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  1. Gamma Attribute Measurements - Pu300, Pu600, Pu900

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    Gamma rays are ideal probes for the determination of information about the special nuclear material that is in the transparency regime. Gamma rays are good probes because they interact relatively weakly with the containers that surround the SNM under investigation. In addition, gamma rays carry a great deal of information about the material under investigation. We have leveraged these two characteristics to develop three technologies that have proven useful for the measurements of various attributes of plutonium. These technologies are Pu-300, Pu-600 and Pu-900. These technologies obtain the age, isotopics and presence/absence of oxide of a plutonium sample, respectively. Pu-300 obtains the time since the last 241Am separation for a sample of plutonium. This is accomplished by looking at the 241Am/241pu ratio in the energy region from 330-350 keV, hence the name Pu-300. Pu-600 determines the isotopics of the plutonium sample under consideration. More specifically, it determines the 240Pu/239Pu ratio to determine if the plutonium sample is of weapons quality or not. This analysis is carded out in the energy region from 630-670 keV. Pu-900 determines the absence of PuO2 by searching for a peak at 870.7 keV. If this peak is absent then there is no oxide in the sample. This peak arises from the de-excitation of the first excited state of 17O. The assumption being made is that this state is populated by means of the 17O(α,α') reaction. The first excited state of 17O could also be populated by means of the 14N(α,p) reaction, which might indicate that this is not a good signature for the absence of PuO2, however in the samples we have measured this peak is visible in oxide samples and is absent in other samples. In this paper we will discuss the physics details of these technologies and also present results of various measurements

  2. Pu-239 and Pu-240 inventories and Pu-240/ Pu-239 atom ratios in the water column off Sanriku, Japan.

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    Yamada, Masatoshi; Zheng, Jian; Aono, Tatsuo

    2013-04-01

    A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred in the Pacific Ocean off northern Honshu, Japan, on 11 March 2011 which caused severe damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. This accident has resulted in a substantial release of radioactive materials to the atmosphere and ocean, and has caused extensive contamination of the environment. However, no information is available on the amounts of radionuclides such as Pu isotopes released into the ocean at this time. Investigating the background baseline concentration and atom ratio of Pu isotopes in seawater is important for assessment of the possible contamination in the marine environment. Pu-239 (half-life: 24,100 years), Pu-240 (half-life: 6,560 years) and Pu-241 (half-life: 14.325 years) mainly have been released into the environment as the result of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. The atom ratio of Pu-240/Pu-239 is a powerful fingerprint to identify the sources of Pu in the ocean. The Pu-239 and Pu-240 inventories and Pu-240/Pu-239 atom ratios in seawater samples collected in the western North Pacific off Sanriku before the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant will provide useful background baseline data for understanding the process controlling Pu transport and for distinguishing additional Pu sources. Seawater samples were collected with acoustically triggered quadruple PVC sampling bottles during the KH-98-3 cruise of the R/V Hakuho-Maru. The Pu-240/Pu-239 atom ratios were measured with a double-focusing SF-ICP-MS, which was equipped with a guard electrode to eliminate secondary discharge in the plasma and to enhance overall sensitivity. The Pu-239 and Pu-240 concentrations were 2.07 and 1.67 mBq/m3 in the surface water, respectively, and increased with depth; a subsurface maximum was identified at 750 m depth, and the concentrations decreased with depth, then increased at the bottom layer. The total Pu-239+240 inventory in the entire water column (depth interval 0

  3. Comparison of evaluations for 235U, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu and 242Pu with integral measurements

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    The evaluations for 235U, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu and 242Pu are considered. Intercomparison is made of the neutron cross section data from INDL/A, ENDL-84, ENDF/B-5 and ENDF/B-6 (where applicable). Integral measurements of the spectrum averaged cross sections are compared to the values derived from evaluated data libraries. (author). 40 refs, 49 figs, 11 tabs

  4. Phase investigations of the Pu-Pt, Pu-Rh, and Pu-Pt-Rh systems

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    Phase and crystal structure studies performed on the Pu-Pt, Pu-Rh, and Pu-Pt-Rh systems are described. The techniques employed included metallography, X-ray diffraction, and an electron microprobe. Results of these studies are correlated with previous work to obtain phase diagrams for these three systems. Previously unreported PuPtsub(3-kappa) and PuPtsub(3-kappa) polymorphs and a new PuPt4 phase were identified. Eutectic points in the Pu-Pt and Pu-Rh systems were determined at 89.9 at%Pt and 84.5 at%Rh, respectively. No low melting eutectic alloys or ternary compounds were observed in the Pu-Pt-Rh system. Crystal structures determined by X-ray diffraction measurements were as follows: PuPt5 (hexagonal, P 6/mmm, CaCu5-type); PuPt4 (orthorhombic, Cmmm); and PuPtsub(3-kappa) (BC tetragonal, DOsub(e), PNi3-type). (Auth.)

  5. Elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Soderlind, P; Landa, A; Klepeis, J E; Suzuki, Y; Migliori, A

    2010-01-05

    We present elastic properties, theoretical and experimental, of Pu metal and Pu-Ga ({delta}) alloys together with ab initio equilibrium equation-of-state for these systems. For the theoretical treatment we employ density-functional theory in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation for the alloys. Pu and Pu-Ga alloys are also investigated experimentally using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from {alpha} {yields} {beta} {yields} {gamma} plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f-electron correlation (localization). For the {delta}-Pu-Ga alloys we find a softening with larger Ga content, i.e., atomic volume, bulk modulus, and elastic constants, suggest a weakened chemical bonding with addition of Ga. Our measurements confirm qualitatively the theory but uncertainties remain when comparing the model with experiments.

  6. Elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Söderlind, Per; Landa, Alex; Klepeis, J. E.; Suzuki, Y.; Migliori, A.

    2010-06-01

    We present elastic properties, theoretical and experimental, of Pu metal and Pu-Ga (δ) alloys together with ab initio equilibrium equation of state for these systems. For the theoretical treatment we employ density-functional theory in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation for the alloys. Pu and Pu-Ga alloys are also investigated experimentally using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from α→β→γ plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f -electron correlation and a corresponding softening of the elastic moduli. For the δ-Pu-Ga alloys we find a softening with larger Ga content, i.e., atomic volume, bulk modulus, and elastic constants imply a weakened chemical bonding with addition of Ga. Our measurements confirm qualitatively the theory but uncertainties remain when comparing the model with experiments.

  7. Designing Pu600 for Authentication

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    White, G

    2008-07-10

    Many recent Non-proliferation and Arms Control software projects include an authentication component. Demonstrating assurance that software and hardware performs as expected without hidden 'back-doors' is crucial to a project's success. In this context, 'authentication' is defined as determining that the system performs only its intended purpose and performs that purpose correctly and reliably over many years. Pu600 is a mature software solution for determining the presence of Pu and the ratio of Pu240 to Pu239 by analyzing the gamma ray spectra in the 600 KeV region. The project's goals are to explore hardware and software technologies which can by applied to Pu600 which ease the authentication of a complete, end-to-end solution. We will discuss alternatives and give the current status of our work.

  8. Designing Pu600 for Authentication

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    Many recent Non-proliferation and Arms Control software projects include an authentication component. Demonstrating assurance that software and hardware performs as expected without hidden 'back-doors' is crucial to a project's success. In this context, 'authentication' is defined as determining that the system performs only its intended purpose and performs that purpose correctly and reliably over many years. Pu600 is a mature software solution for determining the presence of Pu and the ratio of Pu240 to Pu239 by analyzing the gamma ray spectra in the 600 KeV region. The project's goals are to explore hardware and software technologies which can by applied to Pu600 which ease the authentication of a complete, end-to-end solution. We will discuss alternatives and give the current status of our work

  9. Plutonium isotopes 238Pu, 239+240Pu, 241Pu and 240Pu/239Pu atomic ratios in the southern Baltic Sea ecosystem

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    Dagmara I. Strumińska-Parulska

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper summarizes the results of plutonium findings in atmospheric fallout samples and marine samples from the southern Baltic Sea during our research in 1986-2007. The activities of 238Pu and 239+240Pu isotopes were measured with an alpha spectrometer. The activities of 241Pu were calculated indirectly by 241Am activity measurements 16-18 years after the Chernobyl accident. The 240Pu/239Pu atomic ratios were measured using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS. The 241Pu activities indicate that the main impact of the Chernobyl accident was on the plutonium concentration in the components of the Baltic Sea ecosystem examined in this work. The highest 241Pu/239+240Pu activity ratio was found in sea water (140 ± 33. The AMS measurements of atmospheric fallout samples collected during 1986 showed a significant increase in the 240Pu/239Pu atomic ratio from 0.29 ± 0.04 in March 1986 to 0.47 ± 0.02 in April 1986.

  10. Redox equilibria of Pu4+/Pu3+ and PuO22+/Pu4+ couples in molten NaCl-CsCl eutectic as measured by absorption spectrophotometry

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    In order to enhance the understanding of redox reactions of plutonium ions in molten NaCl-CsCl eutectic, absorption spectrophotometry was performed for Pu3+, Pu4+, and PuO22+ in molten NaCl-CsCl at 923 K by controlling the flow-rate ratio of Cl2 and Ar or O2 in the ventilating mixture gas. Based upon the relations of the measured rest potentials to the concentration ratios of [Pu4+]/[Pu3+] and [PuO22+]/[Pu4+], the redox potentials of Pu4+/Pu3+ and PuO22+/Pu4+ couples in molten NaCl-CsCl eutectic at 923 K were estimated. (orig.)

  11. Determination of plutonium isotopes (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu) in environmental samples using radiochemical separation combined with radiometric and mass spectrometric measurements

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    Xu, Yihong; Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin;

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports an analytical method for the determination of plutonium isotopes (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu) in environmental samples using anion exchange chromatography in combination with extraction chromatography for chemical separation of Pu. Both radiometric methods (liquid scintillation......, this is critical for the measurement of plutonium isotopes using mass spectrometric technique. Although the chemical yield of Pu in the entire procedure is about 55%, the analytical results of IAEA soil 6 and IAEA-367 in this work are in a good agreement with the values reported in the literature or reference...... values, revealing that the developed method for plutonium determination in environmental samples is reliable. The measurement results of 239+240Pu by alpha spectrometry agreed very well with the sum of 239Pu and 240Pu measured by ICP-MS. ICP-MS can not only measure 239Pu and 240Pu separately but also 241...

  12. Pu Anion Exchange Process Intensification

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    Taylor-Pashow, K. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-08

    This project seeks to improve the efficiency of the plutonium anion-exchange process for purifying Pu through the development of alternate ion-exchange media. The objective of the project in FY15 was to develop and test a porous foam monolith material that could serve as a replacement for the current anion-exchange resin, Reillex® HPQ, used at the Savannah River Site (SRS) for purifying Pu. The new material provides advantages in efficiency over the current resin by the elimination of diffusive mass transport through large granular resin beads. By replacing the large resin beads with a porous foam there is much more efficient contact between the Pu solution and the anion-exchange sites present on the material. Several samples of a polystyrene based foam grafted with poly(4-vinylpyridine) were prepared and the Pu sorption was tested in batch contact tests.

  13. Pu in coastal marine environments

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    Santschi, Peter H.; Li, Yuan-Hui; Bell, Joy J.; Trier, Robert M.; Kawtaluk, Kathy

    1980-12-01

    Analysis of water samples from the New York Bight area and Narragansett Bay reveals that a small fraction of the total Pu (probably Pu (III + IV) species) is continuously removed to the sediments at a rate similar to that of the particle-reactive isotope 228Th. A more "soluble" Pu species appears to be released at times from the sediments to the water column in these nearshore regions. Sediments in shallow areas of the New York Bight south of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay have high Pu inventories and relatively deep penetration of this element, although the net sediment accumulation rate is generally low (resuspension and sediment mixing are assumed to be the major controlling factors for the effective transfer of Pu from the water column to the sediments. By simultaneous modelling of the depth distribution of three tracers which operate on vastly different time scales: 234Th (half-life 24 days), 210Pb (half-life 22 years) and 239,240Pu (introduced into the environment during the past 30 years), bioturbation rates ranging from 4 to 32 cm 2/yr in the surface mixed layer (5-10 cm thick) and from 0.3 to 2.5 cm 2/yr in the layer below (up to 40 cm thick) and net sediment accumulation rates of approximately zero to 0.14 g/cm 2 yr were calculated for these areas.

  14. Program Pu Futures 2006

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    Fluss, M

    2006-06-12

    The coordination chemistry of plutonium remains relatively unexplored. Thus, the fundamental coordination chemistry of plutonium is being studied using simple multi-dentate ligands with the intention that the information gleaned from these studies may be used in the future to develop plutonium-specific sequestering agents. Towards this goal, hard Lewis-base donors are used as model ligands. Maltol, an inexpensive natural product used in the commercial food industry, is an ideal ligand because it is an all-oxygen bidentate donor, has a rigid structure, and is of small enough size to impose little steric strain, allowing the coordination preferences of plutonium to be the deciding geometric factor. Additionally, maltol is the synthetic precursor of 3,4-HOPO, a siderophore-inspired bidentate moiety tested by us previously as a possible sequestering agent for plutonium under acidic conditions. As comparisons to the plutonium structure, Ce(IV) complexes of the same and related ligands were examined as well. Cerium(IV) complexes serve as good models for plutonium(IV) structures because Ce(IV) has the same ionic radius as Pu(IV) (0.94 {angstrom}). Plutonium(IV) maltol crystals were grown out of a methanol/water solution by slow evaporation to afford red crystals that were evaluated at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Cerium(IV) complexes with maltol and bromomaltol were crystallized via slow evaporation of the mother liquor to afford tetragonal, black crystals. All three complexes crystallize in space group I4{sub 1}/a. The Ce(IV) complex is isostructural with the Pu(IV) complex, in which donating oxygens adopt a trigonal dodecahedral geometry around the metal with the maltol rings parallel to the crystallographic S{sub 4} axis and lying in a non-crystallographic mirror plane of D{sub 2d} molecular symmetry (Fig 1). The metal-oxygen bonds in both maltol complexes are equal to within 0.04 {angstrom

  15. Determination of plutonium isotopes (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu) in environmental samples using radiochemical separation combined with radiometric and mass spectrometric measurements.

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    Xu, Yihong; Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin; Pan, Shaoming; Roos, Per

    2014-02-01

    This paper reports an analytical method for the determination of plutonium isotopes ((238)Pu, (239)Pu, (240)Pu, (241)Pu) in environmental samples using anion exchange chromatography in combination with extraction chromatography for chemical separation of Pu. Both radiometric methods (liquid scintillation counting and alpha spectrometry) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) were applied for the measurement of plutonium isotopes. The decontamination factors for uranium were significantly improved up to 7.5 × 10(5) for 20 g soil compared to the level reported in the literature, this is critical for the measurement of plutonium isotopes using mass spectrometric technique. Although the chemical yield of Pu in the entire procedure is about 55%, the analytical results of IAEA soil 6 and IAEA-367 in this work are in a good agreement with the values reported in the literature or reference values, revealing that the developed method for plutonium determination in environmental samples is reliable. The measurement results of (239+240)Pu by alpha spectrometry agreed very well with the sum of (239)Pu and (240)Pu measured by ICP-MS. ICP-MS can not only measure (239)Pu and (240)Pu separately but also (241)Pu. However, it is impossible to measure (238)Pu using ICP-MS in environmental samples even a decontamination factor as high as 10(6) for uranium was obtained by chemical separation. PMID:24401459

  16. Determination of plutonium isotopes (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu) in environmental samples using radiochemical separation combined with radiometric and mass spectrometric measurements.

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    Xu, Yihong; Qiao, Jixin; Hou, Xiaolin; Pan, Shaoming; Roos, Per

    2014-02-01

    This paper reports an analytical method for the determination of plutonium isotopes ((238)Pu, (239)Pu, (240)Pu, (241)Pu) in environmental samples using anion exchange chromatography in combination with extraction chromatography for chemical separation of Pu. Both radiometric methods (liquid scintillation counting and alpha spectrometry) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) were applied for the measurement of plutonium isotopes. The decontamination factors for uranium were significantly improved up to 7.5 × 10(5) for 20 g soil compared to the level reported in the literature, this is critical for the measurement of plutonium isotopes using mass spectrometric technique. Although the chemical yield of Pu in the entire procedure is about 55%, the analytical results of IAEA soil 6 and IAEA-367 in this work are in a good agreement with the values reported in the literature or reference values, revealing that the developed method for plutonium determination in environmental samples is reliable. The measurement results of (239+240)Pu by alpha spectrometry agreed very well with the sum of (239)Pu and (240)Pu measured by ICP-MS. ICP-MS can not only measure (239)Pu and (240)Pu separately but also (241)Pu. However, it is impossible to measure (238)Pu using ICP-MS in environmental samples even a decontamination factor as high as 10(6) for uranium was obtained by chemical separation.

  17. Electronic Correlation Strength of Pu

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    Svane, A.; C. Albers, R.; E. Christensen, N.;

    2013-01-01

    A new electronic quantity, the correlation strength, is defined as a necessary step for understanding the properties and trends in strongly correlated electronic materials. As a test case, this is applied to the different phases of elemental Pu. Within the GW approximation we have surprisingly...

  18. PU Sizing Agent Sector Starts Reform

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    Wang Lei

    2007-01-01

    @@ Polyurethane (PU) sizing agent is a thermoplastic PU elastomer extensively used in synthetic leather, artificial deerskin and electrostatic flocking sectors. The drastic production and demand increase of synthetic leather in China in recent years has promoted rapid consumption growth of PU sizing agent.

  19. Economical Production of Pu-238

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    Steven D. Howe; Douglas Crawford; Jorge Navarro; Terry Ring

    2013-02-01

    All space exploration missions traveling beyond Jupiter must use radioisotopic power sources for electrical power. The best isotope to power these sources is plutonium-238. The US supply of Pu-238 is almost exhausted and will be gone within the next decade. The Department of Energy has initiated a production program with a $10M allocation from NASA but the cost is estimated at over $100 M to get to production levels. The Center for Space Nuclear Research has conceived of a potentially better process to produce Pu-238 earlier and for significantly less cost. The new process will also produce dramatically less waste. Potentially, the front end costs could be provided by private industry such that the government only had to pay for the product produced. Under a NASA Phase I NIAC grant, the CSNR has evaluated the feasibility of using a low power, commercially available nuclear reactor to produce at least 1.5 kg of Pu-238 per year. The impact on the neutronics of the reactor have been assessed, the amount of Neptunium target material estimated, and the production rates calculated. In addition, the size of the post-irradiation processing facility has been established. In addition, a new method for fabricating the Pu-238 product into the form used for power sources has been identified to reduce the cost of the final product. In short, the concept appears to be viable, can produce the amount of Pu-238 needed to support the NASA missions, can be available within a few years, and will cost significantly less than the current DOE program.

  20. On the phase behaviour of the Pu-Ru-C, Pu-Rh-C and Pu-Pd-C systems

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    The phase relations in the platinum metal rich regions of the Pu-Ru-C, Pu-RH-C and Pu-Pd-C systems have been investigated by experiments and are discussed. Ternary perovskite type carbides are observed; the existence, composition, structure and lattice parameters are in accordance with empirical relations obtained previously which are correlated with the reaction behaviour of the actinides within the carbide systems. Additional experiments in the U-Pu-Ru-Rh-Pd-C system reveal that the phase relations obtained in the ternary systems can be extrapolated only with limitations to the six-component system. (orig.)

  1. 241Pu in the biggest Polish rivers

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    Dagmara I. Strumińska-Parulska; Skwarzec, Bogdan

    2013-01-01

    In the paper the results of 241Pu activity concentration determination in the biggest Polish rivers are presented. The analysis of more than 100 river water samples showed the Vistula and the Odra as well as three Pomeranian Rivers are important sources of 241Pu in the southern Baltic Sea. There were differences in 241Pu activities depending on season and sampling site and the plutonium contamination came mainly from the global atmospheric fallout as well as the Chernobyl accident, which is c...

  2. Extinct 244Pu in Ancient Zircons

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    Turner, Grenville; Harrison, T. Mark; Holland, Greg; Mojzsis, Stephen J.; Gilmour, Jamie

    2004-10-01

    We have found evidence, in the form of fissiogenic xenon isotopes, for in situ decay of 244Pu in individual 4.1- to 4.2-billion-year-old zircons from the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Because of its short half-life, 82 million years, 244Pu was extinct within 600 million years of Earth's formation. Detrital zircons are the only known relics to have survived from this period, and a study of their Pu geochemistry will allow us to date ancient metamorphic events and determine the terrestrial Pu/U ratio for comparison with the solar ratio.

  3. Leukemogenesis in heterozygous PU.1 knockout mice.

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    Genik, Paula C; Vyazunova, Irina; Steffen, Leta S; Bacher, Jeffery W; Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle; McKercher, Scott; Ullrich, Robert L; Fallgren, Christina M; Weil, Michael M; Ray, F Andrew

    2014-09-01

    Most murine radiation-induced acute myeloid leukemias involve biallelic inactivation of the PU.1 gene, with one allele being lost through a radiation-induced chromosomal deletion and the other allele affected by a recurrent point mutation in codon 235 that is likely to be spontaneous. The short latencies of acute myeloid leukemias occurring in nonirradiated mice engineered with PU.1 conditional knockout or knockdown alleles suggest that once both copies of PU.1 have been lost any other steps involved in leukemogenesis occur rapidly. Yet, spontaneous acute myeloid leukemias have not been reported in mice heterozygous for a PU.1 knockout allele, an observation that conflicts with the understanding that the PU.1 codon 235 mutation is spontaneous. Here we describe experiments that show that the lack of spontaneous leukemia in PU.1 heterozygous knockout mice is not due to insufficient monitoring times or mouse numbers or the genetic background of the knockout mice. The results reveal that spontaneous leukemias that develop in mice of the mixed 129S2/SvPas and C57BL/6 background of knockout mice arise by a pathway that does not involve biallelic PU.1 mutation. In addition, the latency of radiation-induced leukemia in PU.1 heterozygous mice on a genetic background susceptible to radiation-induced leukemia indicates that the codon 235 mutation is not a rate-limiting step in radiation leukemogenesis driven by PU.1 loss.

  4. Probing the Pu4 + magnetic moment in PuF4 with 19F NMR spectroscopy

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    Capan, Cigdem; Dempsey, Richard J.; Sinkov, Sergey; McNamara, Bruce K.; Cho, Herman

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic fields produced by Pu4 + centers have been measured by 19F NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the Pu-F electronic interactions in polycrystalline PuF4. Spectra acquired at applied fields of 2.35 and 7.05 T reveal a linear scaling of the 19F line shape. A model is presented that treats the line broadening and shifts as due to dipolar fields produced by Pu valence electrons in localized noninteracting orbitals. Alternative explanations for the observed line shape involving covalent Pu-F bonding, superexchange interactions, and electronic configurations with enhanced magnetic moments are considered.

