  4. Coagulation chemistries for silica removal from cooling tower water.

    Nyman, May Devan; Altman, Susan Jeanne; Stewart, Tom


    The formation of silica scale is a problem for thermoelectric power generating facilities, and this study investigated the potential for removal of silica by means of chemical coagulation from source water before it is subjected to mineral concentration in cooling towers. In Phase I, a screening of many typical as well as novel coagulants was carried out using concentrated cooling tower water, with and without flocculation aids, at concentrations typical for water purification with limited results. In Phase II, it was decided that treatment of source or make up water was more appropriate, and that higher dosing with coagulants delivered promising results. In fact, the less exotic coagulants proved to be more efficacious for reasons not yet fully determined. Some analysis was made of the molecular nature of the precipitated floc, which may aid in process improvements. In Phase III, more detailed study of process conditions for aluminum chloride coagulation was undertaken. Lime-soda water softening and the precipitation of magnesium hydroxide were shown to be too limited in terms of effectiveness, speed, and energy consumption to be considered further for the present application. In Phase IV, sodium aluminate emerged as an effective coagulant for silica, and the most attractive of those tested to date because of its availability, ease of use, and low requirement for additional chemicals. Some process optimization was performed for coagulant concentration and operational pH. It is concluded that silica coagulation with simple aluminum-based agents is effective, simple, and compatible with other industrial processes.

  5. Chemistry of snow and lake water in Antarctic region

    Kaushar Ali; Sunil Sonbawane; D M Chate; Devendraa Siingh; P S P Rao; P D Safai; K B Budhavant


    Surface snow and lake water samples were collected at different locations around Indian station at Antarctica, Maitri, during December 2004-March 2005 and December 2006-March 2007.Samples were analyzed for major chemical ions. It is found that average pH value of snow is 6.1. Average pH value of lake water with low chemical content is 6.2 and of lake water with high chemical content is 6.5.The Na+ and Cl− are the most abundantly occurring ions at Antarctica. Considerable amount of SO$^{2-}_{4}$ is also found in the surface snow and the lake water which is attributed to the oxidation of DMS produced by marine phytoplankton.Neutralization of acidic components of snow is mainly done by NH$^{+}_{4}$ and Mg2+. The Mg2+, Ca2+ and K+ are nearly equally effective in neutralizing the acidic components in lake water.The NH$^{+}_{4}$ and SO$^{2-}_{4}$ occur over the Antarctica region mostly in the form of (NH4)2SO4.


    Hathcock, D


    The factors affecting the optimal water chemistry of the Savannah River Site spent fuel storage basin must be determines in order to optimize facility efficiency, minimize fuel corrosion, and reduce overall environmental impact from long term spent nuclear fuel storage at the Savannah River Site. The Savannah River National Laboratory is using statistically designed experiments to study the effects of NO{sub 3}{sup -}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}, and Cl{sup -} concentrations on alloys commonly used not only as fuel cladding, but also as rack construction materials The results of cyclic polarization pitting and corrosion experiments on samples of Al 6061 and 1100 alloys will be used to construct a predictive model of the basin corrosion and its dependence on the species in the basin. The basin chemistry model and corrosion will be discussed in terms of optimized water chemistry envelope and minimization of cladding corrosion.

  7. Photocatalytic water splitting with acridine dyes: Guidelines from computational chemistry

    Liu, Xiaojun; Karsili, Tolga N. V.; Sobolewski, Andrzej L.; Domcke, Wolfgang


    The photocatalytic splitting of water into Hrad and OHrad radicals in hydrogen-bonded chromophore-water complexes has been explored with computational methods for the chromophores acridine orange (AO) and benzacridine (BA). These dyes are strong absorbers within the range of the solar spectrum. It is shown that low-lying charge-transfer excited states exist in the hydrogen-bonded AOsbnd H2O and BAsbnd H2O complexes which drive the transfer of a proton from water to the chromophore, which results in AOHradsbnd OHrad or BAHradsbnd OHrad biradicals. The AOHrad and BAHrad radicals possess bright ππ∗ excited states with vertical excitation energies near 3.0 eV which are predissociated by a low-lying repulsive πσ∗ state. The conical intersections of the πσ∗ state with the ππ∗ excited states and the ground state provide a mechanism for the photodetachment of the H-atom by a second photon. Our results indicate that AO and BA are promising chromophores for water splitting with visible light.

  8. The chemistry of feedwater for boiling-water and pressurized-water reactors

    In a nuclear power plant the purity of the feedwater depends largely on whether a condensate polishing plant is provided, whether the loop is conditioned and on the presence of corrosion products originating in the materials from which the loop is made. The feedwater specification depends on the type of steam generator used. The article defines the characteristic parameters of a condensate polishing plant (CPP), such as the 'degree of polishing' and 'practical exchange capacity of the resins' and indicates how they can be determined. In pressurized-water reactors (PWR) the feedwater is normally conditioned with hydrazine. Measurements are quoted to demonstrate that, in contrast to conventional plants, the point of injection is immaterial as regards the copper content of the feedwater. Moreover, the iron content of the feedwater of a PWR can be reduced by using cyclic amines. The feedwater chemistry of a BWR is discussed by referring to oxygen, iron and copper measurements. The authors show that in loops in which the feed-heater condensate is pumped forwards and where a feedwater tank is provided, the stipulated purity of the feedwater can be attained by suitable measures (such as mechanical filtration, prevention of erosion-corrosion, and so on). (Auth.)

  9. Water chemistry in secondary side of cne candu steam generators and their related degradation processes

    This paper presents a brief overview of steam generator functional parameters of nuclear power plants how use PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) and PHWR (Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor) reactors, followed by a description of fundamental aspects on steam generator degradation and water chemistry in the secondary side, and also, water chemistry improvement by controlling ph. During operating life, cooling radioactive contamination occurs, but water conditions must be maintained inside specific ranges. Feedwater must be maintained as free from impurities as possible. This requirement involves careful attention to the entire system through which the water flows, either in the form of steam or water, for even though water is used as feedwater be pure at the same time of its entry into the system, it may absorb impurities from the various parts of the installation. Specific attention should be directed to possible points of water leakage from the service water system, as in the main and auxiliary condensers. Feedwater must be treated to maintain the required water conditions. As the concentration of the impurities in deposits increase, the ph can shift locally in these areas to acidic or alkaline conditions, entering in a ph range where initiation of corrosion phenomena cannot be longer excluded. By maintaining of sufficiently reducing conditions, the occurrence of certain corrosion mechanisms will be excluded (like pitting), but certain forms of steam generator tube corrosion may still occur. (authors)

  10. Role(s) of adsorbed water in the surface chemistry of environmental interfaces.

    Rubasinghege, Gayan; Grassian, Vicki H


    The chemistry of environmental interfaces such as oxide and carbonate surfaces under ambient conditions of temperature and relative humidity is of great interest from many perspectives including heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, sensor technology, corrosion science, and cultural heritage science. As discussed here, adsorbed water plays important roles in the reaction chemistry of oxide and carbonate surfaces with indoor and outdoor pollutant molecules including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, ozone and organic acids. Mechanisms of these reactions are just beginning to be unraveled and found to depend on the details of the reaction mechanism as well as the coverage of water on the surface. As discussed here, adsorbed water can: (i) alter reaction pathways and surface speciation relative to the dry surface; (ii) hydrolyze reactants, intermediates and products; (iii) enhance surface reactivity by providing a medium for ionic dissociation; (iv) inhibit surface reactivity by blocking sites; (v) solvate ions; (vi) enhance ion mobility on surfaces and (vii) alter the stability of surface adsorbed species. In this feature article, drawing on research that has been going on for over a decade on the reaction chemistry of oxide and carbonate surfaces under ambient conditions of temperature and relative humidity, a number of specific examples showing the multi-faceted roles of adsorbed water are presented. PMID:23417201

  11. Incorporating landscape characteristics in a distance metric for interpolating between observations of stream water chemistry

    S. W. Lyon


    Full Text Available Spatial patterns of water chemistry along stream networks can be quantified using synoptic or "snapshot" sampling. The basic idea is to sample stream water at many points over a relatively short period of time. Even for intense sampling campaigns, the number of sample points is limited and interpolation methods, like kriging, are commonly used to produce continuous maps of water chemistry based on the point observations from the synoptic sampling. Interpolated concentrations are influenced heavily by how distance between points along the stream network is defined. In this study, we investigate different ways to define distance and test these based on data from a snapshot sampling campaign in a 37-km2 watershed in the Catskill Mountains region (New York State. Three distance definitions (or metrics were compared: Euclidean or straight-line distance, in-stream distance, and in-stream distance adjusted according characteristics of the local contributing area, i.e., an adjusted in-stream distance. Using the adjusted distance metric resulted in a lower cross-validation error of the interpolated concentrations, i.e., a better agreement of kriging results with measurements, than the other distance definitions. The adjusted distance metric can also be used in an exploratory manner to test which landscape characteristics are most influential for the spatial patterns of stream water chemistry and, thus, to target future investigations to gain process-based understanding of in-stream chemistry dynamics.