  5. MGA Analysis on Elevated 238 Pu Samples

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    Wang, T. F.; Moody, K. J.; Raschke, K. E.; Ruhter, W. D.

    2002-10-01

    Plutonium gamma-ray data analysis, in the 100-keV region, using MGA has been improved to overcome the original maximum limit of 2% 238Pu relative plutonium content in a sample in order to perform an analysis. MGA analysis results of elevated 238Pu samples are compared to the results from mass spectrometry.

  6. Sonochemical redox reactions of Pu(III) and Pu(IV) in aqueous nitric solutions.

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    Virot, Matthieu; Venault, Laurent; Moisy, Philippe; Nikitenko, Sergey I

    2015-02-14

    The behavior of Pu(iv) and Pu(iii) was investigated in aqueous nitric solutions under ultrasound irradiation (Ar, 20 kHz). In the absence of anti-nitrous reagents, ultrasound has no effect on Pu(iv), while Pu(iii) can be rapidly oxidized to Pu(iv) due to the autocatalytic formation of HNO(2) induced by HNO(3) sonolysis. In the presence of anti-nitrous reagents (sulfamic acid or hydrazinium nitrate), Pu(iv) can be sonochemically reduced to Pu(iii). The reduction follows a first order reaction law and leads to a steady state where Pu(iv) and Pu(iii) coexist in solution. The reduction process is attributed to the sonochemical generation of H(2)O(2) in solution. The kinetics attributed to the reduction of Pu(iv) are however higher than those related to the formation of H(2)O(2) which, after several hypotheses, is explained by the sonochemical erosion of the titanium-based sonotrode. Titanium particles thereby generated can be solubilized under ultrasound and generate Ti(iii) as an intermediate species, a strong reducing agent able to react with Pu(iv).

  7. Simultaneous measurement of 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, and 242Pu by high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HR ICP-MS) in marine sediments

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    Transuranics elements are of particular interest in radioecological studies because of their radiotoxicity and their potential use to decipher source fingerprints and transport processes. The simultaneous measurement of 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, and 242Pu in environmental samples requires a specific chemical procedure. This work deals with an analytical procedure which yields a very high grade of purification of Pu suitable for ultra low level detection by HR ICP-MS, from marine sediments. After the elimination of major elements (Fe, Al, Mg...) by a first chromatographic separation, a new device of purification by solvent extraction and concentration by a second chromatographic separation is used to obtain a concentrated and high purified solution of plutonium. The chemical procedure have been validated on IAEA certified sediment samples and on sediment samples collected in the roads of Cherbourg which had been previously analysed by other techniques (a spectrometry and thermo-ionisation mass spectrometer). (author)

  8. Study on Fluorescence Analytical Method of Micro Th in Pu

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    QIAN; Hong-juan; ZHANG; Li-hua; LIU; Huan-liang; FAN; De-jun

    2013-01-01

    As one of impurities,Th is needed to be determined for control quality of Pu product.Due to the high radioactivity and fatal toxicity of Pu,it is very difficult to measure the micro Th in Pu product.It is necessary to develop a sensitive method for determining the micro Th in Pu under the described harsh condition.

  9. The Spectroscopic Signature of Aging in (delta)-Pu(Ga)

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    Tobin, J G; Yu, S; Chung, B W

    2009-04-29

    The electronic structure of Pu is briefly discussed, with emphasis upon Aging effects. Photoelectron Spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy have contributed greatly to our improved understanding of Pu electronic structure. (See Figure 1.) From these and related measurements, the following has been determined: (1) The Pu 5f spin-orbit splitting is large; (2) The number of Pu5f electrons is 5; and (3) The Pu 5f spin-orbit splitting effect dominates 5f itineracy.

  10. Stability of DMHAN on 238Pu α-Radiolysis

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    WANG; Liang; HE; Hui; SONG; Peng

    2013-01-01

    238Pu was used asαliquid inside source(does rate:34.0 Gy·g-1·min-1)for the radiolysis of N,N-dimethylhydroxylamine(DMHAN).DMHAN can reduce Pu(Ⅳ)efficiently,in nitric acid solution,Pu should be trivalence while DMHAN exists.Characteristic wavelength of Pu(Ⅲ)and Pu(Ⅳ)in radiolysis

  11. Worldwide data on fluxes of 239,240Pu, 238Pu to the oceans

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    According to measurements (GEOSECS) the world's oceans contain approximately 16 PBq 239,240Pu, of which one-fourth is in the Atlantic and three-fourths in the Pacific Ocean. The expected inventory (from nuclear weapons testing) in the world's oceans is 12 PBq 239,240Pu including local fallout at the test sites. In the Irish Sea a local contamination of 0.3 PBq 239,240Pu from the Sellafield reprocessing plant resides in the sediments. No other sources than fallout and reprocessing add significantly to the 239,240Pu inventories in the oceans. The discrepancy between measurements and expectations are assumed to be due to an underestimate of the rainfall and dry fallout (seaspray) and thus of the Pu-deposition over the oceans, but may also to some degree be due to inadequate sampling

  12. Prompt fission γ -ray spectrum characteristics from 240Pu(sf ) and 242Pu(sf )

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    Oberstedt, S.; Oberstedt, A.; Gatera, A.; Göök, A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Moens, A.; Sibbens, G.; Vanleeuw, D.; Vidali, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we present first results for prompt fission γ -ray spectra (PFGS) characteristics from the spontaneous fission (sf) of 240Pu and 242Pu. For 242Pu(sf ) we obtained, after proper unfolding of the detector response, an average energy per photon ɛ¯γ=(0.843 ±0.012 ) MeV, an average multiplicity M¯γ=(6.72 ±0.07 ) , and an average total γ -ray energy release per fission E¯γ ,tot = (5.66 ± 0.06) MeV. The 240Pu(sf ) emission spectrum was obtained by applying a so-called detector-response transformation function determined from the 242Pu spectrum measured in exactly the same geometry. The results are an average energy per photon ɛ¯γ=(0.80 ±0.07 ) MeV, the average multiplicity M¯γ = (8.2 ± 0.4), and an average total γ -ray energy release per fission E¯γ ,tot = (6.6 ± 0.5) MeV. The PFGS characteristics for 242Pu(sf ) are in very good agreement with those from thermal-neutron-induced fission on 241Pu and scales well with the corresponding prompt neutron multiplicity. Our results in the case of 240Pu(sf ), although drawn from a limited number of events, show a significantly enhanced average multiplicity and average total energy, but may be understood from a different fragment yield distribution in 240Pu(sf ) compared to that of 242Pu(sf ).

  13. Sorption Distribution Coefficient of Pu (Ⅳ) and Pu (Ⅴ) in Sand Soil%Pu(Ⅳ)、Pu(Ⅴ)在不同质地砂土中的分配

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    于静; 司高华; 黄云贵; 刘东旭

    2011-01-01

    Pu(Ⅲ)、Pu(Ⅳ)、Pu(Ⅴ)和Pu(Ⅵ)在自然水的pH和Eh(氧化还原电势)值范围内能够共存.在自然环境中主要以Pu(Ⅴ)的PuO2(H2O)n+和Pu(Ⅳ)的Pu(OH)4形式存在.采用静态法测定了Pu(Ⅳ)和Pu(Ⅴ)在砂土介质中的分配系数Kd,Pu(Ⅳ)和Pu(Ⅴ)在砂土中的分配系数范围分别为5.5×103~4×104mL/g和3.2×103~1.1×104mL/g.表明在砂土介质中Pu(Ⅳ)的分配系数(Kd)大于Pu(Ⅴ)的,并且分配系数随砂土介质中粘土矿物含量的增加及介质颗粒粒径减小而增大.%Pu exists in four different oxidation states( Ⅲ ,Ⅳ, Ⅴ , Ⅵ) with in the Eh( Redox Potential) and pH ranges of natural environment. Pu( Ⅳ) in Pu( OH)4 form and Pu( Ⅴ ) in PuO2(H2O)n+ form are the dominant oxidation states under equilibrium conditions for groundwater compositions. The sorption distribution coefficients (Kd) of Pu (Ⅳ ) and Pu ( Ⅴ) in the sand soil were studied by batch experiments, Kd of Pu (Ⅳ) is about 5. 5 × 103 mL/g to 4 × 104 mL/g, Kd of Pu( Ⅴ) is 3. 2 × 103 mL/g to 1. 1 × 104 mL/g. In conclusion, Kd values of Pu( Ⅳ) in the sand soil were larger than those of Pu( Ⅴ ). Such distribution coefficients increase with the increase of amount of clay in sand soil and the decrease of particle size.

  14. Redefining design criteria for Pu-238 gloveboxes

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    Acosta, S.V.

    1998-12-31

    Enclosures for confinement of special nuclear materials (SNM) have evolved into the design of gloveboxes. During the early stages of glovebox technology, established practices and process operation requirements defined design criteria. Proven boxes that performed and met or exceeded process requirements in one group or area, often could not be duplicated in other areas or processes, and till achieve the same success. Changes in materials, fabrication and installation methods often only met immediate design criteria. Standardization of design criteria took a big step during creation of ``Special-Nuclear Materials R and D Laboratory Project, Glovebox standards``. The standards defined design criteria for every type of process equipment in its most general form. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) then and now has had great success with Pu-238 processing. However with ever changing Environment Safety and Health (ES and H) requirements and Ta-55 Facility Configuration Management, current design criteria are forced to explore alternative methods of glovebox design fabrication and installation. Pu-238 fuel processing operations in the Power Source Technologies Group have pushed the limitations of current design criteria. More than half of Pu-238 gloveboxes are being retrofitted or replaced to perform the specific fuel process operations. Pu-238 glovebox design criteria are headed toward process designed single use glovebox and supporting line gloveboxes. Gloveboxes that will house equipment and processes will support TA-55 Pu-238 fuel processing needs into the next century and extend glovebox expected design life.

  15. Knockdown of PU.1 AS lncRNA inhibits adipogenesis through enhancing PU.1 mRNA translation.

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    Pang, Wei-Jun; Lin, Li-Gen; Xiong, Yan; Wei, Ning; Wang, Yu; Shen, Qing-Wu; Yang, Gong-She

    2013-11-01

    PU.1 is an Ets family transcription factor involved in the myelo-lymphoid differentiation. We have previously demonstrated that PU.1 is also expressed in the adipocyte lineage. However, the expression levels of PU.1 mRNA and protein in preadipocytes do not match the levels in mature adipocytes. PU.1 mRNA level is higher in preadipocytes, whereas its protein is expressed in the adipocytes but not in the preadipocytes. The underlying mechanism remains elusive. Here, we find that miR-155 knockdown or overexpression has no effect on the levels of PU.1 mRNA and protein in preadipocytes or adipocytes. MiR-155 regulates adipogenesis not through PU.1, but via C/EBPβ which is another target of miR-155. We also checked the expression levels of PU.1 mRNA and antisense long non-coding RNA (AS lncRNA). Interestingly, compared with the level of PU.1 mRNA, the level of PU.1 AS lncRNA is much higher in preadipocytes, whereas it is opposite in the adipocytes. We further discover that PU.1 AS lncRNA binds to its mRNA forming an mRNA/AS lncRNA compound. The knockdown of PU.1 AS by siRNA inhibits adipogenesis and promotes PU.1 protein expression in both preadipocytes and adipocytes. Furthermore, the repression of PU.1 AS decreases the expression and secretion of adiponectin. We also find that the effect of retroviral-mediated PU.1 AS knockdown on adipogenesis is consistent with that of PU.1 AS knockdown by siRNA. Taken together, our results suggest that PU.1 AS lncRNA promotes adipogenesis through preventing PU.1 mRNA translation via binding to PU.1 mRNA to form mRNA/AS lncRNA duplex in preadipocytes.

  16. Presence of plutonium isotopes, {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu, in soils from Chile

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    Chamizo, E., E-mail: echamizo@us.es [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avda. Thomas Alba Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Garcia-Leon, M., E-mail: manugar@us.es [Departamento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda. Reina Mercedes sn, 41012 Seville (Spain); Peruchena, J.I., E-mail: jiperuchena@gmail.com [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avda. Thomas Alba Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Cereceda, F., E-mail: francisco.cereceda@usm.cl [Laboratorio de Quimica Ambiental, Centro de Tecnologias Ambientales (CETAM), Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Vidal, V., E-mail: victor.vidal@usm.cl [Laboratorio de Quimica Ambiental, Centro de Tecnologias Ambientales (CETAM), Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Pinilla, E., E-mail: epinilla@unex.es [Departamento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas sn, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Miro, C., E-mail: cmiro@unex.es [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de la Universidad sn, 10071 Caceres (Spain)

    2011-12-15

    Plutonium is present in every environmental compartment, due to a variety of nuclear activities. The Southern Hemisphere has received about 20% of the global {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu environmental inventory, with an important contribution of the so-called tropospheric fallout from both the atmospheric nuclear tests performed in the French Polynesia and in Australia by France and United Kingdom, respectively. In this work we provide new data on the impact of these tests to South America through the study of {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu in soils from different areas of Northern, Central and Southern Chile. The obtained results point out to the presence of debris from the French tests in the 20-40 Degree-Sign Southern latitude range, with {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratios quite heterogeneous and ranging from 0.02 to 0.23. They are significantly different from the expected one for the global fallout in the Southern Hemisphere for the 30-53 Degree-Sign S latitude range (0.185 {+-} 0.047), but they follow the same trend as the reported values by the Department of Energy of United States for other points with similar latitudes. The {sup 239+240}Pu activity inventories show as well a wider variability range in that latitude range, in agreement with the expected heterogeneity of the contamination.

  17. Oxidation behaviour of plutonium rich (U, Pu)C and (U, Pu)O2

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    Sali, S. K.; Kulkarni, N. K.; Phatak, Rohan; Agarwal, Renu

    2016-10-01

    Oxidation behaviour of (U0.3Pu0.7)C1.06 was investigated in air by heating samples up to 1073 K and 1273 K. Thermogravimetry (TG) of the samples and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) of the intermediate products were used to understand the phenomenon taking place during this process. Theoretical calculations were carried out to understand the multiple phase changes taking place during oxidation of carbide. Theoretical results were validated by XRD analysis of the products obtained at different stages of oxidation. The final oxidized products were found to be a single FCC phase with O/M = 2.15 (M = U + Pu). Oxidation kinetic studies of (U0.3Pu0.7)O2 and (U0.47Pu0.53)O2 were carried out in dry air, using thermogravimetry, under non-isothermal conditions. The activation energy of oxidation was found to be 49 and 70 kJ/mol, respectively. Lattice parameter dependence on Pu/M and O/M of plutonium rich mixed oxide (MOX) was established using combined results of XRD and TG analysis of (U0.3Pu0.7)O2+x and (U0.47Pu0.53)O2+x.

  18. Experimental Benchmarking of Pu Electronic Structure

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    Tobin, J.G.; Moore, K.T.; Chung, B.W.; Wall, M.A.; Schwartz, A.J.; Ebbinghaus, B.B.; Butterfield, M.T.; Teslich, Jr., N.E.; Bliss, R.A.; Morton, S.A.; Yu, S.W.; Komesu, T.; Waddill, G.D.; van der Laan, G.; Kutepov, A.L. (UMR-MUST); (LLNL)

    2008-10-30

    The standard method to determine the band structure of a condensed phase material is to (1) obtain a single crystal with a well defined surface and (2) map the bands with angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (occupied or valence bands) and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (unoccupied or conduction bands). Unfortunately, in the case of Pu, the single crystals of Pu are either nonexistent, very small and/or having poorly defined surfaces. Furthermore, effects such as electron correlation and a large spin-orbit splitting in the 5f states have further complicated the situation. Thus, we have embarked upon the utilization of unorthodox electron spectroscopies, to circumvent the problems caused by the absence of large single crystals of Pu with well-defined surfaces. Our approach includes the techniques of resonant photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, Fano Effect measurements, and Bremstrahlung Isochromat Spectroscopy, including the utilization of micro-focused beams to probe single-crystallite regions of polycrystalline Pu samples.

  19. Anomalous atomic volume of alpha-Pu

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    Kollar, J.; Vitos, Levente; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1997-01-01

    .3%. The comparison between the LDA and GGA results show that the anomalously large atomic volume of alpha-Pu relative to alpha-Np can be ascribed to exchange-correlation effects connected with the presence of low coordinated sites in the structure where the f electrons are close to the onset of localization...

  20. Discussion on the Sustainable Development of Pu'er Tea

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    SHAO Wan-fang; JIANG Xin-feng

    2011-01-01

    The current situation of Pu'er tea in Yunnan was analyzed. The analysis result showed that the production output of Yunnan tea and the tea plantation area increased greatly when compared with the whole country, but the increase of Pu'er tea inclined to be stable. The restraining factors of Pu'er tea development were explored, and the corresponding countermeasures were put forward. It provided the basis for the sustainable development of Yunnan Pu'er tea.

  1. Study and Application of Closed HOPG Diffractive EDXRF in Research of Pu Purification

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    2008-01-01

    <正>In the Pu purification research, the recovering of Pu is very important. So the Pu concentration in the tail solution must be strictly controlled to several μg/mL. To determine Pu concentration in the tail

  2. Entretien avec Aleksandr A. Puškin & Maria A. Puškinova

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    Katia Vandenborre

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available PrésentationAleksandr Puškin, le « soleil de la poésie russe », n’a jamais mis pied dans nos régions, mais c’est bien en Belgique que vivent ses deux descendants les plus directs : Aleksandr Aleksandrovič Puškin et son épouse Maria Aleksandrovna, lesquels s’efforcent de mieux faire connaître le nom de Puškin, notamment par le biais de la Fondation Internationale A. S. Pouchkine. Les époux Puškin ont eu la gentillesse de nous accueillir dans leur appartement bruxellois et de nous guider à trav...

  3. Investigation of single crystal zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO4 doped with Pu

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    Hanchar, J. M.; Burakov, B. E.; Anderson, E. B.; Zamoryanskaya, M. V.

    2003-04-01

    Zircon-based ceramics are under consideration as durable waste forms for immobilization of weapons grade plutonium and other actinide elements. Samples of polycrystalline zircon doped with 238Pu and 239Pu have been obtained in previous studies. These materials, however, are difficult to use for precise measurement of the leach-rate of Pu, and to accurately determine the level of Pu doping that can be attained in zircon, (Zr,Pu)SiO_4. Single crystals of 238Pu doped zircon (ranging from 0.3 to 3.5 mm in size) were successfully grown for the first time ever using a Li-Mo flux synthesis method. The incorporation of Pu ranged from 1.9 to 4.7 wt. % el. (with approximately 81 wt.% of 238Pu isotope) based on electron microprobe analysis. The zircon crystals were pinkish-brown when they were crystallized, and then over a period of five months changed to a brown color. After fourteen months the crystals turned to a brown-gray color. The zircon crystals glow in the dark probably from alpha particle induced luminescence. The intensity of the cathodoluminescence (CL) emission in the Pu doped crystals is correlated with the Pu content, and the CL emission showed no change 141 days after the initial CL measurements were made. Single crystal X-ray diffraction results obtained 141 days after synthesis indicate unit cell parameters (in angstroms): a = 6.6267(15), c = 5.9992(10) and a cell volume of 263.41(10). When the zircon crystals were grown, they were free of cracks. Over the course of five months cracks appeared throughout the crystals, and after fourteen months the cracks became much more abundant. The zircon crystals were transparent upon crystallization, and even with numerous cracks throughout the crystals remain transparent. Radiation damage calculations indicate that after only a short period of time, six months, these zircon crystals had already accumulated significant alpha-induced radiation damage (˜2.5 x1014 alpha-decay events per milligram). After five years they

  4. Contribution to the study of the upper valence states of Pu

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    The properties of the Pu(VI) and Pu(VII) ions in aqueous solutions were investigated: spectrophotometric study of the formation of PuO22+ complexes with hydroxyl ions; electrochemical study of PuO22+; preparation, determination and coprecipitation of Pu(VII); electrochemical study of Pu(VII). A preliminary research was made on the chemistry of Pu in non-aqueous solutions especially the dissolution and the determination of Pu in propylene carbonate

  5. Vertical distributions of radionuclides ((239+240)Pu, (240)Pu/(239)Pu, and (137)Cs) in sediment cores of Lake Bosten in Northwestern China.

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    Liao, Haiqing; Bu, Wenting; Zheng, Jian; Wu, Fengchang; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2014-04-01

    Artificial radionuclides ((137)Cs, (239+240)Pu, (241)Pu, (241)Am) deposited in lacustrine sediments have been used for dating as well as radionuclide source identification. In the present work, we investigated the vertical distributions of (239+240)Pu and (137)Cs activities, (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios, and (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios in sediment cores collected from Lake Bosten, which is the lake closest to the Lop Nor Chinese Nuclear Weapon Test site in northwestern China. Uniformly high concentrations of (239+240)Pu and (137)Cs were found in the upper layers deposited since 1964 in the sediment cores, and these were controlled by the resuspension of soil containing radionuclides from the nearby land surface. As the Chinese nuclear tests varied remarkably in yield, the mixing of the tropospheric deposition from these tests and the stratospheric deposition of global fallout has led to a (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratio that is similar to that of global fallout and to a (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratio that is slightly higher than that of global fallout. However, a low (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratio of 0.080 and high (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratio of 0.087, significantly different from the global fallout values, were observed in one sediment core (07BS10-2), indicating the inhomogenous tropospheric deposition from the Chinese nuclear tests in Lake Bosten during 1967-1973. These results are important to understand the influence of the CNTs on the radionuclide contamination in Lake Bosten.

  6. Prediction of thermodynamic property of Pu-zircon and Pu-pyrochlore

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    Xu, Hulfang; Wang, Yifeng

    2000-07-01

    Due to its high durability, zircon is often present as a heavy mineral in natural environments and is the oldest mineral that has been dated on the earth. There are four zircon structure phases of M4+SiO4 occurring in nature: zircon (ZrSiO4), hafnon (HfSiO4), thorite (ThSiO4), and coffinite (USiO4). These phases may form solid solution. Recent interest in zircon minerals stems from the study of highly durable radioactive waste forms. Crystalline phases of M4+SiO4 with zircon structure have been proposed as a durable ceramic waste form for immobilizing actinides such as Pu, Np, and U. To predict the behavior of zircon-based waste forms in a geologic repository environment as well as to optimize the fabrication of those waste forms, the thermodynamic and kinetic properties for zircon mineral phases have to be determined. In this paper, we use a linear free energy relationship to predict the Gibbs free energies of formation of Pu-bearing phases (Xu et al., 1999). The calculated results show that the PuSiO4 phase with zircon structure is unstable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and quartz. However, the PuSiO4 phase will be stable with respect to oxides of PuO2 and silica glass at low temperature.