  12. Incorporating landscape characteristics in a distance metric for interpolating between observations of stream water chemistry

    S. W. Lyon


    Full Text Available Spatial patterns of water chemistry along stream networks can be quantified using synoptic or "snapshot" sampling. The basic idea is to sample stream water at many points over a relatively short period of time. Even for intense sampling campaigns, the number of sample points is limited and interpolation methods, like kriging, are commonly used to produce continuous maps of water chemistry based on the point observations from the synoptic sampling. Interpolated concentrations are influenced heavily by how distance between points along the stream network is defined. In this study, we investigate different ways to define distance and test these based on data from a snapshot sampling campaign in a 37-km2 watershed in the Catskill Mountains region (New York State. Three distance definitions (or metrics were compared: Euclidean or straight-line distance, in-stream distance, and in-stream distance adjusted according characteristics of the local contributing area, i.e., an adjusted in-stream distance. Using the adjusted distance metric resulted in a lower cross-validation error of the interpolated concentrations, i.e., a better agreement of kriging results with measurements, than the other distance definitions. The adjusted distance metric can also be used in an exploratory manner to test which landscape characteristics are most influential for the spatial patterns of stream water chemistry and, thus, to target future investigations to gain process-based understanding of in-stream chemistry dynamics.

  13. Water chemistry of secondary circuit and SG currently status NPP 'Kozloduy' 3

    The author gives a historical review of the secondary water chemistry regimes of NPP Kozloduy Unit 3. Results of eddy current inspection on the steam generator of Unit 5 and quantity of the deposits on the surfaces of steam generator during 1989-2001 inspections are given. (uke)

  14. Water chemistry and phytoplankton field and laboratory procedures

    Davis, C.O.; Simmons, M.S. (eds.)


    The purpose of this manual is to serve as a guide for persons using these techniques in water quality studies and as a written record of the methods used in this laboratory at this time. It is anticipated that the manual will be updated frequently as new methods are added and the present ones are further refined. The present methods are all used routinely and have been in regular use for a year or longer. This manual is specifically written as a guide for the collection and analysis of lake water samples from the Laurentian Great Lakes. However, all of the analytical methods are easily adapted for laboratory culture or small lake studies. The descriptions contained in this manual are designed primarily as users guides oriented to the equipment available at the Great Lakes Research Division, and as most of the methods are taken from the literature, the reader is referred to the original articles for a more detailed discussion of the methods.

  15. Water chemistry responses to hydraulic manipulation of an agricultural wetland

    Powers, S.; Stanley, E. H.


    Small impoundments are often crucial factors for the movement of sediment, organic matter, water-borne nutrients, and toxic materials through river networks. By recent accounting, at least 2.6 million small artificial water bodies exist in the US alone. A large proportion of those structures occur in regions with high intensity of agriculture, such as in the Midwestern grain belt. While small impoundments are aging structures which appear to serve few purposes, some hold ecological and biogeochemical value as artificial wetlands. We documented instantaneous net fluxes of solute (chloride, sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and soluble reactive phosphorus) through an artificial flow-through wetland in agricultural southern Wisconsin over 6 years which spanned removal of a small dam. Phased dewatering and dam removal ultimately converted the artificial wetland to a canal-like state (increase in mean water velocity from 0.08 to 0.22 m s-1). Mean net flux for chloride across the system averaged nearly 0 g d-1, indicating conservative transport and successful characterization of hydrology. In contrast, net fluxes for other solute forms were altered following loss of the wetland: a persistent net sulfate sink (5-10% of inputs retained), suggestive of sulfate-reducing bacteria, was reduced; seasonal (summer) net sinks for nitrate and ammonium, suggestive of uptake by algae and denitrifying bacteria, were reduced; temporal variability for the net flux of soluble reactive phosphorus was reduced. Overall, loss of the artificial wetland caused by dam removal shifted seasonal and annual net fluxes of biologically available solute toward export. Nutrient retention by artificial wetlands could be important for elemental budgets in regions which have high nutrient loading to surface and ground water.

  16. Kinugasa Reactions in Water: From Green Chemistry to Bioorthogonal Labelling

    Mariya Chigrinova; Douglas A. MacKenzie; Allison R. Sherratt; Lawrence L. W. Cheung; John Paul Pezacki


    The Kinugasa reaction has become an efficient method for the direct synthesis of β-lactams from substituted nitrones and copper(I) acetylides. In recent years, the reaction scope has been expanded to include the use of water as the solvent, and with micelle-promoted [3+2] cycloadditions followed by rearrangement furnishing high yields of β-lactams. The high yields of stable products under aqueous conditions render the modified Kinugasa reaction amenable to metabolic labelling and bioorthogona...

  17. Random Phase Approximation in Surface Chemistry: Water Splitting on Iron.

    Karlický, František; Lazar, Petr; Dubecký, Matúš; Otyepka, Michal


    The reaction of water with zero-valent iron (anaerobic corrosion) is a complex chemical process involving physisorption and chemisorption events. We employ random phase approximation (RPA) along with gradient-corrected and hybrid density functional theory (DFT) functionals to study the reaction of water with the Fe atom and Fe(100) surface. We show that the involvement of the exact electron exchange and nonlocal correlation effects in RPA improves the description of all steps of the reaction on the Fe surface with respect to standard [meaning local density approximation (LDA) or generalized gradient approximation (GGA)] DFT methods. The reaction profile calculated by range-separated hybrid functional HSE06 agrees reasonably well with the RPA profile, which makes HSE06 a computationally less demanding alternative to RPA. We also investigate the reaction of the Fe atom with water using DFT, RPA, and coupled-cluster through the perturbative triples complete basis set [CCSD(T)-3s3p-DKH/CBS] method. Local DFT methods significantly underestimate reaction barriers, while the reaction kinetics and thermodynamics from RPA agree with the reference CCSD(T) data. Both systems, i.e., the Fe atom and Fe(100), provide the same reaction mechanism, indicating that anaerobic corrosion is a stepwise process involving one-electron steps, with the first reaction step (formation of the HFeOH intermediate) representing the rate-limiting step. PMID:26584120

  18. Advanced analytical techniques for boiling water reactor chemistry control

    The analytical techniques applied can be divided into 5 classes: OFF-LINE (discontinuous, central lab), AT-LINE (discontinuous, analysis near loop), ON-LINE (continuous, analysis in bypass). In all cases pressure and temperature of the water sample are reduced. In a strict sense only IN-LINE (continuous, flow disturbance) and NON-INVASIVE (continuous, no flow disturbance) techniques are suitable for direct process control; - the ultimate goal. An overview of the analytical techniques tested in the pilot loop is given. Apart from process and overall water quality control, standard for BWR operation, the main emphasis is on water impurity characterization (crud particles, hot filtration, organic carbon); on stress corrosion crackling control for materials (corrosion potential, oxygen concentration) and on the characterization of the oxide layer on austenites (impedance spectroscopy, IR-reflection). The above mentioned examples of advanced analytical techniques have the potential of in-line or non-invasive application. They are different stages of development and are described in more detail. 28 refs, 1 fig., 5 tabs

  19. Governing chemistry of cellulose hydrolysis in supercritical water.

    Cantero, Danilo A; Bermejo, M Dolores; Cocero, M José


    At extremely low reaction times (0.02 s), cellulose was hydrolyzed in supercritical water (T=400 °C and P=25 MPa) to obtain a sugar yield higher than 95 wt%, whereas the 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) yield was lower than 0.01 wt %. If the reaction time was increased to 1 s, the main product was glycolaldehyde (60 wt%). Independently of the reaction time, the yield of 5-HMF was always lower than 0.01 wt%. To evaluate the reaction mechanism of biomass hydrolysis in pressurized water, several parameters (temperature, pressure, reaction time, and reaction medium) were studied for different biomasses (cellulose, glucose, fructose, and wheat bran). It was found that the H(+) and OH(-) ion concentration in the reaction medium as a result of water dissociation is the determining factor in the selectivity. The reaction of glucose isomerization to fructose and the further dehydration to 5-HMF are highly dependent on the ion concentration. By an increase in the pOH/pH value, these reactions were minimized to allow control of 5-HMF production. Under these conditions, the retroaldol condensation pathway was enhanced, instead of the isomerization/dehydration pathway. PMID:25704124

  20. Variability of Water Chemistry in Tundra Lakes, Petuniabukta Coast, Central Spitsbergen, Svalbard

    Małgorzata Mazurek; Renata Paluszkiewicz; Grzegorz Rachlewicz; Zbigniew Zwoliński


    Samples of water from small tundra lakes located on raised marine terraces on the eastern coast of Petuniabukta (Ebbadalen, Central Spitsbergen) were examined to assess the changes in water chemistry that had occurred during the summer seasons of 2001–2003 and 2006. The unique environmental conditions of the study region include the predominance of sedimentary carbonate and sulphate rocks, low precipitation values, and an active permafrost layer with a maximum thickness of 1.2 m. The average ...