  7. Neutron inelastic-scattering cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu

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    Differential-neutron-emission cross sections of 232Th, 233U, 235U, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu are measured between approx. = 1.0 and 3.5 MeV with the angle and magnitude detail needed to provide angle-integrated emission cross sections to approx. 232Th, 233U, 235U and 238U inelastic-scattering values, poor agreement is observed for 240Pu, and a serious discrepancy exists in the case of 239Pu

  8. Analysis Method of 241Pu Radioactivity by Isotope Dilution-Extraction Liquid Scintillation Spectrometer

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    2008-01-01

    <正>241Pu is the only pure β emitter with the maximum energy of 20.81 keV in plutonium isotopes of 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu and 242Pu, in which 241Pu is mostly specific radioactivity because its half-life is 14.29 a.

  9. Pu speciation in actual and simulated aged wastes

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    Lezama-pacheco, Juan S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Conradson, Steven D [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy (XAFS) at the Pu L{sub II/III} edge was used to determine the speciation of this element in (1) Hanford Z-9 Pu crib samples, (2) deteriorated waste resins from a chloride process ion-exchange purification line, and (3) the sediments from two Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Liter Scale simulant brine systems. The Pu speciation in all of these samples except one is within the range previously displayed by PuO{sub 2+x-2y}(OH){sub y}{center_dot}zH{sub 2}O compounds, which is expected based on the putative thermodynamic stability of this system for Pu equilibrated with excess H{sub 2}O and O{sub 2} under environmental conditions. The primary exception was a near neutral brine experiment that displayed evidence for partial substitution of the normal O-based ligands with Cl{sup -} and a concomitant expansion of the Pu-Pu distance relative to the much more highly ordered Pu near neighbor shell in PuO{sub 2}. However, although the Pu speciation was not necessarily unusual, the Pu chemistry identified via the history of these samples did exhibit unexpected patterns, the most significant of which may be that the presence of the Pu(V)-oxo species may decrease rather than increase the overall solubility of these compounds. Several additional aspects of the Pu speciation have also not been previously observed in laboratory-based samples. The molecular environmental chemistry of Pu is therefore likely to be more complicated than would be predicted based solely on the behavior of PuO{sub 2} under laboratory conditions.

  10. Redox reactions of Pu(IV) and Pu(III) in the presence of acetohydroxamic acid in HNO(3) solutions.

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    Tkac, Peter; Precek, Martin; Paulenova, Alena

    2009-12-21

    The reduction of Pu(IV) in the presence of acetohydroxamic acid (HAHA) was monitored by vis-NIR spectroscopy. All experiments were performed under low HAHA/Pu(IV) ratios, where only the Pu(IV)-monoacetohydroxamate complex and Pu uncomplexed with HAHA were present in relevant concentrations. Time dependent concentrations of all absorbing species were resolved using molar extinction coefficients for Pu(IV), Pu(III), and the Pu(AHA)(3+) complex by deconvolution of spectra. From fitting of the experimental data by rate equations integrated by a numeric method three reactions were proposed to describe a mechanism responsible for the reduction and oxidation of plutonium in the presence of HAHA and HNO(3). Decomposition of Pu(AHA)(3+) follows a second order reaction mechanism with respect to its own concentration and leads to the formation of Pu(III). At low HAHA concentrations, a two-electron reduction of uncomplexed Pu(IV) with HAHA also occurs. Formed Pu(III) is unstable and slowly reoxidizes back to Pu(IV), which, at the point when all HAHA is decomposed, can be catalyzed by the presence of nitrous acid. PMID:19904974

  11. Preliminary studies of Pu measurement by AMS using PuF{sub 4}{sup -}

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    Zhao, X.-L., E-mail: xzha5@uottawa.ca [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON., K1N 6N5 (Canada); Kieser, W.E. [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON., K1N 6N5 (Canada); Dai, X.; Priest, N.D.; Kramer-Tremblay, S. [Chalk River Laboratories, AECL, Chalk River, ON., K0J 1J0 (Canada); Eliades, J.; Litherland, A.E. [IsoTrace Laboratory, University of Toronto, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON., M5S 1A7 (Canada)

    2013-01-15

    Using targets made with PbF{sub 2} matrices, Cs{sup +} sputter sources have been found to yield element-specific patterns of molecular fluoride anions that may be used to enhance the mass spectrometry of certain elements. While the patterns are found similar for all lanthanides and the heavier actinides, substantial differences are found for the lighter actinides. In the case of Pu and U, of all their fluoride anions, PuF{sub 4}{sup -} and UF{sub 5}{sup -} are produced with the highest yield. Mass spectrometry of Pu using PuF{sub 4}{sup -} can provide a partial chemical separation in the ion source, as the yield of UF{sub 4}{sup -} is two orders of magnitude lower than that of the UF{sub 5}{sup -}. This, in turn, reduces scattering of U ions when measuring Pu in the high-energy components of the AMS system. This instrumental reduction of U is advantageous in cases that require rapid Pu analyses as it simplifies the chemistry of Pu/U separation and other steps in the sample processing. In this procedure, Pu can be co-precipitated with another element as a fluoride, which is then mixed with a sufficient amount of PbF{sub 2} powder to form a sputter target. A series of tests were carried out and NdF{sub 3} was identified as one such suitable carrier. Measurements of Pu{sup +3} at {approx}0.85 MV terminal voltage showed that the {sup 239,240,241,242}Pu isotopes can be detected with a manageably low background, high efficiency and a 1 fg detection limit. Preliminary tests were carried out using the existing IsoTrace AMS system, modified only by the addition of electronic controls to automatically adjust the terminal voltage and all high-energy electric analyzers, along with the injection magnet bouncer. However, both the injection and detection systems were not designed for this task, so considerable room is available for reducing the detection limit into the ag range with modern AMS systems - such as the one being commissioned at University of Ottawa.

  12. Preliminary studies of Pu measurement by AMS using PuF4-

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    Zhao, X.-L.; Kieser, W. E.; Dai, X.; Priest, N. D.; Kramer-Tremblay, S.; Eliades, J.; Litherland, A. E.

    2013-01-01

    Using targets made with PbF2 matrices, Cs+ sputter sources have been found to yield element-specific patterns of molecular fluoride anions that may be used to enhance the mass spectrometry of certain elements. While the patterns are found similar for all lanthanides and the heavier actinides, substantial differences are found for the lighter actinides. In the case of Pu and U, of all their fluoride anions, PuF4- and UF5- are produced with the highest yield. Mass spectrometry of Pu using PuF4- can provide a partial chemical separation in the ion source, as the yield of UF4- is two orders of magnitude lower than that of the UF5-. This, in turn, reduces scattering of U ions when measuring Pu in the high-energy components of the AMS system. This instrumental reduction of U is advantageous in cases that require rapid Pu analyses as it simplifies the chemistry of Pu/U separation and other steps in the sample processing. In this procedure, Pu can be co-precipitated with another element as a fluoride, which is then mixed with a sufficient amount of PbF2 powder to form a sputter target. A series of tests were carried out and NdF3 was identified as one such suitable carrier. Measurements of Pu+3 at ∼0.85 MV terminal voltage showed that the 239,240,241,242Pu isotopes can be detected with a manageably low background, high efficiency and a 1 fg detection limit. Preliminary tests were carried out using the existing IsoTrace AMS system, modified only by the addition of electronic controls to automatically adjust the terminal voltage and all high-energy electric analyzers, along with the injection magnet bouncer. However, both the injection and detection systems were not designed for this task, so considerable room is available for reducing the detection limit into the ag range with modern AMS systems - such as the one being commissioned at University of Ottawa.

  13. Self-irradiation of Pu, its alloys and compounds

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    Timofeeva, L. F.

    2000-07-01

    Self-irradiation of Pu, its alloys and compounds by products of known α-decomposition is a continuous complicated process, which includes numerous different phenomena. The accumulation of Pu decomposition products causes material structure and properties change. This problem is the subject of many works, most of them concerned with the behavior of Pu and its alloys at low (liquid He and N) temperatures. The survey is given of the results of our experiments connected with radiogenic helium behavior, crystal structure and properties of Pu metallic compounds and Pu oxide ceramics in a self-irradiation process at room temperature under isochronal heat treatments.

  14. PuMa-ECR ion source operation

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    The PuMa (Pulsed Magnetic field)-ECR ion source uses a pulsed solenoid coil to improve the peak current by opening the magnetic bottle along the beam axis. After demonstration of the principle of the pulsed magnetic extraction, the ion source was tested with different gases. We got promising results from helium up to krypton. For xenon the enhancement of the analyzed current was only in the same order as the enhancement of the afterglow. The influence of the current in the pulsed coil on the analyzed ion current was measured. With increased current levels in the pulsed coil the pulse height of the PuMa-pulse increases within the given pulse length of the coil. By using the pulsed coil the maximum of the charge state distribution can be shifted to higher charge states. (author)

  15. Artificial radioactivity and marine environment. Study of 238Pu, 239Pu+240Pu, 241Pu and 241Am in the Mediterranean sea

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    This paper is in two parts. Part one is about the methods for analyzing transuranium elements particularly the development of an analytical process for plutonium and for perfecting an Americium analyzing method, capable of treating samples of 200 litres of sea water, 100 grams of sediment and 100 grams of biological matter. Part two concerns the in situ determinations carried out within the scope of the study on the distribution and behaviour of transuranium elements in the Mediterranean sea. The high sea studies concerned the effects of atmospheric fall out and the vertical distribution of Pu and Am. Studies along the coasts enabled a quantitative study to be made of the contribution of rivers to the Mediterranean and to study the distribution of Pu along the French Mediterranean coast line

  16. Effect of cross-link density and hydrophilicity of PU on blood compatibility of hydrophobic PS/hydrophilic PU IPNs.

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    Roh, H W; Song, M J; Han, D K; Lee, D S; Ahn, J H; Kim, S C

    1999-01-01

    To investigate the effect of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic microdomain structure on blood compatibility, a series of interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) composed of hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) and hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) was prepared. One series was prepared with varying cross-link densities of each network, the other with varying hydrophilicity of the PU component. All PU/PS IPNs exhibited microphase-separated structures that had dispersed PS domains in the continuous PU matrix. The domain size decreased with decreasing the hydrophilicity of the PU component and increasing the cross-link density of each network. As the cross-link density and hydrophobicity of the PU component was increased, an inward shift of Tgs was observed, which was due to the decrease in phase separation between the hydrophobic PS component and hydrophilic PU component. In the in vitro platelet adhesion test, as the microdomain size of PU/PS IPN surface decreased, the number of adhered platelets on the PU/PS IPN surface was reduced and deformation of the adhered platelets decreased. It could be concluded that blood compatibility of PU/PS IPN was mainly affected by the degree of mixing between PU and PS component, which was reflected by the domain size of PS rich phase. PMID:10091927

  17. Optical properties of PuO2 and α-Pu2O3 by GGA + U + QA studies

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    Yang, Yu; Lu, Yong; Zhang, Ping

    2014-09-01

    By performing first-principles calculations plus quasi-annealing simulations, we systematically study the ground-state electronic and optical properties for PuO2 and α-Pu2O3. We find that α-Pu2O3 has an energy band gap of 1.38 eV. Our obtained atomic and electronic structures for the two plutonium oxides are in agreement with available experimental as well as other theoretical results. Based on the ground-state electronic structures, we systematically calculate the frequency dependent dielectric functions, as well as the optical spectra for α-Pu2O3 and PuO2. It is found that at the visible light frequency range, the adsorption coefficient of α-Pu2O3 and PuO2 are similar, but their refractive indexes differ much. This difference can be used to detect or trace the oxidation products of the plutonium surfaces.

  18. Speciation and unusual reactivity in PuO2+x.

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    Conradson, Steven D; Begg, Bruce D; Clark, David L; Den Auwer, Christophe; Espinosa-Faller, Francisco J; Gordon, Pamela L; Hess, Nancy J; Hess, Ryan; Keogh, D Webster; Morales, Luis A; Neu, Mary P; Runde, Wolfgang; Tait, C Drew; Veirs, D Kirk; Villella, Phillip M

    2003-06-16

    Pu L(3) XAFS measurements show that the excess oxygen in single phase PuO(2+)(x)() occurs as oxo groups with Pu-O distances of 1.83-1.91 A. This distance and the energy of the edge (via comparison with a large number of related compounds) are more consistent with a Pu(IV/V) than a Pu(IV/VI) mixture. Analogous to Pu(IV) colloids, although the Pu-Pu pair distribution remains single site even when it shows substantial disorder, the Pu-O distribution can display a number of additional shells at specific distances up to 3.4 A even in high fired materials when no oxo groups are present, implying intrinsic H(+)/OH(-)(/H(2)O). The number of oxo atoms increases when samples are equilibrated with humid air at ambient temperature, indicating that the Pu reactivity in this solid system differs notably from that of isolated complexes and demonstrating the importance of nanoscale cooperative phenomena and total free energy in determining its chemical properties. PMID:12793805

  19. Direct reduction of 238PuO2 and 239PuO2 to metal

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    The process for reducing 700 g 239PuO2 to metal is a standard procedure at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This process is based on research for reducing 200 g 238PuO2 to metal. This report describes in detail the experiments and development of the 200-g process. The procedure uses calcium metal as the reducing agent in a molten CaCl2 solvent system. The process to convert impure plutonia to high-purity metal by oxide reduction followed by electrorefining is also described

  20. Adsorption behavior of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite

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    Adsorption behavior of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite as a function of the factors of aqueous phase pH value, 239Pu initial concentration and ionic species is studied by static adsorption experiments in this paper. The following results are obtained. Adsorption equilibrium time of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite samples is about 24 h, and the adsorption distribution ratio Kd value of 239Pu increases with the pH value, but decreases with increasing initial concentration of 239Pu. And adsorption of 239Pu by bentonite samples with different ionic species show that anions affect the most on adsorption of bentonite is CO32-, followed by HCO3- and SO42-, whereas Cl- and NO3- hardly have any influence on the adsorption of bentonite. (authors)

  1. The concentrations of 241Pu in the southern Baltic Sea

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    Strumińska-Parulska D. I.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work was 241Pu activities determination in different components (water, plankton and fish of the southern Baltic Sea ecosystem. The determination of 241Pu in the samples was done indirectly by activity measuring the increment in 241Am from the decay of β-emitting 241Pu in samples collected 10-15 years after the Chernobyl accident. Enhanced levels of 241Pu were observed in all analyzed Baltic samples. The plutonium is also non-uniformly distributed between the organs and tissues of the analyzed fish; especially pelagic herring and cod as well as benthic flounder. The annual individual effective doses calculated on the basis of 241Pu concentrations in fish indicated that the impact of the consumption of 241Pu with Baltic fish on the annual effective dose for a statistical inhabitant of Poland was very small.

  2. Gamma-ray intensities of 239Pu

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    Relative intensities of 239Pu γ-rays were precisely measured with a Ge(Li) detector which was accurately calibrated and corrections were made for self-absorption of γ-rays. Accuracies of 1-2% were obtained for strong γrays. Detector efficiences were calibrated with a standard source of 133Ba and γ-ray sources of 152Eu, 154Eu and 182Ta. Intensities per decay were determined by the measured γ-ray intensities, weight and isotopic abundance of plutonium in the source. (author)

  3. Homogeneous oxalate precipitation of Pu(III)

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    This paper reports on homogeneous oxalate precipitation using diethyl oxalate which was compared to precipitating Pu(III) oxalate with solid oxalic acid. The diethyl oxalate technique at 75 degrees C is better because it gives 50% less plutonium in the filtrate with a reasonable filtering time. Also, the procedure for the homogeneous precipitation is easier to automate because the liquid diethyl oxalate is simpler to introduce into the precipitator than solid oxalic acid. It also provides flexibility because the hydrolysis rate and therefore the precipitation rate can be controlled by varying the temperature

  4. 238Pu surface contamination of MHW impact shell assembly

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    238PuO2 contamination of the grit blasted surface of the primary impact shell assembly (PISA) of the multi-hundred watt isotopic heat source was measured. The study determined the amount and distribution of the 238PuO2 and characterization of its behavior during aging at 13500C. The results concluded that normal decontamination effectively removes the superficial 238PuO2 but does not extract the 238PuO2 which is deep within the grit blasted structure. Subsequent heating results in migration of microcurie amounts of plutonium out of the grit blasted structure

  5. Effect of equilibration time on Pu desorption from goethite

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    It has been suggested that strongly sorbing ions such as plutonium may become irreversibly bound to mineral surfaces over time which has implications for near- and far-field transport of Pu. Batch adsorption-desorption data were collected as a function of time and pH to study the surface stability of Pu on goethite. Pu(IV) was adsorbed to goethite over the pH range 4.2 to 6.6 for different periods of time (1, 6, 15, 34 and 116 d). Following adsorption, Pu was leached from the mineral surface with desferrioxamine B (DFOB), a complexant capable of effectively competing with the goethite surface for Pu. The amount of Pu desorbed from the goethite was found to vary as a function of the adsorption equilibration time, with less Pu removed from the goethite following longer adsorption periods. This effect was most pronounced at low pH. Logarithmic desorption distribution ratios for each adsorption equilibration time were fit to a pH-dependent model. Model slopes decreased between 1 and 116 d adsorption time, indicating that overall Pu(IV) surface stability on goethite surfaces becomes less dependent on pH with greater adsorption equilibration time. The combination of adsorption and desorption kinetic data suggest that non-redox aging processes affect Pu sorption behavior on goethite.

  6. 239Pu(n,2n) 238Pu cross section inferred from IDA calculations and GEANIE measurements

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    Chen, H; Ormand, W E; Dietrich, F S

    2000-09-01

    This report presents the latest {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross sections inferred from calculations performed with the nuclear reaction-modeling code system, IDA, coupled with experimental measurements of partial {gamma}-ray cross sections for incident neutron energies ranging from 5.68 to 17.18 MeV. It is found that the inferred {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross section peaks at E{sub inc} {approx} 11.4 MeV with a peak value of approximately 326 mb. At E{sub inc} {approx} 14 MeV, the inferred {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross section is found to be in good agreement with previous radio-chemical measurements by Lockheed. However, the shape of the inferred {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross section differs significantly from previous evaluations of ENDL, ENDF/B-V and ENDF/B-VI. In our calculations, direct, preequilibrium, and compound reactions are included. Also considered in the modeling are fission and {gamma}-cascade processes in addition to particle emission. The main components of physics adopted and the parameters used in our calculations are discussed. Good agreement of the inferred {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross sections derived separately from IDA and GNASH calculations is shown. The two inferences provide an estimate of variations in the deduced {sup 239}Pu(n,2n){sup 238}Pu cross section originating from modeling.

  7. 242Pu as tracer for simultaneous determination of 237Np and 239,240Pu in environmental samples

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    Chen, Q.J.; Dahlgaard, H.; Nielsen, S.P.;

    2002-01-01

    A procedure has been developed using Pu-242 as tracer for simultaneous determination of Np-237 and Pu-239,Pu-240 in environmental samples. The validity of the method has been demonstrated by ICPMS and alpha-spectroscopy for up to 10 gram soil and sediment, seawater up to 200 litres. The paper...... describes a suitable chemical procedure for Np and Pu including a quantitative pre-concentration of neptunium and plutonium, preparation of Np4+ and Pu4+, NP(NO3)(6)(2-) and Pu(NO3)(6)(2-), The ratio of Np-237/Pu-242 (or Np-237/Pu-239) before and after the procedure has been determined using 10 g soil (free...... from Np and Pu) R-before/R-after = 1.004 +/- 3.3% (S.D n = 20) and 1 litre seawater R-before/R-after = 1.019+/-1.9% (S.D., n = 12). Results from the intercomparison samples LAEA-135, LAEA-381 and from environmental samples are presented....

  8. Evaluation of fission cross sections and covariances for {sup 233}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, and {sup 241}Pu

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    Kawano, Toshihiko [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan); Matsunobu, Hiroyuki [Data Engineering, Inc. (Japan); Murata, Toru [AITEL Corporation, Tokyo (JP)] [and others

    2000-02-01

    A simultaneous evaluation code SOK (Simultaneous evaluation on KALMAN) has been developed, which is a least-squares fitting program to absolute and relative measurements. The SOK code was employed to evaluate the fission cross sections of {sup 233}U, {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, and {sup 241}Pu for the evaluated nuclear data library JENDL-3.3. Procedures of the simultaneous evaluation and the experimental database of the fission cross sections are described. The fission cross sections obtained were compared with evaluated values given in JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI. (author)

  9. Is Octavalent Pu(VIII) Possible? Mapping the Plutonium Oxyfluoride Series PuO(n)F(8-2n) (n = 0-4).

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    Huang, Wei; Pyykkö, Pekka; Li, Jun

    2015-09-01

    While the oxidation state Pu(VIII) is shown to be less stable than Pu(V) in the PuO4 molecule, it is not clear if the more electronegative fluorine can help to stabilize Pu(VIII). Our calculations on PuO(n)F(8-2n) (n = 0-4) molecules notably confirm that PuO2F4 has both (1)D(4h) and (5)C(2v) minima with the oxidation states Pu(VIII) and Pu(V), respectively, with the latter having lower energy. The hybrid-DFT, CCSD(T), and CASSCF methods all give the same result. The results conform to a superoxide ligand when n ≥ 2. PuF8 in a (1)O(h) state can decompose to PuF6 and F2, and PuOF6 in a (1)C(2v) state also can break down to PuF6 and 1/2 O2. The Pu(VIII) anion PuO2F5(-) does have a D(5h) minimum, which also lies above a (5)C(2v) Pu(V) peroxide structure. However, the energy differences between the different minima are not large, indicating that metastable species with oxidation states higher than Pu(V) cannot be completely excluded. PMID:26309065

  10. Is Octavalent Pu(VIII) Possible? Mapping the Plutonium Oxyfluoride Series PuO(n)F(8-2n) (n = 0-4).

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    Huang, Wei; Pyykkö, Pekka; Li, Jun

    2015-09-01

    While the oxidation state Pu(VIII) is shown to be less stable than Pu(V) in the PuO4 molecule, it is not clear if the more electronegative fluorine can help to stabilize Pu(VIII). Our calculations on PuO(n)F(8-2n) (n = 0-4) molecules notably confirm that PuO2F4 has both (1)D(4h) and (5)C(2v) minima with the oxidation states Pu(VIII) and Pu(V), respectively, with the latter having lower energy. The hybrid-DFT, CCSD(T), and CASSCF methods all give the same result. The results conform to a superoxide ligand when n ≥ 2. PuF8 in a (1)O(h) state can decompose to PuF6 and F2, and PuOF6 in a (1)C(2v) state also can break down to PuF6 and 1/2 O2. The Pu(VIII) anion PuO2F5(-) does have a D(5h) minimum, which also lies above a (5)C(2v) Pu(V) peroxide structure. However, the energy differences between the different minima are not large, indicating that metastable species with oxidation states higher than Pu(V) cannot be completely excluded.