  1. Water chemistry characterization and component performance of a recirculating aquaculture system producing hybrid striped bass

    Easter, Christopher


    Eight identical and independent pilot scale recirculating aquaculture production systems were populated with fingerling hybrid striped bass (Morone chrysops female x Morone saxatilis male). Three population densities were established with two replicates at 132 fishlm3 and three replicates each at 66 and 33 fishlm3. Water chemistry and water quality characteristics were monitored throughout the 228 day growth trial for all eight systems. A system component performance analys...

  2. Kinugasa Reactions in Water: From Green Chemistry to Bioorthogonal Labelling

    Mariya Chigrinova


    Full Text Available The Kinugasa reaction has become an efficient method for the direct synthesis of β-lactams from substituted nitrones and copper(I acetylides. In recent years, the reaction scope has been expanded to include the use of water as the solvent, and with micelle-promoted [3+2] cycloadditions followed by rearrangement furnishing high yields of β-lactams. The high yields of stable products under aqueous conditions render the modified Kinugasa reaction amenable to metabolic labelling and bioorthogonal applications. Herein, the development of methods for use of the Kinugasa reaction in aqueous media is reviewed, with emphasis on its potential use as a bioorthogonal coupling strategy.

  3. Technical Note: Linking soil – and stream-water chemistry based on a riparian flow-concentration integration model

    J. Seibert; T. Grabs; Köhler, S; H. Laudon; Winterdahl, M.; Bishop, K.


    The riparian zone, the last few meters of soil through which water flows before entering the stream, has been identified as a first order control on key aspects of stream water chemistry dynamics. We propose that the vertical distribution of lateral water flow across the profile of soil water chemistry in the riparian zone provides a conceptual explanation of how this control functions in catchments where matrix flow predominates. This paper presents a mathematical implementation of this conc...

  4. In-pile loop experiments in water chemistry and corrosion

    Results on the study of Zr-1% Nb alloy corrosion, in out-of and in-pile loops simulating the working conditions of the VVER-440 reactor (Soviet, PWR type), covered the time period May 1982-April 1986 were reported, as well as, results on transport and filtration of corrosion products. Methods and techniques used in the study included remote measurement of corrosion rate by polarizing resistance, out-of-pile loop at the temperature 350 deg. C, pressure 19 MPa, circulation 20 kgs/h and in-pile water loop with constant flow rate 10,000 kgs/h, pressure 16 MPa, temperature 330 deg. C and neutron flux 7x1013 n/cm2.s. It was shown that solid suspended particles with chemical composition corresponding most frequently to magnetite or nickelous ferrite, though with non-stoichiometric composition Mex2+ Fe3-x3+O4 were found. Continuous filtration of water by means of electromagnetic filter leads to a decrease of radioactivity of the outer epitactic layer only. Effect of filtration on the inner topotactic layer is negligible. The corrosion rates for the above-mentioned parameters are given

  5. Irradiation capability of Japanese materials test reactor for water chemistry experiments

    Appropriate understanding of water chemistry in the core of LWRs is essential as chemical species generated due to water radiolysis by neutron and gamma-ray irradiation govern corrosive environment of structural materials in the core and its periphery, causing material degradation such as stress corrosion cracking. Theoretical model calculation such as water radiolysis calculation gives comprehensive understanding of water chemistry at irradiation field where we cannot directly monitor. For enhancement of the technology, accuracy verification of theoretical models under wide range of irradiation conditions, i.e. dose rate, temperature etc., with well quantified in-pile measurement data is essential. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has decided to launch water chemistry experiments for obtaining data that applicable to model verification as well as model benchmarking, by using an in-pile loop which will be installed in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR). In order to clarify the irradiation capability of the JMTR for water chemistry experiments, preliminary investigations by water radiolysis / ECP model calculations were performed. One of the important irradiation conditions for the experiments, i.e. dose rate by neutron and gamma-ray, can be controlled by selecting irradiation position in the core. In this preliminary study, several representative irradiation positions that cover from highest to low absorption dose rate were chosen and absorption dose rate at the irradiation positions were evaluated by MCNP calculations. As a result of the calculations, it became clear that the JMTR could provide the irradiation conditions close to the BWR. The calculated absorption dose rate at each irradiation position was provided to water radiolysis calculations. The radiolysis calculations were performed under various conditions by changing absorption dose rate, water chemistry of feeding water etc. parametrically. Qualitatively, the concentration of H2O2, O2 and H2 at

  6. Pore water chemistry of Rokle Bentonite (Czech Republic)

    Document available in extended abstract form only. With inflowing the groundwater to Deep Geological Repository (DGR), the interaction of this water with engineering barrier materials will alter both, barrier materials and also the groundwater. One of the most important alterations represents the formation of bentonite pore water that will affect a number of important processes, e.g. corrosion of waste package materials, solubility of radionuclides, diffusion and sorption of radionuclides. The composition of bentonite pore water is influenced primarily by the composition of solid phase (bentonite), liquid phase (inflowing groundwater), the gaseous phase (partial pressure of CO2), bentonite compaction and the rate of groundwater species diffusion through bentonite. Also following processes have to be taken into account: dissolution of admixtures present in the bentonite (particularly well soluble salts, e.g. KCl, NaCl, gypsum), ion exchange process and protonation and deprotonation of surface hydroxyl groups on clay minerals. Long-term stability of mineral phases and possible mineral transformation should not be neglected as well. In the Czech Republic, DGR concept takes local bentonite into account as material for both buffer and backfill. The candidate bentonite comes from the Rokle deposit (NW Bohemia) and represents complex mixture of (Ca,Mg)-Fe-rich montmorillonite, micas, kaolinite and other mineral admixtures (mainly Ca, Mg, Fe carbonates, feldspars and iron oxides). The mineralogical and chemical characteristics were published previously. This bentonite is different in composition and properties from worldwide studied Na-bentonite (e.g. MX-80, Volclay) or Na-Ca bentonite (e.g. Febex). This fact leads to the need of investigation of Rokle bentonite in greater detail to verify its suitability as a buffer and backfill in DGR. Presented task is focused on the study of pore water evolution. Our approach for this study consists in modeling the pore water using

  7. Primary water chemistry control at units of Paks Nuclear Power Plant

    The primary water chemistry of the four identical units of Paks Nuclear Power Plant has been developed based on Western-type PWR units, taking into consideration some Soviet-Russian modifications. The political changes in 90s have also influenced the water chemistry specifications and directions. At PWR units the transition operational modes have been developed while in case of VVER units - in lack of central uniform regulation - this question has become the competence and responsibility of each individual plant. This problem has resulted in separate water chemistry developments with a considerable time delay. The needs for life-time extensions all over the World have made the development of start-up and shut-down chemistry procedures extremely important, since they considerably influence the long term and safe operation of plants. The uniformly structured limit value system, the principles applied for the system development, and the logic schemes for actions to be taken are discussed in the paper, both for normal operation and transition modes. (author)

  8. Research loops for the water chemistry, corrosion and crud depositing after DECO

    Reliability of nuclear fuel and radiation fields surrounding primary systems is an important aspect of overall nuclear reactor safety. Corrosion product (crud) deposition on fuel surface has implications for fuel performance through heat transfer and local chemistry modifications. It is important to pay attention to the studies of organic substance behaviour in the circuit, especial in light of the influence of decontamination on the corrosive behaviour of materials and on crud deposition on fuel. Therefore, further research is still needed. The LVR-15 reactor is an important facility, which serves for research into nuclear generating station materials and water chemistry. The main goal of the reactor's facilities is to model conditions that are as close as possible to real conditions, and thus secure the reproducibility and utilization of measured values. Experience that has been gained during the operation of research loops at NRI (RVS-3, RVS-4, Zinc loop) is now used as water chemistry guidelines base ground for the Czech NPPs. Together with the experiences from fuel inspection equipment at the Temelin NPP; NRI has perfect tools for studying and improving of VVER water chemistry regimes

  9. In-pile loop experiments in water chemistry and corrosion

    Methods and techniques used were as follows: (a) Method of polarizing resistance for remote monitoring of instantaneous rate of uniform corrosion. (b) Out-of-pile loop at the temperature 350 degC, pressure 19 MPa, circulation 20 kgs/h, testing time 1000 h. (c) High temperature electromagnetic filter with classical solenoid and ball matrix for high pressure filtration tests. (d) High pressure and high temperature in-pile water loop with coolant flow rate 10 000 kgs/h, neutron flux in active channel 7x1013 n/cm2.s, 16 MPa, 330 degC. (e) Evaluation of experimental results by chemical and radiochemical analysis of coolant, corrosion products and corrosion layer on surface. The results of measurements carried out in loop facilities can be summarized into the following conclusions: (a) In-pile and out-of-pile loops are suitable means of investigating corrosion processes and mass transport in the nuclear power plant primary circuit. (b) In studying transport phenomena in the loop, it is necessary to consider the differences in geometry of the loop and the primary circuit, mainly the ratio of irradiated and non-irradiated surfaces and volumes. (c) In the experimental facility simulating the WWER-type nuclear power plant primary circuit, solid suspended particles of a chemical composition corresponding most frequently to magnetite or nickel ferrite, though with non-stoichiometric composition Mex2+Fe3-x3+O4, were found. (d) Continuous filtration of water by means of an electromagnetic filter removing large particles of corrosion products leads to a decrease in radioactivity of the outer epitactic layer only. The effect of filtration on the inner topotactic layer is negligible