  11. Nuclear characteristics of Pu fueled LWR and cross section sensitivities

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    Takeda, Toshikazu [Osaka Univ., Suita (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1998-03-01

    The present status of Pu utilization to thermal reactors in Japan, nuclear characteristics and topics and cross section sensitivities for analysis of Pu fueled thermal reactors are described. As topics we will discuss the spatial self-shielding effect on the Doppler reactivity effect and the cross section sensitivities with the JENDL-3.1 and 3.2 libraries. (author)

  12. Structure and potential energy function for Pu22+ ion

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    The theoretical study on Pu22+ using density functional method shows that the molecular ion is metastable. Ground electronic state is 13Σg for Pu22+, the analytic potential energy function is in well agreement with the Z-W function, and the force constants and spectroscopic data have been worked out for the first time

  13. GGA and LDA + U calculations of Pu phases

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    Bouchet, J. [CEA-DAM, Departement de Physique Theorique et Appliquee, Bruyeres-le-Chatel (France)], E-mail: johann.bouchet@cea.fr; Albers, R.C. [Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Jomard, G. [CEA-DAM, Departement de Physique Theorique et Appliquee, Bruyeres-le-Chatel (France)

    2007-10-11

    The effect of correlations in Pu are studied using GGA and LDA + U. We have used the simplicity of an approximate {alpha} phase structure, which we call a pseudo structure, to understand the main differences between low and high temperatures phases of Pu. Our results show the importance of the local atomic environment.

  14. Updated and Revised Neutron Nuclear Data for 238Pu

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    YU; Bao-sheng; CHEN; Guo-chang

    2013-01-01

    238Pu is one of minor actinide,which is nuclear fuel produced by interaction with neutrons in reactor.The nuclear data are especially important for application involving computational neutronics method and transmutation performance analyses in advanced fuel cycle system.The 238Pu evaluated data in

  15. Spatial distribution of (241)Am, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239,240)Pu and (241)Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK.

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    Oh, J-S; Warwick, P E; Croudace, I W

    2009-01-01

    Ninety five surface scrape samples were collected at the Ravenglass saltmarsh and analysed for radionuclides by alpha spectrometry ((238)Pu and (239,240)Pu), gamma spectrometry ((241)Am and (137)Cs) and liquid scintillation counting ((241)Pu). Both (241)Am and (137)Cs activities are compared with those reported by Horrill [1983. Concentrations and spatial distribution of radioactivity in an ungrazed saltmarsh. In: Coughtrey, P.J. (Ed.), Ecological Aspects of Radionuclide Release. British Ecological Society Special Publication No. 3. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 119-215.] Significant decreases in activities for both radionuclides were observed which is caused by the declining levels of discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant since the 1980s. It has been concluded that the spatial distribution of these radionuclides are controlled by the tidal currents and the clay contents in the sediments. There is evidence of surface erosion of the saltmarsh and redistribution of radionuclides in the saltmarsh using isotopic ratios of measured Pu.

  16. Distinguishing Pu Metal from Pu Oxide and Determining alpha-ratio using Fast Neutron Counting

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    Verbeke, J. M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Chapline, G. F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Nakae, L. F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Prasad, M. K. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Sheets, S. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Snyderman, N. J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-01-07

    We describe a new method for determining the ratio of the rate of (α, n) source neutrons to the rate of spontaneous fission neutrons, the so called α-ratio. This method is made possible by fast neutron counting with liquid scintillator detectors, which can determine the shape of the fast neutron spectrum. The method utilizes the spectral difference between fission spectrum neutrons from Pu metal and the spectrum of (α, n) neutrons from PuO2. Our method is a generalization of the Cifarelli-Hage method for determining keff for fissile assemblies, and also simultaneously determines keff along with the α-ratio.

  17. Thermal conductivity of hypostoichiometric low Pu content (U,Pu)O2-x mixed oxide

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    The 'laser flash' method was used to measure the thermal diffusivity of PWR mixed oxide fuels with Pu contents ranging from 3 to 15 wt% and oxygen to metal ratio (O/M) ranging from 2.00 to ∼1.95. The temperature range extends from 700 to 2300 K. The fuel thermal conductivity is derived using heat capacity values of the mixed oxides calculated by Kopp's law from recommended values for the heat capacities of UO2, PuO2 and O2. We observe an effect of the deviation from stoichiometry on the conductivity smaller than what is recommended for high plutonium content FBR fuel. Our results are fitted in the low temperature range to a classical phonon transport model. Abeles's simplified theory of phonon diffusion by point defects is used to discuss the results. We propose a new thermal conductivity relation, which takes into account the effect of the O/M ratio

  18. The inflow of 238Pu and 239+240Pu from the Vistula River catchment area to the Baltic Sea

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    The aim of the work was to estimate plutonium inflow from the Vistula River's catchments area to the Baltic Sea. There were differences in plutonium activities depending on season and sampling site. The highest activities of 238Pu and 239+240Pu were transported from the Vistula River watershed to the Baltic Sea in spring and the lowest in summer. Annually, the southern Baltic Sea is enriched via the Vistula River with 10.3 MBq of 238Pu and 89.0 MBq of 239+240Pu. The enhanced concentration of plutonium in water from the Vistula River is the result of its runoff from the Vistula drainage area, mostly from snowmelt, enhanced rainfalls and leached materials from river bed. - Highlights: → We estimated plutonium inflow from the Vistula River catchment area to the Baltic Sea. → We found differences in Pu activities depending on season and sampling site. → The highest amount of 239 + 240Pu was transported in spring and the lowest in summer. → Annually, the southern Baltic Sea is enriched with 89.0 MBq of 239 + 240Pu. → Enhanced Pu amount in water came from snowmelt, rainfalls and leached materials.

  19. Oxidation states, geometries, and electronic structures of plutonium tetroxide PuO4 isomers: is octavalent Pu viable?

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    Huang, Wei; Xu, Wen-Hua; Su, Jing; Schwarz, W H E; Li, Jun

    2013-12-16

    In neutral chemical compounds, the highest known oxidation state of all elements in the Periodic Table is +VIII. While PuO4 is viewed as an exotic Pu(+VIII) complex, we have shown here that no stable electronic homologue of octavalent RuO4 and OsO4 exists for PuO4, even though Pu has the same number of eight valence electrons as Ru and Os. Using quantum chemical approaches at the levels of quasi-relativistic DFT, MP2, CCSD(T), and CASPT2, we find the ground state of PuO4 as a quintet (5)C2v-(PuO2)(+)(O2)(-) complex with the leading valence configuration of an (f(3))plutonyl(V) unit, loosely coupled to a superoxido (π*(3))O2(-) ligand. This stable isomer is likely detectable as a transient species, while the previously suggested planar (1)D4h-Pu(VIII)O4 isomer is only metastable. Through electronic structure analyses, the bonding and the oxidation states are explained and rationalized. We have predicted the characteristics of the electronic and vibrational spectra to assist future experimental identification of (PuO2)(+)(O2)(-) by IR, UV-vis, and ionization spectroscopy. PMID:24274785

  20. LDA + U study of Pu and PuO{sub 2} on ground state with spin-orbital coupling

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    Wang Hao, E-mail: haowangfp@gmail.com [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Narita-cho 2145-2, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki, 311-1313 (Japan); Konashi, Kenji [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Narita-cho 2145-2, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki, 311-1313 (Japan)

    2012-08-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In our paper, we use spin-orbital coupling to investigate PuO{sub 2}, which is the first time as our knowledge. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We also check initially the Jahn-Teller effect of PuO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Based on the Bader charge analysis, the covalency of Pu and O atoms is clearly shown. - Abstract: In order to describe the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of {delta}-Pu and PuO{sub 2}, first-principle calculation is performed with spin-orbital coupling. By applying the DFT + U and occupation matrix method, we obtain a good result close to the experimental data. All possible initial occupation matrices are tried to find the ground state. The Jahn-Teller distortion and the spin-orbital effect are discussed. The intermediate coupling is proven by PDOS analysis. Covalency between Pu and O atoms is proven by quantum theory of atoms in molecules. By PDOS, occupation matrix and Bader charge analysis, the 5f configurations of {delta}-Pu and PuO{sub 2} are investigated.

  1. Measurement of the 242Pu neutron capture cross section

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    Buckner, M. Q.; Wu, C. Y.; Henderson, R. A.; Bucher, B.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Baramsai, B.; Couture, A.; Jandel, M.; Mosby, S.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Ullmann, J. L.; Chyzh, A.; Dance Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    Precision (n,f) and (n, γ) cross sections are important for the network calculations of the radiochemical diagnostic chain for the U.S. DOE's Stockpile Stewardship Program. 242Pu(n, γ) cross section is relevant to the network calculations of Pu and Am. Additionally, new reactor concepts have catalyzed considerable interest in the measurement of improved cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on key actinides. To date, little or no experimental data has been reported on 242Pu(n, γ) for incident neutron energy below 50 keV. A new measurement of the 242Pu(n, γ) reaction was performed with the DANCE together with an improved PPAC for fission-fragment detection at LANSCE during FY14. The relative scale of the 242Pu(n, γ) cross section spans four orders of magnitude for incident neutron energies from thermal to ~ 30 keV. The absolute scale of the 242Pu(n, γ) cross section is set according to the measured 239Pu(n,f) resonance at 7.8 eV; the target was spiked with 239Pu for this measurement. The absolute 242Pu(n, γ) neutron capture cross section is ~ 30% higher than the cross section reported in ENDF for the 2.7 eV resonance. Latest results to be reported. Funded by U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 (LLNL) and DE-AC52-06NA25396 (LANL). U.S. DOE/NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development. Isotopes (ORNL).

  2. Elastic properties of gamma-Pu by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy

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    Migliori, Albert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Betts, J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trugman, A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mielke, C H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mitchell, J N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ramos, M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Stroe, I [WORXESTER, MA

    2009-01-01

    Despite intense experimental and theoretical work on Pu, there is still little understanding of the strange properties of this metal. We used resonant ultrasound spectroscopy method to investigate the elastic properties of pure polycrystalline Pu at high temperatures. Shear and longitudinal elastic moduli of the {gamma}-phase of Pu were determined simultaneously and the bulk modulus was computed from them. A smooth linear and large decrease of all elastic moduli with increasing temperature was observed. We calculated the Poisson ratio and found that it increases from 0.242 at 519K to 0.252 at 571K.

  3. Determination of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu and {sup 241}Am in radioactive waste from IPEN reactor

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    Geraldo, Bianca; Taddei, Maria Helena T.; Cheberle, Sandra M.; Ferreira, Marcelo T., E-mail: bgeraldo@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: mhtaddei@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: scsantos@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: ferreira@cnen.gov.b [Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Lab. of Pocos de Caldas; Marumo, Julio T., E-mail: jtmarumo@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Ion exchange resin is a common type of radioactive waste arising from treatment of coolant water of the main circuit of research and nuclear power reactors. This waste contains high concentrations of fission and activation products. The management of this waste includes its characterization in order to determine and quantify specific radionuclides including those known as difficult-to-measure radionuclides (RDM). The analysis of RDMs generally involves expensive and time-consuming complex radiochemical analysis for purification and separation of the radionuclides. The objective of this work is to show an easy methodology for quantifying plutonium and americium isotopes in spent ion exchange resin, used for purification of the cooling water of the IEA-R1 reactor located at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, IPEN-CNEN/SP. The resins were destroyed by acid digestion, followed by purification and separation of the Pu and Am isotopes with anionic and chromatographic resins. {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}+{sup 24}'0Pu, and {sup 24}'1Am isotopes were analyzed in an alpha spectrometer equipped with surface barrier detectors. {sup 241}Pu isotope was analyzed by liquid scintillation counting. Chemical recovery yield ranged from 73 to 98% for Pu and 77 to 98% for Am, demonstrating that the methodology is suitable for identification and quantification of the isotopes studied in spent resins. (author)

  4. Biosorption of 239Pu by immobilized sargassum fusiforme

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    Sargassum fusiforme was immobilized with calcium alginates and its biosorption property to 239Pu was studied by batch and column methods. Biosorption equilibrium time of immobilized Sargassum fusiforme biosorbent to 239Pu is 120 min and biosorption efficiency is over 99.2% when the initial concentration of 239Pu is 21.5 kBq/L and pH is 2.5-5.0. After five times repetition biosorption-desorption cycles biosorption efficiency is still over 98.0% when the velocity of flow is 2 ml/min in column experiment. Immobilized Sargassum fusiforme biosorbent is better to 239Pu due to its better chemical stability, mechanical strength, lower cost, high biosorption efficiency and repeated biosorption-desorption cycles. (authors)

  5. Effects of monomeric 239Pu on the pregnant rabbit

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    The effects of 239Pu treatment (0, 10 or 40 μCi/kg) on hematological measurements in pregnant rabbits were studied at 29 days of gestation. Mean clotting times were significantly increased in all plutonium-treated rabbits. There was also a significant increase in clotting time with increasing time between plutonium dosing and sample collection in rabbits injected with 10 μCi/kg. Platelet counts were significantly decreased in all rabbits exposed to 239Pu for 14 days or greater. Hematocrits were significantly depressed in rabbits exposed to 239Pu for 20 days. It is speculated that monomeric 239Pu accumulates at a hematopoietic site close to that affected in X-irradiated animals. (U.K.)

  6. Sequential Separation of U, Np and Pu From Environmental Samples

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    2011-01-01

    Affected by nuclear testing and nuclear reactor accidents, the release of radioactive substances into the environment, especially long-lived radionuclides including U, Np and Pu can cause great harm to the environment, ecology and

  7. Thermodynamic assessment of the Th–U–Pu system

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    Beneš, O., E-mail: ondrej.benes@ec.europa.eu; Manara, D.; Konings, R.J.M.

    2014-06-01

    Thermodynamic assessments of the Th–U and Th–Pu binary systems are performed in this study according to CALPHAD method and together with the data on the U–Pu system, which has been already published in the literature, the Th–U–Pu ternary system is determined. All available experimental data from the literature were used for the binary system assessments and based on them the Gibbs energy properties of the unknown phases have been optimized. For the excess Gibbs energy of the liquid phase the ionic liquid model has been used, whereas for solid solutions the Redlich–Kister description was selected. In case of the Th–U and Th–Pu binary systems a very good agreement between the assessment and the experimental equilibrium data has been achieved, with 80% of equilibrium data reproduced within ±20 K.

  8. Neutron Capture and Fission Measurement on ^238Pu at DANCE

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    Chyzh, Andrii; Wu, Ching-Yen; Kwan, Elaine; Henderson, Roger; Gostic, Jolie; Couture, Aaron; Young, Hye; Ullmann, John; O'Donnell, John; Jandel, Marian; Haight, Robert; Bredeweg, Todd

    2012-10-01

    Neutron capture and fission reactions on actinides are important in nuclear engineering and physics. DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Measurement, LANL) combined with PPAC (avalanche technique based fission tagging detector, LLNL) were used to study the neutron capture reactions in ^238Pu. Because of extreme spontaneous α-radioactivity in ^238Pu and associated safety issues, 3 separate experiments were performed in 2010-2012. The 1st measurement was done without fission tagging on a 396-μg thick target. The 2nd one was with PPAC on the same target. The 3rd final measurement was done on a thin target with a mass of 40 μg in order to reduce α-background load on PPAC. This was the first such measurement in a laboratory environment. The absolute ^238Pu(n,γ) cross section is presented together with the prompt γ-ray multiplicity in the ^238Pu(n,f) reaction.

  9. Metabolic pathways of 239Pu immediately after administration

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    239Pu chloride was given to male rats intravenously or by the oral route. The early stages of the Pu metabolism are characterized by a fast distribution in liver and skeleton and a high concentration in the intestine and the muscle tissue. The rate of elimination from the liver and muscles was the same for both types of application. With injection into different parts of the vascular system, the binding to protein and other tissue components was identical. 239Pu is practically not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract if given perorally. The absorbed fraction had an osteotropic character, i.e. the plutonium was bound to the organic as well as to the mineral fraction. When Pu chloride is injected intravenously, there is a slow redistribution from the characteristic hepatotropic to the osteotropic type. The function of the liver as a barrier against the plutonium is not very prominent and seems to depend on the type of compound given. (MG/AK)

  10. [239Pu and chromosomal aberrations in human peripheral blood lymphocytes].

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    Okladnikova, N D; Osovets, S V; Kudriavtseva, T I

    2009-01-01

    The genome status in somatic cells was assessed using the chromosomal aberration (CA) test in peripheral blood lymphocytes from 194 plutonium workers exposed to occupational radiation mainly from low-transportable compounds of airborne 230Pu. Pu body burden at the time of cytogenetic study varied from values close to the method sensitivity to values multiply exceeding the permissible level. Standard (routine) methods of peripheral blood lymphocytes cultivation were applied. Chromatid- and chromosomal-type structural changes were estimated. Aberrations were estimated per 100 examined metaphase cells. The quantitative relationship between the CA frequency and Pu body burden and the absorbed dose to the lung was found. Mathematical processing of results was carried out based on the phenomenological model. The results were shown as theoretical and experimental curves. The threshold of the CA yield was 0.43 +/- 0.03 kBq (Pu body burden) and 6.12 +/- 1.20 cGy (absorbed dose to the lung).

  11. [ECG indices in dogs after inhalation of 239Pu].

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    Karpova, V N

    1985-11-01

    Dogs of both sexes aged 2 to 4 were subjected to inhalation inoculation with polymer 239Pu or submicron 239PuO2 aerosols in amounts close to acute, subacute and chronically effective ones. ECG was recorded in standard, amplified and single leads (V3). All calculations were done by lead II. Signs of the right heart overburdening were noted in the presence of the P-pulmonale complex, deep S1 wave or cardiac electrical axis of SI-SII-SIII type. Signs of the right heart overburdening were revealed after inhalation of polimer 239Pu (70%). The absence of similar changes in damage caused by 239Pu could be attributed to its fast resorption from the lungs resulting in more moderate lesion of the respiratory organs.

  12. Radiative capture on $^{242}$Pu for MOX fuel reactors

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    The use of MOX fuel (mixed-oxide fuel made of UO$_{2}$ and PuO$_{2}$) in nuclear reactors allows substituting a large fraction of the enriched Uranium by Plutonium reprocessed from spent fuel. Indeed around 66% of the plutonium from spent fuel is made of $^{239}$Pu and $^{241}$Pu, which are fissile in thermal reactors. A typical reactor of this type uses a fuel with 7% reprocessed Pu and 93% depleted U, thus profiting from both the spent fuel and the remaining $^{238}$U following the $^{235}$U enrichment. With the use of such new fuel compositions rich in Pu the better knowledge of the capture and fission cross sections of the Pu isotopes becomes very important. This is clearly stated in the recent OECD NEA’s “High Priority Request List” and in the WPEC-26 “Uncertainty and target accuracy assessment for innovative systems using recent covariance data evaluations” report. In particular, a new series of cross section evaluations have been recently carried out jointly by the European (JEFF) and United ...

  13. /sup 238/Pu processing at the Savannah River Plant

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    Burney, G.A.

    1983-01-01

    /sup 238/Pu is produced by irradiating /sup 237/Np. The /sup 237/Np is produced as a byproduct when natural or enriched uranium is irradiated with neutrons. The /sup 237/Np is separated by solvent extraction and ion exchange. It is converted to NpO/sub 2/ and fabricated into targets for irradiation. The irradiated targets are cooled and dissolved in strong nitric acid. The /sup 238/Pu and /sup 237/Np are separated from fission products and other cationic impurities and from each other by three cycles of anion exchange. The /sup 237/Np is recycled to produce more targets for irradiation. The pure /sup 238/Pu solution is precipitated as Pu oxalate and calcined to PuO/sub 2/. After several powder-conditioning steps, the PuO/sub 2/ is hot pressed into fuel forms. Each form is encased in iridium for loading into a specially designed power unit for space application. 8 references, 9 figures, 1 table.

  14. Assessment of 238Pu and 239+240Pu, in marine sediments of the oceans Atlantic and Pacific of Guatemala

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    In this investigation samples of marine sediments were taken from 14 places representatives of the oceans coast of Guatemala. For the assesment of 238Pu and 239+240Pu in sediments a radiochemical method was used to mineralize sediments and by ionic interchange it was separated from other elements, after that an electrodeposition of plutonium was made in metallic discs. The radioactivity of plutonium was measured by alpha spectrometry system and the alpha spectrums were obtained. The levels of plutonium are not higher than other countries that shown contamination. The contamination of isotope of 239+240Pu is higher than 238Pu and the contamination by two isotopes of plutonium is higher in the Atlantic than the Pacific ocean

  15. Evaluation of the thermal cross sections of 239Pu and 241Pu

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    The thermal neutron cross sections of the isotopes 239Pu and 241Pu have been evaluated in the thermal neutron energy region below 1.0 eV. The method of evaluation fitted energy-dependent data constrained by a modified Adler-Adler multilevel resonance fission and capture formalism and multilevel Breit-Wigner scattering theory. The energy dependence of the number of neutrons per fission was prescribed in the theory by introducing nu as fitted resonance spin-dependent values. The data were fitted in a resonance parameter fitting code, RPFC, using the method of maximum likelihood. The code fits simultaneously the total and partial energy-dependent cross section data to the theory. The types of data explicitly fitted are total, fission, capture, total scattering, coherent scattering, and absorption cross sections plus the quantities alpha, total nu and eta. Relative energy-dependent data with precision errors are fitted along with absolute values and errors at chosen energies. RPFC also allows energy-scale adjustment and Doppler broadening of selected data sets, and fits correlated data of two isotopes simultaneously. Reference experimental data bases of original data plus condensed and modified data were assembled for the evaluation for each isotope. 19 figures, 9 tables

  16. Adsorption of Pu(IV) and Pu(VI) under controlled pH and Eh by soil minerals

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    Preliminary experiments indicated that a potentiostat could be used to control the Eh of soil slurries (kaolinite). Results so far indicate that the major amount of adsorption occurs in the first 15 minutes, that Pu(VI) adsorbs less than Pu(IV), that an increase in pH increases the adsorption, and that an increase in surface area and/or cation exchange capacity also increases the adsorption. 4 figs

  17. Analysis and composition of the first U-Pu charge (0,043 per cent of Pu)

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    Checking the homogeneity in the content of plutonium of 0,043 per cent Pu-natural uranium alloy slugs has been made by Pu 240 and U 238 spontaneous fissions neutrons counting. The purpose of the test was to select groups of slugs to be correctly associated into fuel rods for critical experiments. General technic for spontaneous fissions counting, then elaboration of data in view of ranking the slugs are described. Results are given for this particular case. (authors)

  18. Cation interdiffusion in the UO2 - (U, Pu)O2 and UO2 - PuO2 systems

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    The interdiffusion of U and Pu ions in UO sub(2 +- x) - (U sub(0,83) Pu sub(0,17))O sub(2 + - x) and UO sub(2 + - x) -PuO sub(2 - x) sintered pellets and UO sub(2 +- x) -(U sub(0,82) Pu sub(0,18))O sub(2 + - x) single crystals has been studied as a function of the oxygen potential ΔG sup(-) (O2) or the stoichiometric ratio O/M. The diffusion profiles of UO2/(U,Pu)O2 and UO2/PuO2 couples of different O/M ratios have been measured using high resolution α-spectrometer and microprobe. Thermal annealing of the specimens was performed in controlled atmospheres using either CO-CO2 gas mixtures for constant O/M ratios or purified argon. The interdiffusion profiles have been analysed by means of the Boltzmann-Matano and Hall methods. The interdiffusion coefficient D sus(approx.) increases with increasing Pu content in sintered pellets (up to 17 wt. %PuO2) showing a strong dependence of D sup(approx.) on the O/M ratio. The micropobe results show that the interdiffusion along grain boundaries is the main diffusion mechanism in the pellets. Experiments have also been carried out in single cristals to measure just the bulk-interdiffusion and avoiding effects due to grain boundaries. A marked dependence of D sup(approx.) on O/M ratio or on oxygen potential ΔG sup(-) (O2), similar to the dependence already reported for self diffusion by means of radioactive tracers, has also been observed. (Author)

  19. Study of neutron-deficient isotopes of Fl in the 239Pu, 240Pu + 48Ca reactions

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    Voinov, A. A.; Utyonkov, V. K.; Brewer, N. T.; Oganessian, Yu Ts; Rykaczewski, K. P.; Abdullin, F. Sh; Dmitriev, S. N.; Grzywacz, R. K.; Itkis, M. G.; Miernik, K.; Polyakov, A. N.; Roberto, J. B.; Sagaidak, R. N.; Shirokovsky, I. V.; Shumeiko, M. V.; Tsyganov, Yu S.; Subbotin, V. G.; Sukhov, A. M.; Sabelnikov, A. V.; Vostokin, G. K.; Hamilton, J. H.; Stoyer, M. A.; Strauss, S. Y.