  10. Secondary side water chemistry pH control strategy improvements

    Over the years the PWR plant operators were aware of the need of optimizing the pH control strategy in the water-steam cycle with the focus on improvement of steam generator performance with the main goal of reducing the corrosion product ingress into the steam generators and their consequences: SG fouling, SG tube corrosion beneath deposits. To achieve this goal, it becomes necessary to harmonize three requirements: a. High overall pH along the circuit for suppression of general corrosion, requiring a volatile amine to ensure a suitable distribution in steam areas and condenser, and b. High local pH at the water phase of two-phase flow areas, requiring an either rather low volatile amine to ensure high pH in the wet steam water film, or larger amounts of a volatile amine. c. Sufficient amount of hydrazine to ensure reducing conditions in the steam generators. The basic strategy of AREVA NP GmbH (formerly KWU), successfully applied in German nuclear power plants since the late seventies consisted on the achievement of the necessary pH by means of ammonia, as generated by thermal decomposition of hydrazine. By dosing of hydrazine at the necessary amounts to ensure reducing conditions, also sufficient ammonia is generated to achieve a high overall pH along the cycle, being the target pH (25 deg. C) ≥ 9.8 resulting in < 1 ppb Fe in final feed water. This treatment is known as H-AVT (High pH - All Volatile Treatment). Main prerequisite for its application is to have a copper-free system. Eventually, H-AVT started to be applied later at some other western nuclear power plants. In some units, the high condenser exhaust flow rate applied caused a considerable amount of ammonia being removed from the cycle, resulting in too low ammonia concentrations to maintain a sufficiently high pH, making the addition of ammonia necessary. AREVA NP GmbH together with plant operators investigated the possibility of complementing the applied classical H-AVT by addition of an advanced

  11. Secondary water chemistry control practices and results of the Japanese PWR plants

    In Japan, since the start of the operation of the first PWR plant, Mihama Unit-1 in 1970, 24 PWR plants have been built by 2010, and all of them are in operation. Due to the plant-specific needs of management, and by flexibly incorporating the state-of-the-art insights into the design, the system configurations of the plants vary so many as 15 types. Meanwhile, the geographical feature of Japan makes all the Japanese PWR plants to have condensers cooled by sea water, and all the plants have a common system with a full-flow Condensate Polisher System (CPS). To prevent corrosion, continued improvements of the secondary water chemistry management has been performed like other countries, and one of the major features of the Japanese PWR plants is an enhanced provision for the condenser leakage. The water quality of SG (Steam Generator) has been significantly improved by the provision for the sea water leakage, in combination with other improvements in water chemistry management. Also in Japan, almost all of the treatments of the spent polisher resin and the wastewater are performed within the power plant sites. To facilitate the treatment of the waste water and the regeneration of the spent resins, either ammonia or ETA (Ethanol Amine) is selected as the pH adjustment agent for the secondary system water. Also at the ammonia treatment, high pH accomplishes the inhibition of the piping wall thinning and the lower iron transportation into SGs. In addition, the iron transported into the SG is removed by the chemical conditioning treatment called ASCA (Advanced Scale Conditioning Agent). This provides the effective recovery of the SG heat-transfer performance, and the improved SG support plate BEC (Broached Egg Crate) hole blockage rates. Basically in Japan, the secondary water chemistry management has been improved based on a single basic specification, for the variety of the plant configurations, with the plant-specific investigations and analyses. This paper summarizes

  12. Water chemistry control for the target/blanket region of the accelerator production of tritium

    High-energy particle interactions in the various components of the target/blanket region of the Accelerator Production of Tritium lead to heat generation and deposition. Heavy-water and light-water systems are used to cool the target/blanket system and associated equipment. Structural materials include Inconel alloy 718, aluminum-clad lead rods, aluminum tubes containing helium-3 and tritium gas, and stainless steel components. Proper coolant chemistry is required to maximize neutron production, minimize corrosion of components, and minimize activity buildup. Corrosion-related phenomena and development of coolant and moderator corrosion control for both power and defense fission reactors has been studied extensively over the past 50 years. Less is known, however, about cooling systems for accelerators where a variety of transient chemical species and spallation products may be formed. The following provides a discussion on the issues that need to be addressed for proper water chemistry control for the APT system

  13. The key to superior water chemistry at a PWR nuclear station

    This paper demonstrates how a condensate polishing unit can be successfully used to treat the feedwater for circulating-type pressurized water reactors (PWRs). Water chemistry at the Salem Generating Station, a two-unit, four-loop Westinghouse PWR located in New Jersey, is discussed. Topics considered include a plant description and the history of early operation, the role of constant surveillance, makeup water quality, the effect of freezing on gel-type anion exchange resin, a total organic carbon (TOC) survey, steam generator chemistry, steam generator inspection, condensate polisher operation, and management philosophy. The SEPREX condensate polishing process, in which the complete separation of the anion exchange resin from the cation exchange resin is achieved by flotation separation, is examined. It is concluded that the utilization of a condensate polishing process such as SEPREX provides the operating personnel at the plant with the necessary means to maintain the minimum desired level of contaminants within the steam generator

  14. Dominant processes controlling water chemistry of the Pecos River in American southwest

    Yuan, Fasong; Miyamoto, Seiichi


    Here we show an analysis of river flow and water chemistry data from eleven gauging stations along the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico and western Texas, with time spanning 1959-2002. Analysis of spatial relationship between the long-term average flow and total dissolved solids (TDS) concentration allows us to illuminate four major processes controlling river chemistry, namely saline water addition, evaporative concentration with salt gain or loss, dilution with salt gain or loss, and salt storage. Of the 10 river reaches studied, six reaches exhibit the process dominated by evaporative concentration or freshwater dilution with little change in salt load. Four reaches show considerable salt gains or losses that are induced by surface-ground water interactions. This analysis suggests that the evaporative concentration and freshwater dilution are the prevailing mechanisms, but local processes (e.g., variations in hydrologic flowpath and lithologic formation) also play an important role in regulating the hydrochemistry of the Pecos River.

  15. Effects of hydrogen water chemistry on radiation field buildup in BWRs

    Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) use high purity water as the neutron moderator and primary coolant in the production of steam. As a result of water radiolysis the coolant in the BWR under normal water chemistry (NWC) operation conditions contains approximately 200 ppb of oxidant (O2 + H2O2) in the recirculation line and several hundred ppb of oxidant in the core region. This range of the oxidant concentration increases the potential susceptibility of austenitic stainless steel and certain nickel base alloys to intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) when other requisite factors such as stress and sensitization are present. Modification of coolant chemistry by feedwater hydrogen addition is a viable option to mitigate SCC in operating plants. Currently, there are more than 20 BWRs worldwide operating under hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) conditions. In some reactors after switching from NWC to HWC, an increase in recirculation piping dose rates has been observed, but other plants have shown very minimal or no effect. Earlier laboratory test results have shown that Co-60 deposition on stainless steel is slightly enhanced by switching from NWC to HWC, and more recent experiments have shown that the activity buildup rate is more profound under cyclic HWC/NWC conditions. Both the reactor and laboratory data will be evaluated with the aid of oxide film characterization, and a plausible mechanism of enhanced activity buildup under HWC conditions will be hypothesized. (authors). 4 figs., 4 refs

  16. Processes controlling groundwater chemistry and identification of water resource vulnerability: Yarra catchment, Victoria

    Full text: Assessment of processes controlling groundwater chemistry is essential for water resource management and identification of water resource vulnerability. The Yarra Catchment (4045 km2) extends 120 km east of Melbourne and is considered a significant area for Melbourne's water resources. This catchment is characterised by fractured rock aquifers, a high baseflow component, high, localised recharge, and diverse land use. Therefore, identification of processes controlling groundwater chemistry is important for determining areas where groundwater, and inevitably surface water, are most vulnerable to contamination. The regional groundwater flow system is affected by high, localised recharge in areas of high surface elevations. Hence, a local groundwater flow system is investigated in detail to aid regional interpretation. Processes causing spatial heterogeneity of groundwater chemistry include the extent of recharge, water-rock interaction and land use processes. At high surface elevations Na:CI = 1, and direct recharge of precipitation into sedimentary or granitic aquifers results in groundwater with lower TDS values (∼ 50 to 100 mg/L), compared to groundwater where precipitation directly recharges younger basaltic aquifers (TDS ∼ 100 to 150 mg/L). At lower surface elevations Na:CI ratios decrease, and major ion concentrations, pH and TDS are significantly higher (TDS ∼ 400 to 500 mg/L) reflecting cumulative effects of water-rock interaction and agricultural land use lower in the catchment. Groundwater samples were also analysed for stable isotopes, the 180 and 2H values (-6.2 to 5.50, and -38.1 to 32.20 VSMOW respectively) lie on the Melbourne Meteoric Water Line, indicating that groundwater has not been subjected to evaporation or high-temperature water rock interaction. Slightly lower 180 and 2H values for groundwater compared to nearby surface water indicates that recharge of colder rains occurs preferentially, both on local and more regional scales