    2016-07-01

    The results of the experiments aimed at the synthesis of Fl isotopes in the 239Pu + 48Ca and 240Pu + 48Ca reactions are presented. The experiment was performed using the Dubna gas-filled recoil separator at the U400 cyclotron. In the 239Pu+48Ca experiment one decay of spontaneously fissioning 284Fl was detected at 245-MeV beam energy. In the 240Pu+48Ca experiment three decay chains of 285Fl were detected at 245 MeV and four decays were assigned to 284Fl at the higher 48Ca beam energy of 250 MeV. The α-decay energy of 285Fl was measured for the first time and decay properties of its descendants 281Cn, 277Ds, 273Hs, 269Sg, and 265Rf were determined more precisely. The cross section of the 239Pu(48Ca,3n)284Fl reaction was observed to be about 20 times lower than those predicted by theoretical models and 50 times less than the value measured in the 244Pu+48Ca reaction. The cross sections of the 240Pu(48Ca,4-3n)284,285Fl at both 48Ca energies are similar and exceed that observed in the reaction with lighter isotope 239Pu by a factor of 10. The decay properties of the synthesized nuclei and their production cross sections indicate rapid decrease of stability of superheavy nuclei with departing from the neutron number N=184 predicted to be the next magic number.

  20. LLNL PuPS Weld Qualification Plan

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    Dodson, K E; Riley, D

    2001-08-24

    This plan ensures the quality of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) DOE 3013 Standard Plutonium Packaging System (PuPS) can welds meet the requirements stipulated in the DOE Standard 3013-00 ''Stabilization, Packaging, and Storage of Plutonium-Bearing Materials'' (Reference 1) and G-ESR-G-00035, Revision 1 dated July 26, 2000, ''Savannah River Site Stabilization and Packaging Requirements for Plutonium Bearing Materials for Storage.'' (Reference 2) This plan also meets the requirements for a weld qualification plan as stipulated in the G-ESR-G-00035. The Outer Can weld must meet ASME VIII & IX. The Outer Can welds will be evaluated initially and during production. The initial evaluation will be done by performing the following: ASME IX welding procedure qualification, ASME IX operator qualification, and a 25 can Dummy Outer Can (DOC) verification run. During production, product cans and DOCs will be evaluated. Product cans will be evaluated by a combination of visual examination of the weld faces and the use of helium leak checking. The DOCs will be examined by visual examination, leak check, radiographic examination and metallographic examination. Appendix 2 summarizes the requirements of each of these evaluations. The Inner Can weld must meet the leak tightness requirements of DOE 3013. The Inner Can weld, while not required to meet ASME requirements, will be controlled as described in this plan to ensure a reliable leak path barrier and consistent production processing behavior. The product Inner Cans will be evaluated by a combination of visual examination of the weld faces and the use of helium leak checking.

  1. Ab initio equation-of-state and elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Per, Soderlind; Landa, Alex

    2010-03-01

    We present results of ab initio calculations of equation-of-state and elastic properties for Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys. For this we have employed density-functional theory (DFT) in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation (CPA) for the alloys. All Pu systems benefit from spin polarization which is consistent with previous DFT studies of plutonium. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from α->β->γ plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f-electron correlation (localization). For δ-Pu- Ga alloys we find that the system softens with larger Ga content, i.e., bulk modulus, elastic constants, and chemical bonding weakens with increasing Ga concentration. This inverse relationship is nearly linear and supported by measurements on polycrystal δ-Pu-Ga alloys. For Pu metal, our single-crystal results also relates reasonably with ultrasound data on polycrystal samples where available. The comparison is indirect but made possible by approximating the polycrystal with an isotropic (uniform strain) single crystal. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  2. On the electrochemical formation of Pu-Al alloys in molten LiCl-KCl

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    Mendes, E.; Malmbeck, R.; Nourry, C.; Souček, P.; Glatz, J.-P.

    2012-01-01

    Properties of Pu-Al alloys were investigated in connection with development of pyrochemical methods for reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Electroseparation techniques in molten LiCl-KCl are being developed in ITU to group-selectively recover actinides from the mixture with fission products. In the process, actinides are electrochemically reduced on solid aluminium cathodes, forming solid actinide-aluminium alloys. This article is focused on electro-chemical characterisation of Pu-Al alloys in molten LiCl-KCl, on electrodeposition of Pu on solid Al electrodes and on determination of chemical composition and structure of the formed alloys. Cyclic voltammetry and chronopotentiometry were used to study Pu-Al alloys in the temperature range 400-550 °C. Pu is reduced to metal in one reduction step Pu 3+/Pu 0 on an inert W electrode. On a reactive Al electrode, the reduction of Pu 3+ to Pu 0 occurs at a more positive potential due to formation of Pu-Al alloys. The open circuit potential technique was used to identify the alloys formed. Stable deposits were obtained by potentiostatic electrolyses of LiCl-KCl-PuCl 3 melts on Al plates. XRD and SEM-EDX analyses were used to characterise the alloys, which were composed mainly of PuAl 4 with some PuAl 3. In addition, the preparation of PuCl 3 containing salt by carbochlorination of PuO 2 is described.

  3. Investigation of the oxidation states of Pu isotopes in a hydrochloric acid solution.

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    Lee, M H; Kim, J Y; Kim, W H; Jung, E C; Jee, K Y

    2008-12-01

    The characteristics of the oxidation states of Pu in a hydrochloric acid solution were investigated and the results were applied to a separating of Pu isotopes from IAEA reference soils. The oxidation states of Pu(III) and Pu(IV) were prepared by adding hydroxylamine hydrochloride and sodium nitrite to a Pu stock solution, respectively. Also, the oxidation state of Pu(VI) was adjusted with concentrated HNO(3) and HClO(4). The stability of the various oxidation states of plutonium in a HCl solution with elapsed time after preparation were found to be in the following order: Pu(III) approximately Pu(VI)>Pu(IV)>Pu(V). The chemical recoveries of Pu(IV) in a 9M HCl solution with an anion exchange resin were similar to those of Pu(VI). This method for the determination of Pu isotopes with an anion exchange resin in a 9M HCl medium was applied to IAEA reference soils where the activity concentrations of (239,240)Pu and (238)Pu in IAEA-375 and IAEA-326 were consistent with the reference values reported by the IAEA. PMID:18674920

  4. Study of thermodynamic properties of Pu-Al alloys in eutectic LiCl-KCl

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    Pyrochemical separation processes are considered as a promising alternative to the hydrometallurgical methods. A technique developed in ITU is based on electrochemical reduction of actinides on an Al cathode in molten salts. This work is focused on chemical characterisation and determination of thermodynamic properties of Pu-Al alloys. The alloys are formed on a solid Al electrode during Pu electrodeposition in molten LiCl-KCl Eutectic. A carbo-chlorination was applied to convert PuO2 added to the molten salt in order to produce a LiCl-KCl-PuCl3 (∼2 wt.%). It was proven, by electrochemical measurements, that the salt contained pure PuCl3 without impurities. Pu-Al alloy properties were studied in the temperature range of 400 - 550 deg. C by electrochemical techniques. Cyclic voltammetry showed one reduction step of Pu3+ on inert W electrode (Pu3+/Pu0). On reactive aluminium electrode, reduction of Pu3+ to Pu0 occurs at more positive potential due to the formation of Pu-Al intermetallic compounds. Open Circuit Potentiometric (OCP) measurements, after depositions of Pu metal onto the Al electrode by short galvanic electrolysis, were used to identify Pu-Al intermetallic compounds. The curves obtained after OCP measurements exhibits 6 plateaus which is in agreement with the Pu-Al phase diagram, containing 5 compounds stable at working temperature range. The thermodynamic properties of the Pu-Al alloys (ΔG, ΔH, ΔS) were deduced from those curves by e.m.f. measurements. Pu-Al deposits were obtained by galvano-static electrolyses on Al plates. XRD and SEM analysis revealed a mixture of PuAl3 and PuAl4 alloys. (authors)

  5. A study of accelerated radiation damage effects in PuO2 and gadolinia-stabilized cubic zirconia, Zr0.79Gd0.14Pu0.07O1.93, doped with 238Pu

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    Burakov, B. E.; Yagovkina, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of cubic zirconia, Zr0.79Gd0.14Pu0.07O1.93, doped with approximately 9.9 wt.% 238Pu, and PuO2 containing 11.0 wt. % 238Pu (and main isotope is 239Pu) have been repeatedly studied during many years by X-ray diffraction analysis. At a temperature of 25 °C the unit-cell parameter of PuO2 increases depending on accumulated dose, and is accompanied by decrease of coherent scattering region (CSR). Self-irradiation of Zr0.79Gd0.14Pu0.07O1.93 is accompanied with repeated change of unit-cell parameter and CSR.

  6. Pu(V) transport through Savannah River Site soils - an evaluation of a conceptual model of surface- mediated reduction to Pu (IV).

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    Powell, Brian A; Kaplan, Daniel I; Serkiz, Steven M; Coates, John T; Fjeld, Robert A

    2014-05-01

    Over the last fifteen years the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, USA, was selected as the site of three new plutonium facilities: the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility, and the Pu Immobilization Plant. In order to assess the potential human and environmental risk associated with these recent initiatives, improved understanding of the fate and transport of Pu in the SRS subsurface environment is necessary. The hypothesis of this study was that the more mobile forms of Pu, Pu(V) and Pu(VI), would be reduced to the less mobile Pu(III/IV) oxidation states under ambient SRS subsurface conditions. Laboratory-scale dynamic flow experiments (i.e., column studies) indicated that Pu(V) was very mobile in SRS sediments. At higher pH values the mobility of Pu decreased and the fraction of Pu that became irreversibly sorbed to the sediment increased, albeit, only slightly. Conversely, these column experiments showed that Pu(IV) was essentially immobile and was largely irreversibly sorbed to the sediment. More than 100 batch sorption experiments were also conducted with four end-member sediments, i.e., sediments that include the chemical, textural, and mineralogical properties likely to exist in the SRS. These tests were conducted as a function of initial Pu oxidation state, pH, and contact time and consistently demonstrated that although Pu(V) sorbed initially quite weakly to sediments, it slowly, over the course of oxidation state of the dissolved Pu introduced into a SRS sediment system, Pu(IV) controls the environmental transport within a couple weeks and Pu strongly binds to the sediment, limiting its mobility. PMID:24238838

  7. Vertical distribution of 241Pu in the southern Baltic Sea sediments

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    Highlights: • The unique study on 241Pu in sediments from the southern Baltic Sea was presented. • 241Pu was determined using alpha spectrometry by indirect method. • The biggest amount of 241Pu existed in the surface layers of all analyzed sediments. • The highest 241Pu amount comes from the Chernobyl accident. - Abstract: The vertical distribution of plutonium 241Pu in marine sediments can assist in determining the deposition history and sedimentation process of analyzed regions. In addition, 241Pu/239+240Pu activity ratio could be used as a sensitive fingerprint for radioactive source identification. The present preliminary studies on vertical distribution of 241Pu in sediments from four regions of the southern Baltic Sea are presented. The distribution of 241Pu was not uniform and depended on sediment geomorphology and depth as well as location. The highest concentrations of plutonium were found in the surface layers of all analyzed sediments and originated from the Chernobyl accident

  8. Electronic and thermodynamic properties of α-Pu2O3

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    Lu, Yong; Yang, Yu; Zheng, Fawei; Zhang, Ping

    2014-08-01

    Based on density functional theory+U calculations and the quasi-annealing simulation method, we obtain the ground electronic state for α-Pu2O3 and present its phonon dispersion curves as well as various thermodynamic properties, which have seldom been theoretically studied because of the huge unit cell. We find that the Pu-O chemical bonding is weaker in α-Pu2O3 than in fluorite PuO2, and subsequently a frequency gap appears between oxygen and plutonium vibration density of states. Based on the calculated Helmholtz free energies at different temperatures, we further study the reaction energies for Pu oxidation, PuO2 reduction, and transformation between PuO2 and α-Pu2O3. Our reaction energy results are in agreements with available experiment. And it is revealed that high temperature and insufficient oxygen environment are in favor of the formation of α-Pu2O3.

  9. Vertical distribution and migration of global fallout Pu in forest soils in southwestern China

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    Soil samples collected in southwestern China were analyzed for Pu isotopes. The 240Pu/239Pu atom ratios were around 0.18, which indicated the dominant source of global fallout. Consistent sub-surface maximums followed by exponential decline of 239+240Pu activities in the soil cores were observed. Most of the Pu has still remained in the 0–10 cm layers since its deposition. Convection velocities and dispersion coefficients for Pu migration in the soils were estimated by the convection–dispersion equation (CDE) model. The effective convection velocities and effective dispersion coefficients ranged from 0.05 to 0.11 cm/y and from 0.06 to 0.29 cm2/y, respectively. Other factors that control the vertical migration of Pu in soil besides precipitation, soil particle size distribution and organic matter were suggested. Long-term migration behaviors of Pu in the soils were simulated. The results provide the Pu background baseline for further environmental monitoring and source identification of non-global fallout Pu inputs in the future. - Highlights: • Pu isotopes in the soil cores collected in southwestern China were analyzed. • Background baseline data of Pu isotopes in the soils were given. • Parameters of convection–dispersion equation model for Pu migration were estimated. • Long-term migration behavior of Pu in soil was simulated

  10. Chemical behaviour of Np, Pu and Am in aquatic solutions

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    The chemical behaviour of Np, Am and Pu has been studied in aquatic systems of various ionic strength and NaCl concentrations as well as in natural groundwaters. Basic chemical reactions investigated are hydrolysis reaction of Np(V), Pu(IV) and Am(III), carbonate complexation of Pu(IV) and Am(III), and redox reaction of Pu and Am induced by α-radiolysis in brine solutions. The α-induced radiolysis reactions in NaCl solutions are carefully evaluated. The generation of real-colloids of Am(III) and Pu(IV) and the generation of Am(III)-pseudo-colloids through sorption of Am3+ on groundwater-colloids have been also investigated. The natural groundwater-colloids and humic substances, being present in Gorleben groundwaters, are characterized systematically in order to facilate a better understanding of colloid generation in a given groundwater. Transuranium ions in solution have been speciated either by UV-VIS spectroscopy for relatively high concentrations or by Laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy (LPAS) for sub-μmol concentrations. (orig.)

  11. LEAD SLOWING DOWN SPECTROSCOPY FOR DIRECT Pu MASS MEASUREMENTS

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    The direct measurement of Pu in previously irradiated fuel assemblies is a recognized need in the international safeguards community. A suitable technology could support more timely and independent material control and accounting (MC and A) measurements at nuclear fuel storage areas, the head-end of reprocessing facilities, and at the product-end of recycled fuel fabrication. Lead slowing down spectroscopy (LSDS) may be a viable solution for directly measuring not only the mass of 239Pu in fuel assemblies, but also the masses of other fissile isotopes such as 235U and 241Pu. To assess the potential viability of LSDS, an LSDS spectrometer was modeled in MCNP5 and 'virtual assays' of nominal PWR assemblies ranging from 0 to 60 GWd/MTU burnup were completed. Signal extraction methods, including the incorporation of nonlinear fitting to account for self-shielding effects in strong resonance regions, are described. Quantitative estimates of Pu uncertainty are given for simplistic and more realistic fuel isotopic inventories calculated using ORIGEN. A discussion of additional signal-perturbing effects that will be addressed in future work, and potential signal extraction approaches that could improve Pu mass uncertainties, are also discussed

  12. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurement on $^{238}$Pu at DANCE

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    Chyzh, A; Wu, C Y

    2011-02-14

    The proposed neutron capture measurement for {sup 238}Pu was carried out in Nov-Dec, 2010, using the DANCE array at LANSCE, LANL. The total beam-on-target time is about 14 days plus additional 5 days for the background measurement. The target was prepared at LLNL with the new electrplating cell capable of plating the {sup 238}Pu isotope simultaneously on both sides of the 3-{micro}m thick Ti backing foil. A total mass of 395 {micro}g with an activity of 6.8 mCi was deposited onto the area of 7 mm in diameter. The {sup 238}Pu sample was enriched to 99.35%. The target was covered by 1.4 {micro}m double-side aluminized mylar and then inserted into a specially designed vacuum-tight container, shown in Fig. 1, for the {sup 238}Pu containment. The container was tested for leaks in the vacuum chamber at LLNL. An identical container without {sup 238}Pu was made as well and used as a blank for the background measurement.

  13. Neutron Capture Cross Section Measurement on 238Pu at DANCE

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    The proposed neutron capture measurement for 238Pu was carried out in Nov-Dec, 2010, using the DANCE array at LANSCE, LANL. The total beam-on-target time is about 14 days plus additional 5 days for the background measurement. The target was prepared at LLNL with the new electrplating cell capable of plating the 238Pu isotope simultaneously on both sides of the 3-(micro)m thick Ti backing foil. A total mass of 395 (micro)g with an activity of 6.8 mCi was deposited onto the area of 7 mm in diameter. The 238Pu sample was enriched to 99.35%. The target was covered by 1.4 (micro)m double-side aluminized mylar and then inserted into a specially designed vacuum-tight container, shown in Fig. 1, for the 238Pu containment. The container was tested for leaks in the vacuum chamber at LLNL. An identical container without 238Pu was made as well and used as a blank for the background measurement.

  14. Oxygen induced transformations of the δ-Pu(111) surface

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    Taylor, Christopher D.

    2013-12-01

    The oxides that form on metal surfaces are critical to the preservation of the material under oxidizing conditions. For the case of plutonium, oxide film properties may affect a variety of kinetic phenomena related to the corrosion of the material. To investigate the behavior of the metal-oxygen interactions critical to the formation of such passive films, electronic structure calculations were performed on the interactions between O and the δ-Pu(111) surface. By probing the relationship between structure (coordination), charge transfer (valence) and thermodynamics (reactivity), it was found that oxidation is initially a local phenomenon, but, at 1.0 ML oxygen coverage, significant reconstructions that alter the phase structure of the near-surface region are induced. At this high-surface coverage the surface metal atoms are disbonded and the Pusbnd O coordination becomes four-fold as opposed to three fold. Even at this high coverage, however, the charge state more closely resembles Pu2O3 rather than PuO2. The ability for surface Pu atoms to adapt to a variety of changes in charge state and coordination provides a fundamental basis for understanding the multilayer structure of passive films formed on clean Pu surfaces. An analysis using first-principles thermodynamics also suggests that these films should develop uniformly, and not via an island or columnar growth mechanism.

  15. The I-Pu-Xe age of the Moon

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    Swindle, T. D.; Caffee, M. W.; Hohenberg, C. M.

    1984-01-01

    The Rb-Sr analyses of some lunar samples which indicate that the Moon is close to the age of primitive meteorites are only reliable to within about 100 m.y. A potentially more precise chronometer is the I-Pu-Xe system. I129 has a 17 m.y. halflife and decays to Xe129; Pu244, with an 82 m.y. halflife, produces Xe131 to Xe136 in fission. The I129/Pu244 ratio has a halflife of 21 m.y. Xenon retention for the Earth could have begun as late as the event that gave birth to the Moon. For the Moon, it is hard to imagine that xenon retention could have begun before re-accretion of the fissioned (and initially dispersed?) material, particularly if that material got hot enough to account for the depletion of the volatile elements. Thus, if fission model are correct, xenon retention in the Earth certainly began no later than in the Moon, and possibly began earlier. Therefore, the I-Pu-Xe system is only marginally consistent with a fission origin. If further study confirms that the I/U ratio of the Moon is .01 or less, or if gas-rich lunar highland breccias with higher ratios of I129 to Pu244 are found, it would be difficult to explain the results in an earth-fission model of lunar origin.

  16. Pu(V) transport through Savannah River Site soils - an evaluation of a conceptual model of surface- mediated reduction to Pu (IV).

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    Powell, Brian A; Kaplan, Daniel I; Serkiz, Steven M; Coates, John T; Fjeld, Robert A

    2014-05-01

    Over the last fifteen years the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, USA, was selected as the site of three new plutonium facilities: the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility, and the Pu Immobilization Plant. In order to assess the potential human and environmental risk associated with these recent initiatives, improved understanding of the fate and transport of Pu in the SRS subsurface environment is necessary. The hypothesis of this study was that the more mobile forms of Pu, Pu(V) and Pu(VI), would be reduced to the less mobile Pu(III/IV) oxidation states under ambient SRS subsurface conditions. Laboratory-scale dynamic flow experiments (i.e., column studies) indicated that Pu(V) was very mobile in SRS sediments. At higher pH values the mobility of Pu decreased and the fraction of Pu that became irreversibly sorbed to the sediment increased, albeit, only slightly. Conversely, these column experiments showed that Pu(IV) was essentially immobile and was largely irreversibly sorbed to the sediment. More than 100 batch sorption experiments were also conducted with four end-member sediments, i.e., sediments that include the chemical, textural, and mineralogical properties likely to exist in the SRS. These tests were conducted as a function of initial Pu oxidation state, pH, and contact time and consistently demonstrated that although Pu(V) sorbed initially quite weakly to sediments, it slowly, over the course of Pu(IV). This is consistent with our hypothesis that Pu(V) is reduced to the more strongly sorbing form of Pu, Pu(IV). These studies provide important experimental support for a conceptual geochemical model for dissolved Pu in a highly weathered subsurface environment. That is that, irrespective of the initial oxidation state of the dissolved Pu introduced into a SRS sediment system, Pu(IV) controls the environmental transport within a couple weeks and Pu strongly binds to the sediment, limiting its mobility.

  17. LA-ICP-MS for Pu source identification at Mayak PA, the Urals, Russia.

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    Cagno, S; Hellemans, K; Lind, O C; Skipperud, L; Janssens, K; Salbu, B

    2014-02-01

    Information on Pu in environmental samples is traditionally based on the determination of the (240+239)Pu activity via Alpha Spectrometry (AS). A large number of alpha spectrometry sources (planchettes) containing radiochemically separated Pu are therefore stored worldwide and are available for further analyses. These archive samples represent a resource from which valuable information on isotopic composition of alpha emitters including Pu can be obtained. The relative abundances of Pu isotopes can be used to trace specific Pu sources and characterize the relative contributions of different Pu sources in a sample. Thus, in addition to the total (239+240)Pu activity, determination of the (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratio can provide valuable information on the nature of the Pu emitting sources. The Pu isotopic ratios can be determined by mass spectrometry techniques such as Sector Field Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (SF-ICPMS) or Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) that require dissolution and complete destruction of the material deposited on the planchettes. In this study Laser Ablation (LA)-quadrupole-ICP-MS has been employed for the analysis of (239)Pu/(240)Pu ratios from alpha-planchettes prepared from samples originating from the Mayak PA nuclear facility, Russia. The results are compared with data from AMS and show that the (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios obtained by LA-ICP-MS can be utilized to distinguish weapons-grade Pu from civil reprocessing sources. Moreover, isotope ratio mapping can also be performed across the planchettes, allowing e.g. the visualization of possible inhomogeneities in the Pu-isotope distribution on their surface. Thus, this solid sample technique can be applied to extract additional information from existing archives of samples.

  18. ICE1 of Pyrus ussuriensis functions in cold tolerance by enhancing PuDREBa transcriptional levels through interacting with PuHHP1

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    Huang, Xiaosan; Li, Kongqing; Jin, Cong; Zhang, Shaoling

    2015-12-01

    ICE1 transcription factor plays an important role in plant cold stress via regulating the expression of stress-responsive genes. In this study, a PuICE1 gene isolated from Pyrus ussuriensis was characterized for its function in cold tolerance. The expression levels of the PuICE1 were induced by cold, dehydration and salt, with the greatest induction under cold conditions. PuICE1 was localized in the nucleus and could bind specifically to the MYC element in the PuDREBa promoter. The PuICE1 fused to the GAL4 DNA-binding domain to have transcriptional activation activity. Ectopic expression of the PuICE1 in tomato conferred enhanced tolerance to cold stress at cold temperatures, less electrolyte leakage, less MDA content, higher chlorophyll content, higher survival rate, higher proline content, higher activities of enzymes. In additon, steady-state mRNA levels of six stress-responsive genes coding for either functional or regulatory genes were induced to higher levels in the transgenic lines by cold stress. Yeast two-hybrid, transient assay, split luciferase complementation and BiFC assays all revealed that PuHHP1 protein can physically interact with PuICE1. Taken together, these results demonstrated that PuICE1 plays a positive role in cold tolerance, which may be due to enhancement of PuDREBa transcriptional levels through interacting with the PuHHP1.

  19. Observation of cold fission in 242Pu spontaneous fission

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    Coincidence γ-ray data from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu were collected at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory high purity Ge (HPGe) array, GAMMASPHERE. Data from several cold-fission (0 neutron emission) isotopic pairs were observed and are presented. An interesting trend in the fractional population of cold-fission events was observed and is discussed. Relative yields of Zr-Xe, Sr-Ba, and Mo-Te pairs were measured. The Zr-Xe system has the most complete data set. Some speculations on the trend in the number of neutrons emitted as a function of the mass of the Xe isotope populated are presented. Comparisons between the yields from the spontaneous fission of 242Pu and the yields from thermal-neutron-induced fission of 241Pu are also presented. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  20. Analytical Method for Pu-239, Pu-240, Np-237 and Tc-99 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    An efficient analytical method for Pu isotopes (Pu-239 and Pu-240), Np-237 and Tc-99 in environmental samples has been developed using sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SF-ICPMS) detection. The chemical separation of Pu in terrestrial samples, soil, and sediment was carried out on two extraction resins, Sr-Spec and TEVA, which were sequentially combined in PrepLab, an integrated liquid handing device. By reducing the final eluent volume to 2.4 mL, directly injecting it to SF-ICPMS, and employing MCN-6000, a membrane desolvating sample introduction system, the analysis of Pu isotopes was found to be feasible in 1 g of soil. The detection limits of Pu-239, Pu-240, and Pu-242 were approximately 4 fg mL-1 (9.2 Bq mL-1), 3 fg mL-1 (25 Bq mL-1), and 6 fg mL-1 (0.87 Bq mL-1), which represent total amounts of 9.6, 7.2, and 14 fg, respectively, in the final eluent. Chemical separation and measurement were fully automated by a sequential injection (SI) program in an on-line system, and the analysis could thereby be completed within roughly 5 hours. The reliability of this method was confirmed by a validity test with several certified standard reference materials (NIST-4350b, IAEA-6, IAEA-300, IAEA-367, IAEA-368, IAEA-375). The analytical method for Pu in environmental seawater is different from that of terrestrial samples owing to the strong interference effect of U as well as ultra-low level Pu. Although the principle of chemical separation is nearly the same as in soil, seawater was co-precipitated with Fe(OH)2 in the pre-treatment step and a micro TEVA column (50 L) was used in the on-line system to improve precision and the lower detection limit. With this method, it was possible to analyze ultra-trace level Pu isotopes in only 5 L of surface seawater within 1 day, and the precision for Pu-239 and Pu-240 was less than 3.4% (n=7) and 5% (n=7), respectively. The accuracy of this method was verified by analysis of reference seawater (IAEA-381) as

  1. Deducing the 236Pu(n,f) and 237Pu(n,f) cross sections via the surrogate ratio method

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    Hughes, R. O.; Beausang, C. W.; Ross, T. J.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; McCleskey, M.; Cooper, N.; Escher, J. E.; Gell, K. B.; Good, E.; Humby, P.; Saastimoinen, A.; Tarlow, T. D.

    2013-10-01

    The short half-lives associated with certain minor actinide nuclei that are relevant to stockpile stewardship pursuits and the development of next-generation nuclear reactors make direct neutron measurements very challenging. In certain cases, a stable beam and target ``surrogate reaction'' can be used in lieu of the neutron-induced reaction, and the (n,f) cross section can then be deduced indirectly. Agreement between surrogate and direct measurements for (n,f) cross sections in actinide nuclei is usually within 10%. The present work reports on the measurement of the 236Pu(n,f) and 237Pu(n,f) cross sections via 239Pu(p,tf) and 239Pu(p,df) surrogate reactions, respectively. The experiment was performed at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Facility using a 28.5 MeV proton beam to bombard 239Pu and 235U targets. Outgoing light ions were detected in coincidence with fission fragments using the STAR-LiTe detector array. Results of the analysis will be presented. This work was supported by DoE Grant Numbers: DE-FG52-09NA29454 and DE-FG02-05ER41379 (Richmond), DE-AC52-07NA27344 (LLNL) and DE-FG52-09NA29467 (TAMU).

  2. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements and Electronic Structure of Pu(IV) in [(Me)4N]2PuCl6.

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    Mounce, Andrew M; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Koutroulakis, Georgios; Lee, Jeongseop A; Cho, Herman; Gendron, Frédéric; Zurek, Eva; Scott, Brian L; Trujillo, Julie A; Slemmons, Alice K; Cross, Justin N; Thompson, Joe D; Kozimor, Stosh A; Bauer, Eric D; Autschbach, Jochen; Clark, David L

    2016-09-01

    The synthesis, electronic structure, and characterization via single-crystal X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and magnetic susceptibility of (Me4N)2PuCl6 are reported. NMR measurements were performed to both search for the direct (239)Pu resonance and to obtain local magnetic and electronic information at the Cl site through (35)Cl and (37)Cl spectra. No signature of (239)Pu NMR was observed. The temperature dependence of the Cl spectra was simulated by diagonalizing the Zeeman and quadrupolar Hamiltonians for (35)Cl, (37)Cl, and (14)N isotopes. Electronic structure calculations predict a magnetic Γ5 triplet ground state of Pu(IV) in the crystalline electric field of the undistorted PuCl6 octahedron. A tetragonal distortion would result in a very small splitting (∼20 cm(-1)) of the triplet ground state into a nonmagnetic singlet and a doublet state. The Cl shifts have an inflection point at T ≈ 15 K, differing from the bulk susceptibility, indicating a nonmagnetic crystal field ground state. The Cl spin-lattice relaxation time is constant to T = 15 K, below which it rapidly increases, also supporting the nonmagnetic crystal field ground state.

  3. Analytical Method for Pu-239, Pu-240, Np-237 and Tc-99 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Kim, Cheol Su

    2007-02-15

    An efficient analytical method for Pu isotopes (Pu-239 and Pu-240), Np-237 and Tc-99 in environmental samples has been developed using sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SF-ICPMS) detection. The chemical separation of Pu in terrestrial samples, soil, and sediment was carried out on two extraction resins, Sr-Spec and TEVA, which were sequentially combined in PrepLab, an integrated liquid handing device. By reducing the final eluent volume to 2.4 mL, directly injecting it to SF-ICPMS, and employing MCN-6000, a membrane desolvating sample introduction system, the analysis of Pu isotopes was found to be feasible in 1 g of soil. The detection limits of Pu-239, Pu-240, and Pu-242 were approximately 4 fg mL-1 (9.2 Bq mL-1), 3 fg mL-1 (25 Bq mL-1), and 6 fg mL-1 (0.87 Bq mL-1), which represent total amounts of 9.6, 7.2, and 14 fg, respectively, in the final eluent. Chemical separation and measurement were fully automated by a sequential injection (SI) program in an on-line system, and the analysis could thereby be completed within roughly 5 hours. The reliability of this method was confirmed by a validity test with several certified standard reference materials (NIST-4350b, IAEA-6, IAEA-300, IAEA-367, IAEA-368, IAEA-375). The analytical method for Pu in environmental seawater is different from that of terrestrial samples owing to the strong interference effect of U as well as ultra-low level Pu. Although the principle of chemical separation is nearly the same as in soil, seawater was co-precipitated with Fe(OH)2 in the pre-treatment step and a micro TEVA column (50 L) was used in the on-line system to improve precision and the lower detection limit. With this method, it was possible to analyze ultra-trace level Pu isotopes in only 5 L of surface seawater within 1 day, and the precision for Pu-239 and Pu-240 was less than 3.4% (n=7) and 5% (n=7), respectively. The accuracy of this method was verified by analysis of reference seawater (IAEA-381) as

  4. Transuranic concentrations in reef and pelagic fish from the Marshall Islands. [/sup 239/Pu, /sup 240/Pu

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    Noshkin, V.E.; Eagle, R.J.; Wong, K.M.; Jokela, T.A.

    1980-09-01

    Concentrations of /sup 239 + 240/Pu are reported in tissues of several species of reef and pelagic fish caught at 14 different atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Several regularities that are species dependent are evident in the distribution of /sup 239 + 240/Pu among different body tissues. Concentrations in liver always exceeded those in bone and concentrations were lowest in the muscle of all fish analyzed. A progressive discrimination against /sup 239 + 240/Pu was observed at successive trophic levels at all atolls except Bikini and Enewetak, where it was difficult to conclude if any real difference exists between the average concentration factor for /sup 239 + 240/Pu among all fish, which include bottom feeding and grazing herbivores, bottom feeding carnivores, and pelagic carnivores from different atoll locations. The average concentration of /sup 239 + 240/Pu in the muscle of surgeonfish from Bikini and Enewetak was not significantly different from the average concentrations determined in these fish at the other, lesser contaminated atolls. Concentrations among all 3rd, 4th, and 5th trophic level species are highest at Bikini where higher environmental concentrations are found. The reasons for the anomalously low concentrations in herbivores from Bikini and Enewetak are not known.

  5. Pu236(n,f), Pu237(n,f), and Pu238(n,f) cross sections deduced from (p,t), (p,d), and (p,p') surrogate reactions

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    Hughes, R. O.; Beausang, C. W.; Ross, T. J.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Cooper, N.; Escher, J. E.; Gell, K.; Good, E.; Humby, P.; McCleskey, M.; Saastimoinen, A.; Tarlow, T. D.; Thompson, I. J.

    2014-07-01

    The Pu236(n,f), Pu237(n,f) and Pu238(n,f) cross sections have been inferred by utilizing the surrogate ratio method. Targets of Pu239 and U235 were bombarded with 28.5-MeV protons, and the light ion recoils, as well as fission fragments, were detected using the STARS detector array at the K150 Cyclotron at the Texas A&M cyclotron facility. The (p, tf) reaction on Pu239 and U235 targets was used to deduce the σ (Pu236(n ,f))/σ(U232(n,f)) ratio, and the Pu236(n,f) cross section was subsequently determined for En=0.5-7.5 MeV. Similarly, the (p,df) reaction on the same two targets was used to deduce the σ(Pu237(n ,f))/σ(U233(n,f)) ratio, and the Pu237(n,f) cross section was extracted in the energy range En=0.5-7 MeV. The Pu238(n,f) cross section was also deduced by utilizing the (p,p') reaction channel on the same targets. There is good agreement with the recent ENDF/B-VII.1 evaluated cross section data for Pu238(n,f) in the range En=0.5-10.5 MeV and for Pu237(n,f) in the range En=0.5-7 MeV; however, the Pu236(n,f) cross section deduced in the present work is higher than the evaluation between 2 and 7 MeV.

  6. Toxicity of inhaled 238PuO2 II

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    Studies are in progress to determine dose-response relationships for inhaled 238PuO2. Beagle dogs were given a single, brief, nose-only inhalation exposure to aerosols of monodisperse particles of 238PuO2. Aerosols of two sizes were used, 1.5 μm aerodynamic diameter (AD) and 3.0 μm AD. Dogs were exposed to achieve initial lung burdens of 0.56, 0.28, 0.14, 0.07, 0.03 or 0.01 μCi 238PuO2/kg body weight. Twelve dogs were exposed at each activity level to each aerosol particle size. The local dose around each 3.0 μm AD particle was 10 times higher than the local dose around 1.5 μm AD particles, but the dose averaged over the whole lung was the same at each activity level for both particle sizes. The lung retention of 238Pu was divided into two phases of clearance. During the first 100 days after exposure, the average retention half-time for 238Pu in the lung was 310 days. When the solubility changed due to particle breakup, the retention half-time decreased to 180 days during the period from 1OO to 1,500 days after exposure. The first biological effects observed were lymphopenia and neutropenia in peripheral blood. To date, 28 Beagle dogs have died at times from 536 to 1683 days after exposure. Initial lung burdens for the dead dogs ranged from 0.18 to 2.2 μCi 238Pu/kg body weight. Nine died with radiation pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis, 10 died with lung tumors and 19 dogs died with bone tumors. There are 116 exposed and 22 control dogs surviving and under observation. Current patterns of dose versus response are discussed. (author)

  7. Random Probability Analysis of 48Ca +239Pu Experimental Data

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    Strauss, S. Y.; Henderson, R. A.; Stoyer, M. A.; Abdullin, A. F. Sh.; Brewer, N. T.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Grzywacz, R. K.; Hamilton, J. H.; Itkis, M. G.; Miernik, K.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Polyakov, A. N.; Roberto, J. B.; Rykaczewski, K. P.; Sabelnikov, A. V.; Sagaidak, R. N.; Shirokovsky, I. V.; Shumeyko, M. V.; Subbotin, V. G.; Sukhov, A. M.; Tsyganov, Yu. S.; Utyonkov, V. K.; Voinov, A. A.; Vostokin, G. K.

    2014-09-01

    Element 114 (Fl), was discovered at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR) using the 48Ca +244Pu reaction and the Dubna Gas-Filled Recoil Separator (DGFRS). The structural properties of the super heavy elements are still largely unknown. The extent of the region of enhanced stability near Z = 114 and N = 184 is not completely known. To examine these properties, a new experimental data set has been taken using the 48Ca +239Pu reaction at the DGFRS, in an effort to look for lighter isotopes of Fl. Progress on the production of lighter isotopes of Fl, cross-section measurements, and any nuclear decay properties will be discussed. Comparisons with reactions using heavier 242,244Pu targets and Monte Carlo random probability analysis will be highlighted. Element 114 (Fl), was discovered at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR) using the 48Ca +244Pu reaction and the Dubna Gas-Filled Recoil Separator (DGFRS). The structural properties of the super heavy elements are still largely unknown. The extent of the region of enhanced stability near Z = 114 and N = 184 is not completely known. To examine these properties, a new experimental data set has been taken using the 48Ca +239Pu reaction at the DGFRS, in an effort to look for lighter isotopes of Fl. Progress on the production of lighter isotopes of Fl, cross-section measurements, and any nuclear decay properties will be discussed. Comparisons with reactions using heavier 242,244Pu targets and Monte Carlo random probability analysis will be highlighted. This work was performed under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and Grant DE-NA0002135.

  8. Electronic structure of Pu-Ce(-Ga) and Pu-Am(-Ga) alloys, stabilized in the {delta} phase; Structure electronique d'alliages Pu-Ce(-Ga) et Pu-Am(-Ga) stabilises en phase {delta}

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    Dormeval, M

    2001-09-01

    The behaviour of {delta}-plutonium, stable between 319 and 451 deg C, exhibits numerous singularities which are still a mystery for both physicists and metallurgists. This is due to its complex electronic structure, and in particular to the 5f electrons, which are at the edge between localization and delocalization. The stability domain of the {delta} phase can be extended down to room temperature by alloying with so called 'deltagen atoms' such as gallium (Ga), aluminum (A1), cerium (Ce) or americium (Am). The present work deals, one the one hand, with the influence of cerium and americium solutes regarding the localization of the 5f electrons of {delta}-plutonium, in binary Pu-Ce and Pu-Am alloys. On the other hand, the effect of two different deltagen solutes, simultaneously present, on the stability of the {delta} phase has been studied in ternary Pu-Am-Ga and Pu-Ce-Ga alloys. The electronic structure being strongly related to the crystalline organization, characterization methods such as X-Ray diffraction and EXAFS measurements were used together with electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility experiments. These showed that the roles of cerium and americium, supposed to be similar at the beginning of this investigation, are actually very different. Moreover, the additive effect of cerium and gallium, and, americium and gallium, has been demonstrated. Studying plutonium alloys, which are radioactive, also means following their evolution in time. The characteristics of the alloys have then been followed which allowed to detect, in Pu-Ce(-Ga) alloys, a destabilization of the {delta} phase and, to observe, in Pu-Am(-Ga) alloys, the influence of self-irradiation defects on the magnetic response. (author)

  9. Economical Production of Pu-238: NIAC Phase I Final Report

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    Howe, Steven D.; Crawford, Douglas; Navarro, Jorge; O'Brien, Robert C.; Katalenich, Jeff; Ring, Terry

    2016-01-01

    All space exploration missions traveling beyond Jupiter must use radioisotopic power sources for electrical power. The best isotope to power these sources is plutonium-238 (Pu-238). The US supply of Pu-238 is almost exhausted and will be gone within the next decade. The Department of Energy has initiated a production program with a $10M allocation from NASA but the cost is estimated at over $100M to get to production levels. The Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) has conceived of a potentially better process to produce Pu-238 earlier and for significantly less cost. Potentially, the front end capital costs could be provided by private industry such that the government only had to pay for the product produced. In the Phase I NIAC (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts) grant, the CSNR has evaluated the feasibility of using a low power, commercially available nuclear reactor to produce 1.5 kg of Pu-238 per year. The impact on the neutronics of the reactor have been assessed, the amount of Neptunium target material estimated, and the production rates calculated. In addition, the size of the post-irradiation processing facility has been established. Finally, as the study progressed, a new method for fabricating the Pu-238 product into the form used for power sources has been identified to reduce the cost of the final product. In short, the concept appears to be viable, can produce the amount of Pu-238 needed to support the NASA missions, can be available within a few years, and will cost significantly less than the current DOE program.

  10. The stability of Pu(III) in sorption studies

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    Full text of publication follows: Plutonium has been studied in a number of instances in conjunction with its expected behavior in a geological repository for spent nuclear fuel. In the case of no reprocessing, plutonium will make up about one percent of the spent fuel and be one of the constituents that contribute the most to the long storage time that is demanded. Sorption onto mineral surfaces is one of the mechanisms that are believed to limit the migration of dissolved waste products from a repository. Studies of plutonium in solution tend to encounter trouble with the stability of the oxidation state as work is done on the tri-, tetra- and pentavalent states. The work presented here is a summary of results on the seemingly first sorption experiments done using Pu(III) as a sorbate. It shows some of the limitations of what can be done with Pu(III) in such experiments, and has yielded some sorption data as a function of pH on TiO2 and UO2. Pu(III) is quite prone to oxidize in the presence of oxygen. This tendency needs to be suppressed during a sorption experiment. Three degrees of oxygen exclusion and provision of reducing conditions have been applied and are compared: - A glove-box, in contact with the ambient atmosphere, hosting a vessel of Pu(III) solution through which a 4% hydrogen/argon gas mix was bubbled in the presence of a catalyst. - An inert gas box (N2) with 2. - The same inert gas box with a reducing sorbent sorbent. The results of the experiments show that the conditions under the first point were not sufficient to keep plutonium trivalent. There was considerably more success in an inert glove-box where batch sorption experiments (10-6 M Pu) have been done on TiO2 and UO2. Of these oxides, TiO2 does not affect the oxidation state of a Pu solution, while UO2 is a powerful reductant. Cations of higher effective charges tend to sorb more strongly. It is absolutely essential to have an idea about the oxidation state during the experiment, or

  11. Fabrication of 12% {sup 240}Pu calorimetry standards

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    Long, S.M.; Hildner, S.; Gutierrez, D.; Mills, C.; Garcia, W.; Gurule, C.

    1995-08-01

    Throughout the DOE complex, laboratories are performing calorimetric assays on items containing high burnup plutonium. These materials contain higher isotopic range and higher wattages than materials previously encountered in vault holdings. Currently, measurement control standards have been limited to utilizing 6% {sup 240}Pu standards. The lower isotopic and wattage value standards do not complement the measurement of the higher burnup material. Participants of the Calorimetry Exchange (CALEX) Program have identified the need for new calorimetric assay standards with a higher wattage and isotopic range. This paper describes the fabrication and verification measurements of the new CALEX standard containing 12% {sup 240}Pu oxide with a wattage of about 6 to 8 watts.