  17. Spatiotemporal dynamics of spring and stream water chemistry in a high-mountain area

    The present study deals with the application of the self-organizing map (SOM) technique in the exploration of spatiotemporal dynamics of spring and stream water samples collected in the Chocholowski Stream Basin located in the Tatra Mountains (Poland). The SOM-based classification helped to uncover relationships between physical and chemical parameters of water samples and factors determining the quality of water in the studied high-mountain area. In the upper part of the Chocholowski Stream Basin, located on the top of the crystalline core of the Tatras, concentrations of the majority of ionic substances were the lowest due to limited leaching. Significantly higher concentration of ionic substances was detected in spring and stream samples draining sedimentary rocks. The influence of karst-type springs on the quality of stream water was also demonstrated. - Highlights: → We use SOM approach to explore physiochemical data for mountain waters. → Geologic structure and hydrological events impact water chemistry. → Limited leaching, typical of crystalline core, reflects in low water mineralization. → Sedimentary rocks are susceptible for leaching. → Eutrophication has not been shown to be a threat in the Chocholowska Valley. - Spatiotemporal dynamics of spring and stream water chemistry in unique high-mountain area was evaluated by the self-organizing map technique.

  18. Carbon key-properties for microcystin adsorption in drinking water treatment: structure or surface chemistry?

    Júlio, Maria de Fátima de Jesus Leal


    The carbon key-properties (structure and surface chemistry) for microcystin-LR (MC-LR) adsorption onto activated carbon were investigated. Waters with an inorganic background matrix approaching that of the soft natural water (2.5 mM ionic strength) were used. Also, model waters with controlled ionic make-up and NOM surrogate with similar size of MC-LR (tannic acid - TA) with MC-LR extracts were tested with activated carbon NORIT 0.8 SUPRA. For this AC, two particle sizes, 125-180 μm and 63-90...

  19. Study on the application of enriched boric acid in PWR primary water chemistry

    Natural boric acid is used in PWRs as chemical shim to control excess reactivity. After the implement of long-cycle fuel management, boron concentration will be increased, and water chemistry controlling will become more difficult. The paper analyzes the feasibility of enriched boric acid (EBA) used in the primary system of the nuclear power plants (NPPs) and the influence to correlative water chemical treatment systems. The study shows the EBA can reduce the corrosion rate of the primary system materials and radiation field, improve the economy of the in-service NPPs. It will be important to improve the technology of NPP primary water treatment. (authors)

  20. Simulation of stratospheric water vapor trends: impact on stratospheric ozone chemistry

    A. Stenke


    Full Text Available A transient model simulation of the 40-year time period 1960 to 1999 with the coupled climate-chemistry model (CCM ECHAM4.L39(DLR/CHEM shows a stratospheric water vapor increase over the last two decades of 0.7 ppmv and, additionally, a short-term increase after major volcanic eruptions. Furthermore, a long-term decrease in global total ozone as well as a short-term ozone decline in the tropics after volcanic eruptions are modeled. In order to understand the resulting effects of the water vapor changes on lower stratospheric ozone chemistry, different perturbation simulations were performed with the CCM ECHAM4.L39(DLR/CHEM feeding the water vapor perturbations only to the chemistry part. Two different long-term perturbations of lower stratospheric water vapor, +1 ppmv and +5 ppmv, and a short-term perturbation of +2 ppmv with an e-folding time of two months were applied. An additional stratospheric water vapor amount of 1 ppmv results in a 5–10% OH increase in the tropical lower stratosphere between 100 and 30 hPa. As a direct consequence of the OH increase the ozone destruction by the HOx cycle becomes 6.4% more effective. Coupling processes between the HOx-family and the NOx/ClOx-family also affect the ozone destruction by other catalytic reaction cycles. The NOx cycle becomes 1.6% less effective, whereas the effectiveness of the ClOx cycle is again slightly enhanced. A long-term water vapor increase does not only affect gas-phase chemistry, but also heterogeneous ozone chemistry in polar regions. The model results indicate an enhanced heterogeneous ozone depletion during antarctic spring due to a longer PSC existence period. In contrast, PSC formation in the northern hemisphere polar vortex and therefore heterogeneous ozone depletion during arctic spring are not affected by the water vapor increase, because of the less PSC activity. Finally, this study shows that 10% of the global total ozone decline in the transient model run

  1. The research of materials and water chemistry for supercritical water-cooled reactors in Research Centre Rez

    Research Centre Rez (CVR) is R and D company based in the Czech Republic. It was established as the subsidiary of the Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc. One of the main activities of CVR is the research of materials and chemistry for the generation IV reactor systems - especially the supercritical water-cooled one. For these experiments is CVR equipped by a supercritical water loop (SCWL) and a supercritical water autoclave (SCWA) serving for research of material and Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR) environment compatibility experiments. SCWL is a research facility designed to material, water chemistry, radiolysis and other testing in SCWR environment, SCWA serves for complementary and supporting experiments. SCWL consists of auxiliary circuits (ensuring the required parameters as temperature, pressure and chemical conditions in the irradiation channel, purification and measurements) and irradiation channel (where specimens are exposed to the SCWR environment). The design of the loop is based on many years of experience with loop design for various types of corrosion/water chemistry experiments. Designed conditions in the test area of SCWL are 600 deg. C and 25 MPa. SCWL was designed in 2008 within the High Performance Light Water Reactor Phase 2 project and built during 2008 and 2009. The trial operations were performed in 2010 and 2011 and were divided into three phases - the first phase to verify the functionality of auxiliary circuits of the loop, the second phase to verify the complete facility (auxiliary circuits and functional irradiation channel internals) and the third phase to verify the feasibility of corrosion tests with the complete equipment and specimens. All three trial operations were very successful - designed conditions and parameters were reached. (authors)

  2. Radon, water chemistry and pollution check by volatile organic compounds in springs around Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

    M. Mena


    Full Text Available Popocatepetl volcano is a high-risk active volcano in Central Mexico where the highest population density in the country is settled. Radon in the soil and groundwater together with water chemistry from samples of nearby springs were analysed as a function of the 2002-2003 volcanic activity. The measurements of soil radon indicated fluctuations related to both the meteorological and sporadic explosive events. Groundwater radon showed essential differences in concentration due to the specific characteristics of the studied springs. Water chemistry showed also stability along the monitoring period. No anthropogenic pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs was observed. An overview of the soil radon behaviour as a function of the volcanic activity in the period 1994-2002 is also discussed.

  3. Effects of reduced nitrogen and sulphur deposition on the water chemistry of moorland pools

    To assess changes as a result of reduced acidifying deposition, water chemistry data from 68 Dutch moorland pools were collected during the periods 1983-1984 and 2000-2006. Partial recovery was observed: nitrate- and ammonium-N, sulphur and aluminium concentrations decreased, while pH and alkalinity increased. Calcium and magnesium concentrations decreased. These trends were supported by long term monitoring data (1978-2006) of four pools. Increased pH correlated with increases in ortho-phosphate and turbidity, the latter due to stronger coloration by organic acids. Increased ortho-phosphate and turbidity are probably the result of stronger decomposition of organic sediments due to decreased acidification and may hamper full recovery of moorland pool communities. In addition to meeting emission targets for NOx, NHx and SOx, restoration measures are still required to facilitate and accelerate recovery of acidified moorland pools. - Partial recovery of moorland pool water chemistry after reduction of nitrogen and sulphur deposition.

  4. Radon, water chemistry and pollution check by volatile organic compounds in springs around Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

    Mena, M.; G. Cisniega; Lopez, B.; M. A. Armienta; Valdés, C; Peña, P; N. Segovia


    Popocatepetl volcano is a high-risk active volcano in Central Mexico where the highest population density in the country is settled. Radon in the soil and groundwater together with water chemistry from samples of nearby springs were analysed as a function of the 2002-2003 volcanic activity. The measurements of soil radon indicated fluctuations related to both the meteorological and sporadic explosive events. Groundwater radon showed essential differences in concentration d...

  5. Water chemistry and soil radon survey at the Poas volcano (Costa Rica)

    Seidel, J.L.; M. Monnin; Fernandez, E.; J. Barquero; N. Segovia


    Radon-in-soil monitoring at the Poas volcano (Costa Rica) has been performed together with water chemistry from the hot crater lake since 1981 and 1983 respectively. The results are discussed as a function of the eruptive evolution of the volcano over a 13 years period (1981-1994). It is shown that no definitely clear precursory radon signals have been recorded. On the contrary, ionic species concentrations are likely to be considered good precursors, together with the tem...

  6. Responses in tropospheric chemistry to changes in UV fluxes, temperatures and water vapour densities

    Fuglestvedt, Jan S.; Jonson, J.E.; WANG, WEI-CHYUNG; Isaksen, Ivar S.A.


    A two-dimensional chemistry/transport model of the global troposphere is used to study the chemical response to i) increased UV-radiation from stratospheric ozone depletion and ii) increased temperatures and water vapour densities that follow from in-creased levels of greenhouse gases. Increased UV radiation increases the photolysis rates for several tropospheric gases, in particular ozone. This leads to enhanced levels of odd hydrogen and reduced concentrations of tropospheric ozone. Increas...

  7. Effects of iron on arsenic speciation and redox chemistry in acid mine water

    Bednar, A.J.; Garbarino, J.R.; Ranville, J.F.; Wildeman, T.R.


    Concern about arsenic is increasing throughout the world, including areas of the United States. Elevated levels of arsenic above current drinking-water regulations in ground and surface water can be the result of purely natural phenomena, but often are due to anthropogenic activities, such as mining and agriculture. The current study correlates arsenic speciation in acid mine drainage and mining-influenced water with the important water-chemistry properties Eh, pH, and iron(III) concentration. The results show that arsenic speciation is generally in equilibrium with iron chemistry in low pH AMD, which is often not the case in other natural-water matrices. High pH mine waters and groundwater do not always hold to the redox predictions as well as low pH AMD samples. The oxidation and precipitation of oxyhydroxides deplete iron from some systems, and also affect arsenite and arsenate concentrations through sorption processes. ?? 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Stream water chemistry after two forest fertilizations with Skog Vital in central Sweden

    A study was made of the impact of forest fertilization (non-nitrogenous mix) on the water chemistry of two streams, which drain catchment areas in east Haerjedalen in Sweden. In summer 1990, part of one of the catchment areas was fertilized by tractor at a dose of 0.6 tonnes per hectare, and part of the other by helicopter at a dose of 0.5 tonnes per hectare. The fertilizer contained base cations, sulphur, phosphorus, zinc and boron. Water samples were taken at a water-sampling station upstream of the treated area and at a water-sampling station downstream of the treated area. A total of 30 samples were made and the water was analysed for pH, alkalinity, nitrogen, phosphorus, base cations, aluminium and sulphate. Discharge was both measured and simulated, the latter using a runoff model. An estimate was made of the additional leaching resulting from fertilization. 13 refs, 12 figs, 6 tabs

  9. Hydrogeochemical processes controlling water and dissolved gas chemistry at the Accesa sinkhole (southern Tuscany, central Italy

    Franco Tassi


    Full Text Available The 38.5 m deep Lake Accesa is a sinkhole located in southern Tuscany (Italy that shows a peculiar water composition, being characterized by relatively high total dissolved solids (TDS values (2 g L-1 and a Ca(Mg-SO4 geochemical facies. The presence of significant amounts of extra-atmospheric gases (CO2 and CH4, which increase their concentrations with depth, is also recognized. These chemical features, mimicking those commonly shown by volcanic lakes fed by hydrothermal-magmatic reservoirs, are consistent with those of mineral springs emerging in the study area whose chemistry is produced by the interaction of meteoric-derived waters with Mesozoic carbonates and Triassic evaporites. Although the lake has a pronounced thermocline, water chemistry does not show significant changes along the vertical profile. Lake water balance calculations demonstrate that Lake Accesa has >90% of its water supply from sublacustrine springs whose subterranean pathways are controlled by the local structural assessment that likely determined the sinking event, the resulting funnel-shape being then filled by the Accesa waters. Such a huge water inflow from the lake bottom (~9·106 m3 yr-1 feeds the lake effluent (Bruna River and promotes the formation of water currents, which are able to prevent the establishment of a vertical density gradient. Consequently, a continuous mixing along the whole vertical water column is established. Changes of the drainage system by the deep-originated waters in the nearby former mining district have strongly affected the outflow rates of the local mineral springs; thus, future intervention associated with the ongoing remediation activities should carefully be evaluated to preserve the peculiar chemical features of Lake Accesa.

  10. Introduction of Mass Spectrometry in an First-Semester General Chemistry Laboratory Course: Quantification of Mtbe or Dmso in Water

    Solow, Mike


    Quantification of a contaminant in water provides the first-year general chemistry students with a tangible application of mass spectrometry. The relevance of chemistry to assessing and solving environmental problems is highlighted for students when they perform mass spectroscopy experiments.

  11. Supercritical water in analytical chemistry: A green solvent to manipulate fused-silica capillaries for separation methods

    Karásek, Pavel; Horká, Marie; Šlais, Karel; Planeta, Josef; Roth, Michal

    Nottingham, 2013. O86. [International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry /6./. 04.08.2013-07.08.2013, Nottingham] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP106/12/0522; GA MV VG20102015023 Institutional support: RVO:68081715 Keywords : supercritical water * fused silica capillary * analytical separation methods Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry , Separation

  12. Wildfires and water chemistry: effect of metals associated with wood ash.

    Cerrato, José M; Blake, Johanna M; Hirani, Chris; Clark, Alexander L; Ali, Abdul-Mehdi S; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Peterson, Eric; Bixby, Rebecca J


    The reactivity of metals associated with ash from wood collected from the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, was assessed through a series of laboratory experiments. Microscopy, spectroscopy, diffraction, and aqueous chemistry measurements were integrated to determine the chemical composition of wood ash and its effect on water chemistry. Climate change has caused dramatic impacts and stresses that have resulted in large-scale increases in wildfire activity in semi-arid areas of the world. Metals and other constituents associated with wildfire ash can be transported by storm event runoff and negatively affect the water quality in streams and rivers. Differences among ash from six tree species based on total concentrations of metals such as Ca, Al, Mg, Fe, and Mn were identified using non-metric multidimensional analysis. Metal-bearing carbonate and oxide phases were quantified by X-ray diffraction analyses and X-ray spectroscopy analyses. These metal-bearing carbonate phases were readily dissolved in the first 30 minutes of reaction with 18 MΩ water and 10 mM HCO3(-) in laboratory batch experiments which resulted in the release of metals and carbonates in the ash, causing water alkalinity to increase. However, metal concentrations decreased over the course of the experiment, suggesting that metals re-adsorb to ash. Our results suggest that the dissolution of metal-bearing carbonate and oxide phases in ash and metal re-adsorption to ash are relevant processes affecting water chemistry after wildfire events. These results have important implications to better understand the impact of wildfire events on water quality. PMID:27457586

  13. Understanding the Role of Water on Electron-Initiated Processes and Radical Chemistry

    Garrett, Bruce C [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Colson, Steven D [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Dixon, David A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Laufer, Allan H [US Department of Energy Office of Science Office of Basic Energy Sciences; Ray, Douglas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)


    On September 26–28, 2002, a workshop entitled “Understanding the Role of Water on Electron-Initiated Processes and Radical Chemistry” was held to assess new research opportunities in electron-driven processes and radical chemistry in aqueous systems. Of particular interest was the unique and complex role that the structure of water plays in influencing these processes. Novel experimental and theoretical approaches to solving long-standing problems in the field were explored. A broad selection of participants from universities and the national laboratories contributed to the workshop, which included scientific and technical presentations and parallel sessions for discussions and report writing.

  14. Hydrogen chloride heterogeneous chemistry on frozen water particles in subsonic aircraft plume. Laboratory studies and modelling

    Persiantseva, N.V.; Popovitcheva, O.B.; Rakhimova, T.V. [Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)


    Heterogeneous chemistry of HCl, as a main reservoir of chlorine content gases, has been considered after plume cooling and ice particle formation. The HCl, HNO{sub 3}, N{sub 2}O{sub 5} uptake efficiencies by frozen water were obtained in a Knudsen-cell flow reactor at the subsonic cruise conditions. The formation of ice particles in the plume of subsonic aircraft is simulated to describe the kinetics of gaseous HCl loss due to heterogeneous processes. It is shown that the HCl uptake by frozen water particles may play an important role in the gaseous HCl depletion in the aircraft plume. (author) 14 refs.

  15. Steam water cycle chemistry of liquid metal cooled innovative nuclear power reactors

    selection of chemistry controls is vital for NPPs with liquid metal cooled reactors. This paper highlights principles and approaches to chemistry controls in steam/water cycles of future NPPs with innovative liquid metal cooled reactors. The recommendations on how to arrange chemistry controls in steam/water cycles of future NPPs with innovative liquid metal cooled reactors are based taking into account: - the experience with operation of fossil power industry; - secondary side water chemistry of lead-bismuth eutectics cooled nuclear reactors at submarines; - steam/water cycles of NPPs with sodium cooled fast breeders BN-350 and BN-600; - secondary water chemistry at conventional NPPs with WER, RBMK and some other reactors. (authors)

  16. Investigating the pore-water chemistry effects on the volume change behaviour of Boom clay

    The Essen site has been chosen as an alternative site for nuclear waste disposal in Belgium. The soil formation involved at this site is the same as at Mol site: Boom clay. However, owing to its geographical situation closer to the sea, Boom clay at Essen presents a pore water salinity 4-5 times higher than Boom clay at Mol. This study aims at studying the effects of pore water salinity on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of Boom clay. Specific odometer cells were used allowing 'flushing' the pore water in soil specimen by synthetic pore water or distilled water. The synthetic pore water used was prepared with the chemistry as that for the site water: 5.037 g/L for core Ess83 and 5.578 g/L for core Ess96. Mechanical loading was then carried out on the soil specimen after flushing. The results show that water salinity effect on the liquid limit is negligible. The saturation or pore water replacement under the in situ effective stress of 2.4 MPa does not induce significant volume change. For Ess83, hydro-mechanical behaviour was found to be slightly influenced by the water salinity; on the contrary, no obvious effect was identified on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of Ess96. This can be attributed to the higher smectite content in Ess83 than in Ess96. (authors)

  17. Investigating the pore-water chemistry effects on the volume change behaviour of Boom clay

    Deng, Y. F.; Cui, Y. J.; Tang, A. M.; Nguyen, X. P.; Li, X. L.; Van Geet, M.