  12. Electrochemical behavior of U and Pu in the molten salts

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    Shirai, Osamu; Iwai, Takashi; Arai, Yasuo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Research Establishment; Uozumi, Kohichi [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)

    2001-12-01

    Thermodynamic evaluation are performed for the diffusion coefficient and oxidation redaction potential of U and Pu in the LiCl-KCl eutectic salt through the measurements of their electrodeposition and solution by electric cyclic-voltammetry and potentiometry. On the electrode reaction of U and Pu at the liquid electrode (Cd, Bi) the positive-shift reaction mechanism of oxidation reduction potential is made clear, which is important in the development of dry reprocessing technology. The formation free energy of the metallic compound with Cd or Bi is also evaluated. (H. Katsuta)

  13. Monte Carlo simulations of the stability of delta-Pu

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    Landa, A.; Soderlind, P.; Ruban, Andrei

    2003-01-01

    The transition temperature (T-c) for delta-Pu has been calculated for the first time. A Monte Carlo method is employed for this purpose and the effective cluster interactions are obtained from first-principles calculations incorporated with the Connolly-Williams and generalized perturbation methods....... It is found that at T-c similar to 548 K, delta-Pu undergoes transformation from a disordered magnetic state to a structure with an anti ferromagnetic spin alignment that is mechanically unstable with respect to tetragonal distortion. The calculated transition temperature is in good agreement...

  14. Reductive dissolution of Pu(IV) by Clostridium sp. under anaerobic conditions.

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    Francis, Arokiasamy J; Dodge, Cleveland J; Gillow, Jeffrey B

    2008-04-01

    An anaerobic, gram positive, spore-forming bacterium Clostridium sp., common in soils and wastes, capable of reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II), Mn(IV) to Mn(II), Tc(VII) to Tc(IV), and U(VI) to U(IV), reduced Pu(IV) to Pu(III). Addition of 242Pu (IV)-nitrate to the bacterial growth medium at pH 6.4 resulted in the precipitation of Pu as amorphous Pu(OH)4 due to hydrolysis and polymerization reactions. The Pu (1 x 10(-5) M) had no effect upon growth of the bacterium as evidenced by glucose consumption; carbon dioxide and hydrogen production; a decrease in pH of the medium from 6.4 to 3.0 due to production of acetic and butyric acids from glucose fermentation; and a change in the Eh of the culture medium from +50 to -180 mV. Commensurate with bacterial growth, Pu was rapidly solubilized as evidenced by an increase in Pu concentration in solution which passed through a 0.03 microm filtration. Selective solvent extraction of the culture by thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) indicated the presence of a reduced Pu species in the soluble fraction. X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopic (XANES) analysis of Pu in the culture sample at the Pu LIII absorption edge (18.054 keV) showed a shift of -3 eV compared to a Pu(IV) standard indicating reduction of Pu(IV) to Pu(III). These results suggestthat, although Pu generally exists as insoluble Pu(IV) in the environment, under appropriate conditions, anaerobic microbial activity could affect the long-term stability and mobility of Pu by its reductive dissolution.

  15. Measurement of the fission cross-section of $^{240}$Pu and $^{242}$Pu at CERN's n_TOF Facility

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    Pavlik, A F; Gonzalez romero, E M

    The n_TOF Collaboration proposes to continue the fission program, already started in 2002-2004, taking advantage of the newly constructed Work Sector Type A, with the measurement of the two isotopes : $^{240}$ Pu and $^{242}$ Pu. They are both of major importance for reactor physics applications and are included in the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) High Priority List [1], in the NEA WPEC Subgroup 26 Report on the accuracy of nuclear data for advanced reactor designe [2] and in the EU 6$^{th}$ Framework Programme IP-EUROTRANS/NUDATRA reports [3]. Based on those requests, the measurement of the fission cross-section of the two Pu isotopes is one of the objectives of the project ANDES of the FP7 EURATOM program [4].

  16. Refinement of Pu parent-daughter isotopic and concentration analysis for forensic (dating) purposes

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    Plutonium (Pu) metal samples from an interlaboratory exchange exercise and simulated swipe samples were dated using plutonium-uranium (Pu-U) and plutonium-americium (Pu-Am). Metal data were evaluated for consistency and the swipe data against its source material. Metal ages based on 239Pu versus 235U and 240Pu versus 236U agreed to within a few percent, while the 238Pu-234U and 241Pu-241Am measurements had larger uncertainties. Swipe ages compared favorably with the material's known history. Neptunium (237Np) analyses were examined in the context of the 241Pu-241Am-237Np system to estimate whether Np can provide insights on material from which Am, Np, and U were removed. (author)

  17. Biogeochemical Cycling and Environmental Stability of Pu Relevant to Long-Term Stewardship of DOE Sites

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    Francis, Arokiasamy J.; Santschi, Peter H.; Honeyman, Bruce D.

    2005-06-01

    The overall objective of this proposed research is to understand the biogeochemical cycling of Pu in environments of interest to long-term DOE stewardship issues. Central to Pu cycling (transport initiation to immobilization) is the role of microorganisms. The hypothesis underlying this proposal is that microbial activity is the causative agent in initiating the mobilization of Pu in near-surface environments: through the transformation of Pu associated with solid phases, production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) carrier phases, and the creation of microenvironments. Also, microbial processes are central to the immobilization of Pu species, through the metabolism of organically complexed Pu species and Pu associated with extracellular carrier phases and the creation of environments favorable for Pu transport retardation.

  18. Biogeochemical Cycling and Environmental Stability of Pu Relevant to Long-Term Stewardship of DOE Sites

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    Honeyman, Bruce D.; Francis, A.J.; Gillow, Jeffrey B.; Dodge, Cleveland J.; Santschi, Peter H.; Chin-Chang Hung; Diaz, Angelique; Tinnacher, Ruth; Roberts, Kimberly; Schwehr, Kathy

    2006-04-05

    The overall objective of this research is to understand the biogeochemical cycling of Pu in environments of interest to long-term DOE stewardship issues. Central to Pu cycling (transport initiation and immobilization) is the role of microorganisms. The hypothesis underlying this work is that microbial activity is the causative agent in initiating the mobilization of Pu in near-surface environments: through the transformation of Pu associated with solid phases, production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) carrier phases and the creation of microenvironments. Also, microbial processes are central to the immobilization of Pu species, through the metabolism of organically complexed Pu species and Pu associated with extracellular carrier phases and the creation of environments favorable for Pu transport retardation.

  19. Recovery of Pu,Np in 1BP of Dilute TBP Extraction Process

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    2008-01-01

    <正>In the TBP extraction process, Np and Pu need to be recovered from effluents of the TBP extraction process. In this work, the recovery of Np and Pu from TBP extraction effluents is studied was investigated

  20. Sequential leaching extraction of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu and 241Am from a mud sample: An intercomparison study

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    Full text: The determination of the association percentages of transuranics to different sediment phases could define their fate once they have been deposited onto the marine floor and their possible reactivity at the sediment/sea water interphase. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of leaching methods to extract transuranics from the different geochemical compounds conforming the sediments. Nevertheless, a general controversy is extended in the scientific world due to the extreme difficulty in testing their reliability, since the standards of transuranics linked to a certain sedimentary phase are not commercially available. Two mud subsamples taken from a storage container were analysed employing the same sequential extraction method, but with small handling differences.The following fractions were isolated: (1) Readily available (2) Carbonate bound and specifically adsorbed (3) Organically bound (4) Oxide and hydroxides bound and (5) residual. The 239,240Pu, 238Pu and 241Am extracted in each phase were analysed using standard radiochemical procedures. 241Pu was determined by both direct scintillation counting and through the 241Am in-growth up on the old disks containing Plutonium. The procedure for uncertainty calculations has been also included. (author)

  1. Sequential leaching extraction of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 237Np and 241Am from a mud sample: An intercomparison study

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    The transuranics content of a mud sample taken from a nuclear waste storage container was analysed employing two different sequential extraction methods. The following fractions were isolated: (1)Water soluble (2) Readily available (3) Carbonate bound and specifically adsorbed (4) Organically bound (5) Oxide and hydroxides bound and (6) residual. Both methods differ in the reagents employed, the extraction sequence applied as well as the temperature and means of extraction. The 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 237Np and 241Am extracted in each phase were determined using standard radiochemical procedures. 241Pu was analysed through the 241Am in-growth on just one old disk of the residual fraction containing plutonium. Plutonium was mainly associated to organic-oxides fractions (89-92 %). The percentage extracted in each fraction depended on the method and the extraction sequence used. The soluble fraction of plutonium was less than 13%. Neptunium seemed to be the more soluble than the other transuranics (27%) and the americium showed a tendency to be associated to carbonates (30%). (author)

  2. Characterization of Pu-238 Heat Source Granule Containment

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    Richardson, Paul Dean II [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Sanchez, Joey Leo [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wall, Angelique Dinorah [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Chavarria, Rene [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-02-11

    The Milliwatt Radioisotopic Themoelectric Generator (RTG) provides power for permissive-action links. Essentially these are nuclear batteries that convert thermal energy to electrical energy using a doped silicon-germanium thermopile. The thermal energy is provided by a heat source made of 238Pu, in the form of 238PuO2 granules. The granules are contained by 3 layers of encapsulation. A thin T-111 liner surrounds the 238PuO2 granules and protects the second layer (strength member) from exposure to the fuel granules. An outer layer of Hastalloy-C protects the T-111 from oxygen embrittlement. The T-111 strength member is considered the critical component in this 238PuO2 containment system. Any compromise in the strength member seen during destructive testing required by the RTG surveillance program is characterized. The T-111 strength member is characterized through Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Metallography. SEM is used in the Secondary Electron mode to reveal possible grain boundary deformation and/or cracking in the region of the strength member weld. Deformation and cracking uncovered by SEM are further characterized by Metallography. Metallography sections are mounted and polished, observed using optical microscopy, then documented in the form of microphotographs. SEM mat further be used to examine polished Metallography mounts to characterize elements using the SEM mode of Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS).

  3. Strain differences in the embryotoxicity of 239Pu

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    Comparison of the embryolethality of monomeric 239Pu injected at 9 days of gestation demonstrated that the sensitivity of Charles River CD strain was greater than that of Hilltop Wistar rats. Subsequent comparisons showed that rats derived from the Hilltop Fischer strain were more sensitive than the Wistar and, although not directly compared, more sensitive than the CD

  4. Mechanical properties of /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/

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    Petrovic, J.J.; Hecker, S.S.; Land, C.C.; Rohr, D.L.

    1977-04-01

    The mechanical properties of /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ have been examined in the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory mechanical test facility built to handle ..cap alpha..-radioactive materials. Compression tests were conducted as a function of temperature, strain rate, grain size, density, and storage time. At temperatures less than or equal to 1400/sup 0/C, test specimens of /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ exhibit pseudobrittle behavior due to internal cracks. Plastic deformation is ''localized'' at the crack tips. Generalized plastic deformation is observed at 1500/sup 0/C. Ultimate stress values decrease markedly with increasing temperature and decreasing strain rate, and decrease less with decreasing density, increasing storage time, and increasing grain size. Room temperature fracture is transgranular, whereas intergranular fracture predominates at elevated temperatures. Crack-free specimens of /sup 239/PuO/sub 2/ exhibit extensive plastic deformation at 1000/sup 0/C and above. The relationship of these test results to the impact properties of /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ fuel in radioisotope thermoelectric generators is discussed.

  5. Process for cleaning a nitric acid U/Pu-solution

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    The impure starting solution is passed through a cation exchange column following oxidation of the U/Pu ions present to the hexavalent state. Here the impurities, in particular Americium, are retained and after subsequent elution are handled by known waste treatments or waste utilization (Americium). (orig.)

  6. Atomic Structure and Phase Transformations in Pu Alloys

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    Schwartz, A J; Cynn, H; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Moore, K T; Evans, W J; Farber, D L; Jeffries, J R; Massalski, T B

    2008-04-28

    Plutonium and plutonium-based alloys containing Al or Ga exhibit numerous phases with crystal structures ranging from simple monoclinic to face-centered cubic. Only recently, however, has there been increased convergence in the actinides community on the details of the equilibrium form of the phase diagrams. Practically speaking, while the phase diagrams that represent the stability of the fcc {delta}-phase field at room temperature are generally applicable, it is also recognized that Pu and its alloys are never truly in thermodynamic equilibrium because of self-irradiation effects, primarily from the alpha decay of Pu isotopes. This article covers past and current research on several properties of Pu and Pu-(Al or Ga) alloys and their connections to the crystal structure and the microstructure. We review the consequences of radioactive decay, the recent advances in understanding the electronic structure, the current research on phase transformations and their relations to phase diagrams and phase stability, the nature of the isothermal martensitic {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation, and the pressure-induced transformations in the {delta}-phase alloys. New data are also presented on the structures and phase transformations observed in these materials following the application of pressure, including the formation of transition phases.

  7. Evaluation of the neutron cross sections for Pu-240

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    The present evaluation is proposed to supersede the ENDF/B-V, Revision 2 file for 240Pu. In this work, resonance parameters, cross sections, energy distributions, and angular distributions have been modified. These changes are outlined in detail and appropriate references included. 37 refs., 21 figs., 2 tabs

  8. DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL STUDY OF Zr-BASED ACTINIDE ALLOYS: 2. U-Pu-Zr SYSTEM

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    Landa, A; Soderlind, P; Turchi, P; Vitos, L; Ruban, A

    2009-02-09

    Density-functional theory, previously used to describe phase equilibria in the U-Zr alloys [1], is applied to study ground state properties of the bcc U-Pu-Zr solid solutions. Calculated heats of formation of the Pu-U and Pu-Zr alloys are in a good agreement with CALPHAD assessments. We found that account for spin-orbit coupling is important for successful description of Pu-containing alloys.

  9. Study on Analytical Method of Pu(Ⅲ, Ⅳ) and U(Ⅳ) in 1BP

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    LIU; Huan-liang; ZHANG; Li-hua; FAN; De-jun; WANG; Ling; QIAN; Hong-juan

    2013-01-01

    U(Ⅳ)is taken as reductant in uranium and plutonium separation process of China spent nuclear fuel reprocessing pilot plant.Rapid determining the concentrations of Pu(Ⅲ)/Pu(Ⅳ)and U(Ⅳ)in 1BP is vital to monitor 1B processing stage and condition the subsequent processing solution.A rapid method for determining the concentrations of Pu(Ⅲ)/Pu(Ⅳ)and U(Ⅳ)in 1BP was developed

  10. Ultra-trace determination of (90)Sr, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu by triple quadruple collision/reaction cell-ICP-MS/MS: Establishing a baseline for global fallout in Qatar soil and sediments.

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    Amr, Mohamed A; Helal, Abdul-Fattah I; Al-Kinani, Athab T; Balakrishnan, Perumal

    2016-03-01

    The development of practical, fast, and reliable methods for the ultra-trace determination of anthropogenic radionuclides (90)Sr, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu by triple quadruple collision/reaction cell inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (CRC-ICP-MS/MS) were investigated in term of its accuracy and precision for producing reliable results. The radionuclides were extracted from 1 kg of the environmental soil samples by concentrated nitric and hydrochloric acids. The leachate solutions were measured directly by triple quadrupole CRC-ICP-MS/MS. For quality assurance, a chemical separation of the concerned radionuclides was conducted and then measured by single quadrupole-ICP-MS. The developed methods were next applied to measure the anthropogenic radionuclides (90)Sr, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu in soil samples collected throughout the State of Qatar. The average concentrations of (90)Sr, (137)Cs, (238)Pu, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu were 0.606 fg/g (3.364 Bq/kg), 0.619 fg/g (2.038 Bq/kg), 0.034 fg/g (0.0195 Bq/kg), 65.59 fg/g (0.150 Bq/kg), and 12.06 fg/g (0.103 Bq/kg), respectively.

  11. A rapid NDA method (NWCC) for determination of Pu content in MOX powders

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    A NDA method based on coincidence neutron counting has been used for the determination of Pu content in mixed UO2-PuO2 powders of known isotopic compositions. Pu in MOX powders could be determined quickly with a precision of ±2.5%. (author). 3 refs., 2 tabs

  12. Preliminary Study on the Determination of ~(235)U and ~(239)Pu Using Delayed Neutron Counting Method

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    2011-01-01

    The preliminary study on the fast measurements of 235U and 239Pu in samples containing 235U, 239Pu and 235U-239Pu mixture using delayed neutron counting method is introduced. All samples were irradiated for 30 s using the 30 kW Miniature Neutron

  13. 238Pu fuel form processes. Final report, January-September 1983

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    Progress is reported on the following: analytical studies of weld-quench cracking in DOP-26 iridium alloy, iridium/238PuO2 compatibility test, surface area measurements of 238PuO2 using the Blaine air permeability apparatus, and helium release from 238PuO2

  14. Role of protracted exposure on the toxicology of inhaled 239PuO2

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    Studies were initiated to examine in rats the effects of a protracted exposure to inhaled 239PuO2. Graphs are presented to show effect of multiple exposures to 239PuO2 on the deposition and clearance of 239Pu in the alveoli

  15. Radionuclide release from irradiated Th-Pu mox fuel

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    Rodriguez, N.; Quinones, J. [Ciemat., Avda. Complutense 22. E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Cobos, J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Parque Tecnologico Cartuja 93, Av. Thomas Alva Edison, 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Rondinella, V.V.; Van Winckel, S.; Somers, J.; Papaioanu, D.; Glatz, J.P. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Plutonium and minor actinides produced as by-products of the UO{sub 2} nuclear cycle could be considered as waste or energy source depending on the strategy selected in the nuclear energy programme. Considering Pu and Minor Actinides as a source, they can be burned in existing water reactor for diminishing the radiotoxicity of the spent fuel, it is necessary to use 'inactive' materials as matrix like ThO{sub 2}. ThO{sub 2} matrix has demonstrated its Pu burning efficiency and higher corrosion resistance than UO{sub 2}. Uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel efficiency is low because the presence of U in MOX results in the creation of some new Pu under irradiation. The dissolution behaviour of irradiated (Th,Pu)O{sub 2} pellets with burn-up of 38.8 MWd/kg Th has been studied in carbonated (20 mM HCO{sub 3}{sup -}), deionised and granite ground water solution in a hot cell. The dissolution behaviour of Th, Pu, U and Np was studied in order to find out whether radionuclides release is depending on the matrix dissolution (solubility control). After irradiating the samples, K-ORIGEN and ORIGEN ARP codes were used to find out the theoretical inventory. Afterwards, fuel samples were dissolved completely and analyzed, in order to determine the experimental radionuclide inventory of the irradiated fuel. Th matrix alteration appears to reach an steady state and radionuclides dissolution shows dependence on the matrix behaviour as can be observed through the FIAP results. (authors)

  16. The redox potential of Pu containing acidic solutions and the fate of "Pu(IV)-colloids": Direct measurement versus optical absorption spectroscopy

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    Icker, M.; Walther, C.; Neck, V.; Geckeis, H.

    2010-03-01

    Redox potentials were measured in acidic aqueous solutions (-log10[H+]=0.7) containing different fractions of tri- and tetravalent plutonium. Eh values measured directly by a Pt electrode vs Ag/AgCl reference electrode agree very well with the redox potential calculated from the oxidation state distribution Pu(III)/Pu(IV). By monitoring the solutions over 120 days the kinetics of redox state distribution and dissolution of initially present Pu(IV)-colloids were studied. In solutions of Eh>950mV colloids dissolve and form Pu(VI), whereas at lower Eh the dissolution of colloids leads to formation of Pu(III). These findings corroborate the assumption that colloids are an integral part of the aqueous Pu redox chemistry and that formation and dissolution can be fully understood by means of Eh / pH stability calculations.

  17. Pertubation in the 240Pu/239Pu global fallout ratio in local sediments following the nuclear accidents at Thule (Greenland) and Palomares (Spain)

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    Mitchell, P.I.; León Vintró, L.; Dahlgaard, H.;

    1997-01-01

    It is well established that the main source of the plutonium found in marinesediments throughout the Northern Hemisphere is global stratospheric fallout, characterized by a typical Pu-240/Pu-239 atom ratio of similar to 0.18. Measurement of perturbations in this ratio at various sites which had...... been subjected to close-in fallout, mainly from surface-based testing (e.g. Bikini Atoll, Nevada test site, Mururoa Atoll), has confirmed the feasibility of using this ratio to distinguish plutonium from different fallout sources. In the present study, the Pu-240/Pu-239 ratio has been examined...... in samples of sediment (and soil) collected at Thule (Greenland) and Palomares (Spain), where accidents involving the release and dispersion of plutonium from fractured nuclear weapons occurred in 1968 and 1966, respectively. The Pu-240/Pu-239 ratio was measured by high-resolution alpha spectrometry...

  18. Synthesis and identification of (NH4)2PuCI6 and (NH4)2UCI6 and preparation of PuCI3

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    This paper reports that plutonium trichloride and uranium tetrachloride can be prepared at low temperatures from the reaction of PuO2 and UO2 with NH4Cl and HCl. The intermediate salts (NH4)2PuCl6 and (NH4)2UCl6 have been isolated and identified. These salts may then be thermally decomposed to anhydrous PuCl3 and UCl4, respectively

  19. Release of Pu isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident to the marine environment was negligible.

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    Bu, Wenting; Fukuda, Miho; Zheng, Jian; Aono, Tatsuo; Ishimaru, Takashi; Kanda, Jota; Yang, Guosheng; Tagami, Keiko; Uchida, Shigeo; Guo, Qiuju; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2014-08-19

    Atmospheric deposition of Pu isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident has been observed in the terrestrial environment around the FDNPP site; however, their deposition in the marine environment has not been studied. The possible contamination of Pu in the marine environment has attracted great scientific and public concern. To fully understand this possible contamination of Pu isotopes from the FDNPP accident to the marine environment, we collected marine sediment core samples within the 30 km zone around the FDNPP site in the western North Pacific about two years after the accident. Pu isotopes ((239)Pu, (240)Pu, and (241)Pu) and radiocesium isotopes ((134)Cs and (137)Cs) in the samples were determined. The high activities of radiocesium and the (134)Cs/(137)Cs activity ratios with values around 1 (decay corrected to 15 March 2011) suggested that these samples were contaminated by the FDNPP accident-released radionuclides. However, the activities of (239+240)Pu and (241)Pu were low compared with the background level before the FDNPP accident. The Pu atom ratios ((240)Pu/(239)Pu and (241)Pu/(239)Pu) suggested that global fallout and the pacific proving ground (PPG) close-in fallout are the main sources for Pu contamination in the marine sediments. As Pu isotopes are particle-reactive and they can be easily incorporated with the marine sediments, we concluded that the release of Pu isotopes from the FDNPP accident to the marine environment was negligible.