    The Essen site has been chosen as an alternative site for nuclear waste disposal in Belgium. The soil formation involved at this site is the same as at Mol site: Boom clay. However, owing to its geographical situation closer to the sea, Boom clay at Essen presents a pore water salinity 4-5 times higher than Boom clay at Mol. This study aims at studying the effects of pore water salinity on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of Boom clay. Specific oedometer cells were used allowing “flushing” the pore water in soil specimen by synthetic pore water or distilled water. The synthetic pore water used was prepared with the chemistry as that for the site water: 5.037 g/L for core Ess83 and 5.578 g/L for core Ess96. Mechanical loading was then carried out on the soil specimen after flushing. The results show that water salinity effect on the liquid limit is negligible. The saturation or pore water replacement under the in situ effective stress of 2.4 MPa does not induce significant volume change. For Ess83, hydro-mechanical behaviour was found to be slightly influenced by the water salinity; on the contrary, no obvious effect was identified on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of Ess96. This can be attributed to the higher smectite content in Ess83 than in Ess96.

  18. Evolution of water chemistry during Marcellus Shale gas development: A case study in West Virginia.

    Ziemkiewicz, Paul F; Thomas He, Y


    Hydraulic fracturing (HF) has been used with horizontal drilling to extract gas and natural gas liquids from source rock such as the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin. Horizontal drilling and HF generates large volumes of waste water known as flowback. While inorganic ion chemistry has been well characterized, and the general increase in concentration through the flowback is widely recognized, the literature contains little information relative to organic compounds and radionuclides. This study examined the chemical evolution of liquid process and waste streams (including makeup water, HF fluids, and flowback) in four Marcellus Shale gas well sites in north central West Virginia. Concentrations of organic and inorganic constituents and radioactive isotopes were measured to determine changes in waste water chemistry during shale gas development. We found that additives used in fracturing fluid may contribute to some of the constituents (e.g., Fe) found in flowback, but they appear to play a minor role. Time sequence samples collected during flowback indicated increasing concentrations of organic, inorganic and radioactive constituents. Nearly all constituents were found in much higher concentrations in flowback water than in injected HF fluids suggesting that the bulk of constituents originate in the Marcellus Shale formation rather than in the formulation of the injected HF fluids. Liquid wastes such as flowback and produced water, are largely recycled for subsequent fracturing operations. These practices limit environmental exposure to flowback. PMID:25957035

  19. Hydrogen water chemistry for BWRs: A status report on the EPRI development program

    Many boiling water reactors (BWRs) have experienced extensive intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) in their austenitic stainless steel reactor coolant system piping, resulting in serious adverse impacts on plant capacity factors, operating and maintenance costs, and personnel radiation exposures. A major research program to provide remedies for BWR pipe cracking was funded by Electric Power Research Institute, General Electric, and the BWR Owners Group for IGSCC Research between 1979 and 1988. Results from this program show that the likelihood of IGSCC depends on reactor water chemistry (particularly on the concentrations of ionic impurities and oxidizing radiolysis products) as well as on material condition and the level of tensile stress. Tests have demonstrated that the concentration of oxidizing radiolysis products in the recirculating reactor water of a BWR can be reduced substantially by injecting hydrogen into the feedwater. Recent plant data show that the use of hydrogen injection can reduce the rate of IGSCC to insignificant levels if the concentration of ionic impurities in the reactor water is kept sufficiently low. This approach to the control of BWR pipe cracking is called hydrogen water chemistry (HWC). This paper presents a review of the results of EPRI's HWC development program from 1980 to the present. In addition, plans for additional work to investigate the feasibility of adapting HWC to protect the BWR vessel and major internal components from potential stress corrosion cracking problems are summarized

  20. Complexes and clusters of water relevant to atmospheric chemistry: H2O complexes with oxidants.

    Sennikov, Petr G; Ignatov, Stanislav K; Schrems, Otto


    Experimental observations and data from quantum chemical calculations on complexes between water molecules and small, oxygen-containing inorganic species that play an important role as oxidants in the atmosphere (O(1D), O(3P), O2(X3sigmag), O2(b1sigmag+), O3, HO, HOO, HOOO, and H2O2) are reviewed, with emphasis on their structure, hydrogen bonding, interaction energies, thermodynamic parameters, and infrared spectra. In recent years, weakly bound complexes containing water have increasingly attracted scientific attention. Water in all its phases is a major player in the absorption of solar and terrestrial radiation. Thus, complexes between water and other atmospheric species may have a perceivable influence on the radiative balance and contribute to the greenhouse effect, even though their concentrations are low. In addition, they can play an important role in the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, particularly in the oxidation of trace gases. Apart from gas-phase complexes, the interactions of oxidants with ice surfaces have also received considerable advertency lately due to their importance in the chemistry of snow, ice clouds, and ice surfaces (e.g., ice shields in polar regions). In paleoclimate--respectively paleoenvironmental--studies, it is essential to understand the transfer processes from the atmosphere to the ice surface. Consequently, special attention is being paid here to the intercomparison of the properties of binary complexes and the complexes and clusters of more complicated compositions, including oxidants adsorbed on ice surfaces, where ice is considered a kind of large water cluster. Various facts concerning the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere (concentration profiles and possible influence on radical reactions in the atmosphere) are discussed. PMID:15799459

  1. Relationships between precipitation and surface water chemistry in three Carolina bays

    Carolina Bays are shallow freshwater wetlands, the only naturally occurring lentic systems on the southeastern coastal plain. Bays are breeding sites for many amphibian species, but data on precipitation/surface water relationships and long-term chemical trends are lacking. Such data are essential to interpret major fluctuations in amphibian populations. Surface water and bulk precipitation were sampled bi-weekly for over two years at three bays along a 25 km transect on the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Precipitation chemistry was similar at all sites; average pH was 4.56, and the major ions were H+ (30.8 % of total), and SO4 (50.3% of total). H+ was positively correlated with SO4, suggesting the importance of anthropogenic acids to precipitation chemistry. All three bays, Rainbow Bay (RB), Thunder Bay (TB), and Ellenton Bay (EB), contained soft (specific conductivity 5--90 microS/cm), acidic water (pH 4.0--5.9) with DOM from 4--40 mg/L. The major cation for RB, TB, and EB, respectively, was: Mg (30.8 % of total); Na (27% of total); and Ca (34.2% of total). DOM was the major anion for all bays, and SO4 represented 13 to 28 % of total anions. H+ was not correlated to DOM or SO, in RB; H+ was positively correlated to DOM and SO4 in TB, and negatively correlated to DOM and SO4 in EB. Different biogeochemical processes probably control pH and other chemical variables in each bay. While surface water H+ was not directly correlated with precipitation H+, NO3, or SO4, precipitation and shallow groundwater are dominant water sources for these bays. Atmospheric inputs of anthropogenic acids and other chemicals are important factors influencing bay chemistry

  2. Water Chemistry and Clad Corrosion/Deposition Including Fuel Failures. Proceedings of a Technical Meeting

    Corrosion is a principal life limiting degradation mechanism in nuclear steam supply systems, particularly taking into account the trends in increasing fuel burnup, thermal ratings and cycle length. Further, many plants have been operating with varying water chemistry regimes for many years, and issues of crud (deposition of corrosion products on other surfaces in the primary coolant circuit) are of significant concern for operators. At the meeting of the Technical Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology (TWGFPT) in 2007, it was recommended that a technical meeting be held on the subject of water chemistry and clad corrosion and deposition, including the potential consequences for fuel failures. This proposal was supported by both the Technical Working Group on Advanced Technologies for Light Water Reactors (TWG-LWR) and the Technical Working Group on Advanced Technologies for Heavy Water Reactors (TWG-HWR), with a recommendation to hold the meeting at the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company ENERGOATOM, Ukraine. This technical meeting was part of the IAEA activities on water chemistry, which have included a series of coordinated research projects, the most recent of which, Optimisation of Water Chemistry to Ensure Reliable Water Reactor Fuel Performance at High Burnup and in Ageing Plant (FUWAC) (IAEATECDOC-1666), concluded in 2010. Previous technical meetings were held in Cadarache, France (1985), Portland, Oregon, USA (1989), Rez, Czech Republic (1993), and Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic (1998). This meeting focused on issues associated with the corrosion of fuel cladding and the deposition of corrosion products from the primary circuit onto the fuel assembly, which can cause overheating and cladding failure or lead to unplanned power shifts due to boron deposition in the clad deposits. Crud deposition on other surfaces increases radiation fields and operator dose and the meeting considered ways to minimize the generation of crud to avoid


    We compared the use of ternary and bivariate diagrams to distinguish the effects of atmospheric precipitation, rock weathering, and evaporation on inland surface and subsurface water chemistry. The three processes could not be statistically differentiated using bivariate models e...

  4. Developments of water chemistry management in the Fugen Nuclear Power Station

    With regards to the chemistry control of reactor coolant, a water chemistry control technique, which mainly aims to confirm and maintain the integrity of reactor construction material including fuel clad and aims to lower the exposure dose, has been adopted at Fugen NPS just like other LWRs. Fugen applied hydrogen injection from 1985 for the first time in Japan, until its operational termination, as a countermeasure against stress corrosion cracking with equipment and piping of reactor coolant system. Additionally, Fugen implemented full system chemical decontamination for the reactor coolant system in 1989 as a measure to reduce the dose of radiation to which workers are exposed. However, re-contamination was recognized and zinc injection was introduced as a technology to suppress the re-contamination. Zinc injection was carried out to the reactor coolant system from 1999, just after the third chemical decontamination of Fugen NPS. The establishment of these water chemistry control techniques ensured the suppression of stress corrosion cracking of the reactor coolant system. At the same time, it reduced the dose of radiation to which workers who are engaged in the periodical inspection outage at Fugen NPS are exposed. (author)

  5. Long-term changes in water and soil chemistry in spruce and beech forests, Solling, Germany

    Wesselink, L.G.; Meiwes, K.-J.; Matzner, E.; Stein, A. [Agricultural University Wageningen, Wageningen (Netherlands). Dept. of Soil Science and Geology


    With declining sulfur emissions in western Europe, the degree and time scales of reversibility of soil and freshwater acidification are of major interest. We analyzed long-term changes (1969-1991) in the chemistry of bulk precipitation, throughfall water, soil water, and exchangeable base cations in a beech and a spruce forest in Solling, Germany. Time trends in dissolved and exchangeable pools of base cations in the soils were compared with simulations from a simple mechanistic soil chemistry model to identify the processes controlling long-term changes in soil chemistry. In the early 1970s, profound acidification occurred in the spruce and beech soils due to increasing concentrations of dissolved SO{sub 4}. After 1976, atmospheric deposition of SO{sub 4} decreased significantly as a result of reduced industrial emission. Nevertheless, acidification continued in the spruce soil due to declining atmospheric inputs of Ca and Mg and continuously high dissolved SO{sub 4} in the soil. In the beech soil, with lower deposition levels, smaller declines of base cation deposition and a more diluted soil solution, reduced atmospheric inputs of SO{sub 4} in the 1980s started off a recovery of the soil`s base saturation. 23 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Bulgarian Experience with the Implementation of 235U Higher Enriched Fuel in WWER-1000 (Water Chemistry Aspects)

    Water chemistry and radiochemistry plant data from the WWER-1000 Units in NPP Kozloduy confirm that a realistic way for satisfactory implementation of 235U high enriched (up to 4.3%) fuel has been found. The main requirements are: implementation of solid neutron burnable absorbers; application of corrosion resistant fuel cladding; and the maintenance of suitable coolant water chemistry. The implementation at NPP Kozloduy is described. (author)

  7. Optimization of Water Chemistry to Ensure Reliable Water Reactor Fuel Performance at High Burnup and in Ageing Plant (FUWAC). Additional Information

    This report presents the results of the Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on Optimization of Water Chemistry to Ensure Reliable Water Reactor Fuel Performance at High Burnup and in Ageing Plants (FUWAC, 2006-2009). It provides an overview of the results of the investigations into the current state of water chemistry practice and concerns in the primary circuit of water cooled power reactors including: corrosion of primary circuit materials; deposit composition and thickness on the fuel; crud induced power shift; fuel oxide growth and thickness; radioactivity buildup in the reactor coolant system (RCS). The FUWAC CRP is a follow-up to the DAWAC CRP (Data Processing Technologies and Diagnostics for Water Chemistry and Corrosion Control in Nuclear Power Plants 2001-2005). The DAWAC project improved the data processing technologies and diagnostics for water chemistry and corrosion control in nuclear power plants (NPPs). With the improved methods for controlling and monitoring water chemistry now available, it was felt that a review of the principles of water chemistry management should be undertaken in the light of new materials, more onerous operating conditions, emergent issues such as CIPS, also known as axial offset anomaly (AOA) and the ageing of operating power plant. In the framework of this CRP, water chemistry specialists from 16 nuclear utilities and research organizations, representing 15 countries, exchanged experimental and operational data, models and insights into water chemistry management. This CD-ROM attached to the printed IAEA-TECDOC includes the report itself, detailed progress reports of three Research Coordination Meetings (RCMs) (Annexes I-III) and the reports and presentations made during the project by the participants.

  8. Shippingport Atomic Power Station steam generator tube damage and water chemistry control (1965--1975)

    The four stainless steel tubed steam generators in the Shippingport Atomic Power Station were replaced in 1964 with larger, horizontal, NiCrFe Alloy 600 tubed units consistent with a power uprating of the plant. Each of the four Alloy 600 tubed units experienced tube leakage attributed to corrosion by water treatment chemicals (sodium phosphates) which concentrated locally on the tubes in inadequately flushed crevices. Corrective and preventive actions include tube plugging, flow blockage, conversion to all-volatile (hydrazine-morpholine) chemistry and replacement of the two steam generators with the straight tube design. Eddy current inspection after four years of all-volatile chemistry use showed a diminished rate of crevice corrosion and no tube denting

  9. Changing carbonate chemistry in ocean waters surrounding coral reefs in the CMIP5 ensemble

    Ricke, K.; Schneider, K.; Cao, L.; Caldeira, K.


    Coral reefs comprise some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Today they are threatened by a number of stressors, including pollution, bleaching from global warming and ocean acidification. In this study, we focus on the implications of ocean acidification for the open ocean chemistry surrounding coral reefs. We use results from 13 Earth System Models included in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CMIP5) to examine the changing aragonite saturations (Ωa) of open ocean waters surrounding approximately 6,000 coral reefs. These 13 Earth System Models participating in CMIP5 each have interactive ocean biogeochemistry models that output state variables including DIC, alkalinity, SST, and salinity. Variation in these values were combined with values from the GLODAP database to calculate aragonite, the form of calcium carbonate that corals use to make their skeletons. We used reef locations from ReefBase that were within one degree (in latitude or longitude) of water masses represented both in the GLODAP database and in the climate models. Carbonate chemistry calculations were performed by Dr. James C. Orr (IPSL) as part of a separate study. We find that in preindustrial times, 99.9 % of coral reefs were located in regions of the ocean with aragonite saturations of 3.5 or more. The saturation threshold for viable reef ecosystems in uncertain, but the pre-industrial distribution of water chemistry surrounding coral reefs may nevertheless provide some indication of viability. We examine the fate of coral reefs in the context of several potential aragonite saturation thresholds, i.e., when Ωa_crit equals 3, 3.25, or 3.5. We show that under a business-as-usual scenario Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5, the specific value of Ωa_crit does not affect the long-term fate of coral reefs -- by the end of the 21st century, no coral reef considered is surrounded by water with Ωa> 3. However, under scenarios with significant CO2 emissions

  10. Electrochemical corrosion of zircaloys under irradiation and different water chemistry conditions

    Shadow corrosion is observed in BWRs either on fuel cladding in contact with Inconel spacers or on channel in close proximity to 304 SS control blades. In order to understand the shadow corrosion mechanism, electrochemical corrosion behavior of Zircaloy-2, Alloy X-750 and 304 SS were previously investigated under UV radiation and published previously. In this study, effects of radiation (up to 300 keV photons) and water chemistry on the electrochemical corrosion behavior of Zircaloy-2, Alloy X-750, and 304 SS were investigated. Measurements of corrosion potential, galvanic corrosion and electrochemical impedance were carried out in 0.01M Na2SO4 at 25degC under UV illumination at 5 eV or photon energies from 2.5 keV to 300 keV using synchrotron radiation. Also, similar measurements were performed in high purity water under various water chemistry conditions at 290degC - 300degC by using UV illumination. The results show that the presence of radiation shifted the corrosion potential of Zircaloy-2 and Alloy X-750 in the anodic or cathodic direction, respectively, and increased anodic currents when Zircaloy-2 was galvanically coupled with Alloy X-750 in 0.01M Na2SO4 at 25degC, may cause accelerated corrosion of Zircaloy-2. In addition, the results showed that hydrogen peroxide increased the electrochemical kinetics at Zircaloy-2 surface in high temperature water under UV irradiation. (author)