  20. Transport process of Pu isotope in marginal seas of the western North Pacific Ocean

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    Yamada, Masatoshi [Department of Radiation Chemistry, Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, 036-8564, Aomori (Japan); Zheng, Jian [Research Center for Radiation Protection, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage, 263-8555, Chiba (Japan)

    2014-07-01

    Significant quantities of Pu isotopes have been released into the marine environment as the result of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. Most radionuclides globally dispersed in atmospheric nuclear weapons testing were released into the environment during the 1950's and 1960's. In the western North Pacific Ocean, the principal source can be further distinguished as two distinct sources of Pu: close-in tropospheric fallout from nuclear weapons testing at the Pacific Proving Grounds (PPG) in the Marshall Islands and global stratospheric fallout. Since the {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atom ratio is characteristic for the Pu emission source, information on Pu isotopic signature is very useful to better understand the transport process in the oceans and to identify the sources of Pu. The mean atom ratio of {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu from the global stratospheric fallout is 0.180 ±0.014 based on soil sample data, whereas that from close-in tropospheric fallout from the PPG is 0.33 - 0.36. The {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atom ratios in seawater samples collected in marginal seas of the western North Pacific Ocean will provide important and useful data for understanding the process controlling Pu transport and for distinguishing future Pu sources. The objectives of this study were to measure the {sup 239+240}Pu concentrations and {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atom ratios in seawater from the Sea of Okhotsk, Japan Sea, South China Sea and Sulu Sea and to discuss the transport process of Pu. Large-volume seawater samples (250 L each) were collected from the surface to the bottom in marginal seas of the western North Pacific Ocean with acoustically triggered quadruple PVC sampling bottles during the R/V Hakuho-Maru cruise. The {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu concentrations and {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atom ratios were measured with a double-focusing SF-ICP-MS, which was equipped with a guard electrode to eliminate secondary discharge in the plasma and to enhance overall sensitivity. In

  1. Structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of PuC and PuC0.75: A hybrid density functional study

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    Yang, Rong; Tang, Bin; Gao, Tao; Ao, BingYun

    2016-05-01

    We perform first principles calculations to investigate the structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of PuC and PuC0.75. Furthermore, we examine the influence of carbon non-stoichiometry on plutonium monocarbide. For the treatment of strongly correlated electrons, the hybrid density functionals like PBE0, Fock-0.25 are used and we compare the results with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), local density approximation (LDA), LDA + U and experimental ones. The optimized lattice constant a0 = 4.961 Å for PuC in the Fock-0.25 scheme is the most close to the experimental data. The ground states of PuC and PuC0.75 are found to be anti-ferromagnetic. Our results indicate that additional removal of a C atom make lattice contract and new DOS peak appear in the near-Fermi region. We also compute and compare the optical properties of PuC and PuC0.75. The difference in optical properties between PuC and PuC0.75 should also be the influence of carbon vacancies.

  2. AFS-2 FLOWSHEET MODIFICATIONS TO ADDRESS THE INGROWTH OF PU(VI) DURING METAL DISSOLUTION

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    Crapse, K.; Rudisill, T.; O' Rourke, P.; Kyser, E.

    2014-07-02

    In support of the Alternate Feed Stock Two (AFS-2) PuO{sub 2} production campaign, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) conducted a series of experiments concluding that dissolving Pu metal at 95°C using a 6–10 M HNO{sub 3} solution containing 0.05–0.2 M KF and 0–2 g/L B could reduce the oxidation of Pu(IV) to Pu(VI) as compared to dissolving Pu metal under the same conditions but at or near the boiling temperature. This flowsheet was demonstrated by conducting Pu metal dissolutions at 95°C to ensure that PuO{sub 2} solids were not formed during the dissolution. These dissolution parameters can be used for dissolving both Aqueous Polishing (AP) and MOX Process (MP) specification materials. Preceding the studies reported herein, two batches of Pu metal were dissolved in the H-Canyon 6.1D dissolver to prepare feed solution for the AFS-2 PuO{sub 2} production campaign. While in storage, UV-visible spectra obtained from an at-line spectrophotometer indicated the presence of Pu(VI). Analysis of the solutions also showed the presence of Fe, Ni, and Cr. Oxidation of Pu(IV) produced during metal dissolution to Pu(VI) is a concern for anion exchange purification. Anion exchange requires Pu in the +4 oxidation state for formation of the anionic plutonium(IV) hexanitrato complex which absorbs onto the resin. The presence of Pu(VI) in the anion feed solution would require a valence adjustment step to prevent losses. In addition, the presence of Cr(VI) would result in absorption of chromate ion onto the resin and could limit the purification of Pu from Cr which may challenge the purity specification of the final PuO{sub 2} product. Initial experiments were performed to quantify the rate of oxidation of Pu(IV) to Pu(VI) (presumed to be facilitated by Cr(VI)) as functions of the HNO{sub 3} concentration and temperature in simulated dissolution solutions containing Cr, Fe, and Ni. In these simulated Pu dissolutions studies, lowering the temperature from near boiling

  3. Inhaled 239PuO2 in rats with pulmonary emphysema

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    The modifying effects of a pre-existing lung disease (emphysema) on the deposition, distribution, retention, and effects of inhaled 239PuO2 in the rat are being investigated. Preliminary observations indicated that the deposition and retention patterns for 239Pu particles inhaled by rats with emphysema and control rats were similar, but the distribution of inhaled 239Pu immediately after exposure was different. Respiratory function measured through one year after exposure to 239Pu was consistent with emphysema and was not altered by the 239Pu lung burden. Long-term observations are continuing. 4 references, 2 tables

  4. Relative solubiolity in simulated biological fluids of PuO2 on air sampler filters

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    An ultrafiltration method was developed to estimate the solubility of PuO2 on an air filter in simulated lung fluid (SLF), simulated gastric juice (SGJ), and in 1% DTPA. After a very rapid early appearance in the filtrate, both 238Pu and 239Pu showed similar rates of low ultrafilterability. The amount of 239Pu appearing during the first day of ultrafiltration was 10 times less in SLF than in SGJ or DTPA, although the amount of 238Pu was similar for the three solvents. The method used to estimate solubility requires only about 1000 dpm of plutonium alpha radiation per sample

  5. The Application of Hydroxyurea in the Separation of U and Pu

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    2001-01-01

    The present paper suggests a novel salt-free organic agent to separate U and Pu in HNO3 solution. This agent is hydroxyurea(HU) which has strong reduction ability and also is a good chelating agent with a relatively simple structure. HU can rapidly reduce Pu(IV) to Pu(III) in HNO3 solution. The reduction can be to such extent that almost 100% Pu(IV) can be reduced to Pu(III) in 0.5 mol/L and 3.0 mol/L HNO3 solution. With the concentration less than 1.0 mol/L, HU has

  6. Vertical distribution of (241)Pu in the southern Baltic Sea sediments.

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    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I

    2014-12-15

    The vertical distribution of plutonium (241)Pu in marine sediments can assist in determining the deposition history and sedimentation process of analyzed regions. In addition, (241)Pu/(239+240)Pu activity ratio could be used as a sensitive fingerprint for radioactive source identification. The present preliminary studies on vertical distribution of (241)Pu in sediments from four regions of the southern Baltic Sea are presented. The distribution of (241)Pu was not uniform and depended on sediment geomorphology and depth as well as location. The highest concentrations of plutonium were found in the surface layers of all analyzed sediments and originated from the Chernobyl accident.

  7. Surface-mediated formation of Pu(IV) nanoparticles at the muscovite-electrolyte interface.

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    Schmidt, Moritz; Lee, Sang Soo; Wilson, Richard E; Knope, Karah E; Bellucci, Francesco; Eng, Peter J; Stubbs, Joanne E; Soderholm, L; Fenter, P

    2013-12-17

    The formation of Pu(IV)-oxo-nanoparticles from Pu(III) solutions by a surface-enhanced redox/polymerization reaction at the muscovite (001) basal plane is reported, with a continuous increase in plutonium coverage observed in situ over several hours. The sorbed Pu extends >70 Å from the surface with a maximum concentration at 10.5 Å and a total coverage of >9 Pu atoms per unit cell area of muscovite (0.77 μg Pu/cm(2)) (determined independently by in situ resonant anomalous X-ray reflectivity and by ex-situ alpha-spectrometry). The presence of discrete nanoparticles is confirmed by high resolution atomic force microscopy. We propose that the formation of these Pu(IV) nanoparticles from an otherwise stable Pu(III) solution can be explained by the combination of a highly concentrated interfacial Pu-ion species, the Pu(III)-Pu(IV) redox equilibrium, and the strong proclivity of tetravalent Pu to hydrolyze and form polymeric species. These results are the first direct observation of such behavior of plutonium on a naturally occurring mineral, providing insights into understanding the environmental transport of plutonium and other contaminants capable of similar redox/polymerization reactions.

  8. 238Pu: accumulation, tissue distribution, and excretion in Mayak workers after exposure to plutonium aerosols.

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    Suslova, Klara G; Sokolova, Alexandra B; Khokhryakov, Viktor V; Miller, Scott C

    2012-03-01

    The alpha spectrometry measurements of specific activity of 238Pu and 239Pu in urine from bioassay examinations of 1,013 workers employed at the radiochemical and plutonium production facilities of the Mayak Production Association and in autopsy specimens of lung, liver, and skeleton from 85 former nuclear workers who died between 1974-2009, are summarized.The accumulation fraction of 238Pu in the body and excreta has not changed with time in workers involved in production of weapons-grade plutonium production (e.g., the plutonium production facility and the former radiochemical facility). The accumulation fraction of 238Pu in individuals exposed to plutonium isotopes at the newer Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant ranged from 0.13% up to 27.5% based on the autopsy data. No statistically significant differences between 238Pu and 239Pu in distribution by the main organs of plutonium deposition were found in the Mayak workers. Based on the bioassay data,the fraction of 238Pu activity in urine is on average 38-69% of the total activity of 238Pu and 239Pu, which correlates with the isotopic composition in workplace air sampled at the Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant. In view of the higher specific activity of 238Pu, the contribution of 238Pu to the total internal dose, particularly in the skeleton and liver, might be expected to continue to increase, and continued surveillance is recommended.

  9. Mass effect and Pu removal from rats with Ca- or Zn-DTPA

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    Eight percent of an intramuscular injection of 27.6 nCi of 237Pu(NO3)4 was retained by rats at the injection site, after 22 days. More than 30% is usually retained following injection of more massive quantities of 239Pu. Treatment with Ca- or Zn-DTPA showed the former to be more effective when treatments were initiated 1 hr after Pu administration. When treatments were begun 7 days after the Pu injection, 416 nmol Ca-DTPA/kg was more effective in removing Pu than 28.7 nmol/kg (human dose level) of Zn- or Ca-DTPA. Due to its high specific activity and ease of detection, 237Pu permits facile experimentation in small animals at Pu mass levels comparable to those encountered in most human exposures

  10. Aggressive acute myeloid leukemia in PU.1/p53 double-mutant mice.

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    Basova, P; Pospisil, V; Savvulidi, F; Burda, P; Vargova, K; Stanek, L; Dluhosova, M; Kuzmova, E; Jonasova, A; Steidl, U; Laslo, P; Stopka, T

    2014-09-25

    PU.1 downregulation within hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) is the primary mechanism for the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in mice with homozygous deletion of the upstream regulatory element (URE) of PU.1 gene. p53 is a well-known tumor suppressor that is often mutated in human hematologic malignancies including AML and adds to their aggressiveness; however, its genetic deletion does not cause AML in mouse. Deletion of p53 in the PU.1(ure/ure) mice (PU.1(ure/ure)p53(-/-)) results in more aggressive AML with shortened overall survival. PU.1(ure/ure)p53(-/-) progenitors express significantly lower PU.1 levels. In addition to URE deletion we searched for other mechanisms that in the absence of p53 contribute to decreased PU.1 levels in PU.1(ure/ure)p53(-/-) mice. We found involvement of Myb and miR-155 in downregulation of PU.1 in aggressive murine AML. Upon inhibition of either Myb or miR-155 in vitro the AML progenitors restore PU.1 levels and lose leukemic cell growth similarly to PU.1 rescue. The MYB/miR-155/PU.1 axis is a target of p53 and is activated early after p53 loss as indicated by transient p53 knockdown. Furthermore, deregulation of both MYB and miR-155 coupled with PU.1 downregulation was observed in human AML, suggesting that MYB/miR-155/PU.1 mechanism may be involved in the pathogenesis of AML and its aggressiveness characterized by p53 mutation.

  11. Design of a Pu-238 waste incineration process

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    Combustible 238Pu waste is generated as a result of normal operation and decommissioning activity at the Savannah River Plant and is being retrievably stored at the Plant. As part of the long-term plan to process the stored waste and current waste in preparation for future disposition, a 238Pu incinceration process is being cold-tested at SRL. The incineration process consists of a continuous-feed preparation system, a two-stage, electrically fired incinerator, and a filtration off-gas system. Process equipment has been designed, fabricated, and installed for nonradioactive testing and cold run-in. Design features to maximize the ability to remotely maintain the equipment were incorporated into the process. Interlock, alarm, and control functions are provided by a programmable controller. Cold testing is scheduled to be completed in 1986

  12. Effects of aqueous extracts of raw pu-erh tea and ripened pu-erh tea on proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes.

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    Cao, Zhen-Hui; Yang, Hui; He, Zhan-Long; Luo, Cheng; Xu, Zhi-Qiang; Gu, Da-Hai; Jia, Jun-Jing; Ge, Chang-Rong; Lin, Qiu-Ye

    2013-08-01

    Pu-erh tea has shown anti-obesity effects but little is known about its effect on proliferation and differentiation of preadipocytes. This study investigated the effects of the aqueous extracts of raw pu-erh tea and ripened pu-erh tea on proliferation and differentiation of murine 3T3-L1 preadiopocytes. We examined dose and time effects of both aqueous extracts on proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. The contents of triglycerides in cytoplasm and the mRNA expression of critical transcriptional factors involved in differentiation were determined. Cytotoxicity and apoptosis rate of preadipocytes by pu-erh tea extracts treatment were test for toxic and pro-apoptotic effects. Both aqueous extracts of pu-erh tea inhibited the proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes at the selected time points. At lower concentration of raw pu-erh tea extracts (less than 300 µg/ml) and ripened pu-erh tea extracts (less than 350 µg/ml), no significant cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic were observed. Ripened pu-erh tea was more effective with lower IC50 than raw pu-erh tea. Both extracts suppressed the differentiation and down-regulated the gene expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ and CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins-α. Therefore, these results indicate that both aqueous extracts of pu-erh tea can inhibit proliferation and differentiation with ripened pu-erh tea more potent. Polyphenol rich in both extracts may play a role in the inhibition of proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes.

  13. Plutonium concentration and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratio in biota collected from Amchitka Island, Alaska: recent measurements using ICP-SFMS.

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    Bu, Kaixuan; Cizdziel, James V; Dasher, Douglas

    2013-10-01

    Three underground nuclear tests, including the Unites States' largest, were conducted on Amchitka Island, Alaska. Monitoring of the radiological environment around the island is challenging because of its remote location. In 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) became responsible for the long term maintenance and surveillance of the Amchitka site. The first DOE LM environmental survey occurred in 2011 and is part of a cycle of activities that will occur every 5 years. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a participant in the 2011 study, provided the lichen (Cladonia spp.), freshwater moss (Fontinalis neomexicanus), kelp (Eualaria fistulosa) and horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus) samples from Amchitka Island and Adak Island (a control site). These samples were analyzed for (239)Pu and (240)Pu concentration and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratio using inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-SFMS). Plutonium concentrations and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios were generally consistent with previous terrestrial and marine studies in the region. The ((239)+)(240)Pu levels (mBq kg(-1), dry weight) ranged from 3.79 to 57.1 for lichen, 167-700 for kelp, 27.9-148 for horse mussel, and 560-573 for moss. Lichen from Adak Island had higher Pu concentrations than Amchitka Island, the difference was likely the result of the higher precipitation at Adak compared to Amchitka. The (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios were significantly higher in marine samples compared to terrestrial and freshwater samples (t-test, p Pu occurred into the North Pacific Ocean, likely from the Marshall Island high yield nuclear tests, but other potential sources, such as the Kamchatka Peninsula Rybachiy Naval Base and Amchitka Island underground nuclear test site cannot be ruled out.

  14. 239 240Pu in Lake Michigan: 1971 to 1978

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    The plutonium concentration data presented previously have consisted primarily of results from studies of short-term variations, i.e., the annual plutonium cycle conducted at Lake Michigan station ANL-5, 12 km SW of Grand Haven, Michigan. In this report, mean annual concentrations of total plutonium in unfiltered water from far off-shore (> 30 km) stations for the period 1971 through 1977, and from station ANL-5 (1975 through 1978) are summarized to establish the long-term trend in plutonium concentration in Lake Michigan. The results presented show that the mean annual concentration in the water column is similar at ANL-5 and at offshore stations and has decreased at the rate of only 6% per year during the period 1972 through 1978. The nearly constant concentration indicates that steady-state equilibria exist between plutonium inputs to the lake and the loss of plutonium from the water column. Observations suggest the existence of an active redox cycle for Pu in Lake Michigan. In this cycle, Pu IV atoms in solution are continually taken up by particulate materials but may be oxidized within microzones of the particles such as freshly deposited manganese coatings and also in solution by agents such as dissolved oxygen. In turn, the concentration of Pu VI in solution may be limited by reaction with reducing constituents of the coloidal-sized fraction (or decomposer organisms such as bacteria or fungi, which might have been present after filtration) and with planktonic organisms in the environment to produce Pu IV and thus maintain the cycle

  15. Slow Neutron Velocity Spectrometer Transmission Studies Of Pu

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    Havens, W. W. Jr.; Melkonian, E.; Rainwater, L. J.; Levin, M.

    1951-05-28

    The slow neutron transmission of several samples of Pu has been investigated with the Columbia Neutron Velocity Spectrometer. Data are presented in two groups, those covering the energy region from 0 to 6 ev, and those covering the region above 6 ev. Below 6 ev the resolution was relatively good, and a detailed study of the cross section variation was made. Work above 6 ev consisted of merely locating levels and obtaining a rough idea of their strengths.

  16. Uso de contraceptivos por puérperas adolescentes

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Indagar el uso de métodos contraceptivos por las puérperas adolescentes a fin de relacionar su (desuso con el embarazo en la adolescencia. Método: Estudio transversal, descriptivo, realizado por medio de un instrumento estructurado con 181 puérperas adolescentes que tuvieron sus partos en el hospital participante de la investigación. Los datos fueron recolectados en el período de diciembre de 2008 a diciembre de 2009. Resultados: El 64,1% de las puérperas usaba algún método contraceptivo antes del embarazo; los métodos más utilizados fueron el anticoncepcional oral (51% y el preservativo masculino (29%. Para el 75% de las adolescentes el embarazo fue planeado y justificado por el deseo y la voluntad propia de experimentar la maternidad. Conclusión: Considerando que casi la mitad de las adolescentes entrevistadas deseaba el embarazo, se deduce que investigar y discutir apenas el uso o no de los métodos contraceptivos no es adecuado. Es necesario profundizar las investigaciones acerca de los significados de ser madre en la adolescencia.

  17. Pu-238 assay performance with the Canberra IQ3 system

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    Booth, L.; Gillespie, B.; Seaman, G.

    1997-11-01

    Canberra Industries has recently completed a demonstration project at the Westinghouse Savannah River Site (WSRC) to characterize 55-gallon drums containing Pu-238 contaminated waste. The goal of this project was to detect and quantify Pu-238 contaminated waste. The goal of this project was to detect and quantify Pu-238 waste to detection limits of less than 50 nCi/g using gamma assay techniques. This would permit reclassification of these drums from transuranic (TRU) waste to low-level waste (LLW). The instrument used for this assay was a Canberra IQ3 high sensitivity gamma assay system, mounted in a trailer. The results of the measurements demonstrate achievement of detection levels as low as 1 nCi/g for low density waste drums, and good correlation with known concentrations in several test drums. In addition, the data demonstrates significant advantages for using large area low-energy germanium detectors for achieving the lowest possible MDAs for gamma rays in the 80-250 keV range. 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  18. Distribution characteristics of ¹³⁷Cs, Pu isotopes and ²⁴¹Am in soil in Korea.

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    Lee, S H; Oh, J S; Lee, J M; Lee, K B; Park, T S; Lujaniene, G; Valiulis, D; Sakalys, J

    2013-11-01

    Cesium-137, Plutonium isotopes and (241)Am were studied in soil samples collected from Korea between 2006 and 2008 to provide information on the distribution and origin of Pu isotopes and (241)Am. The vertical profiles of radionuclides showed higher activity concentrations at the surface layer and then gradually decreased with depth. A good correlation between (137)Cs and (239,240)Pu was observed, whereas a poor relationship between (137)Cs and (241)Am was found. The (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu, (241)Am/(239,240)Pu and (239,240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios were concordant to those of the global fallout ratios. Furthermore, the atomic ratios of (240)Pu/(239)Pu in the samples provided the information of Pu depositional history and the origin of Pu isotopes in Korea.

  19. Polonium 210Po, uranium (234U, 238U and plutonium (238Pu, 239+240Pu bioaccumulation in marine birds

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was the determination of 210Po, 234U, 238U, 238Pu and 239+240Pu concentration in marine birds which permanently or temporally live in the southern Baltic Sea coast. We chose 11 species of seabirds: three species permanently residing at southern Baltic Sea, four species of wintering birds and three species of migrating birds. The results show that analyzed radionuclides are non-uniformly distributed in the marine birds. The highest activities of 210Po were observed in feathers, muscles and liver. The highest uranium content was found in liver, rest of viscera and feathers, while plutonium in the digestion organs and feathers. Omnivore seabirds accumulated more polonium, plutonium than species that feed on fish, while herbivore seabirds accumulated more uranium than carnivore.

  20. Perturbation in the 240Pu/239Pu global fallout ratio in local sediment following the nuclear accidents at Thule (Greenland) and Palomares (Spain)

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    It is well established that the main source of the plutonium found in marine sediments throughout the Northern Hemisphere is global stratospheric fallout, characterized by a typical 240Pu/239Pu atom ratio of ∼0.18. Measurements of perturbations in this ratio at various sites which had been subjected to close-in fallout, mainly from surface-based testing, has confirmed the feasibility of using this ratio to distinguish plutonium from different fallout sources. In the present study, the 240Pu/239Pu ratio has been examined in samples of sediment collected at Thule (Greenland) and Palomares (Spain), where accidents involving the release and dispersion of plutonium from fractured nuclear weapons occurred in 1968 and 1966, respectively. The 240Pu/239Pu ratio was measured by high-resolution alpha spectrometry and spectral deconvolution. The analytical results showed that at Thule the mean 240Pu/239Pu atom ratio was 0.033±0.004, while at Palomares the equivalent ratio appeared to be significantly higher at 0.056±0.003. Both ratios are consistent with those reported for soils samples at the Nevada site and Nagasaki, and are clearly indicative of weapons-grade plutonium. 27 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs

  1. Influence of the allotropic beta to alpha transformation and of oxygen on the distribution of plutonium in Zr-Pu and Ti-Pu dilute alloys

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    Languille, A; Remy, C

    1972-01-01

    Ti-Pu, Zr-Pu and Ti-U alloys, annealed above the transformation point, can show major segregation after cooling. The segregations increase with oxygen content. Annealing at high temperatures followed by severe quenching can cause them to disappear. (7 refs).

  2. Speciation analysis of 129I, 137Cs, 232Th, 238U, 239Pu and 240Pu in environmental soil and sediment

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    Qiao, Jixin; Hansen, Violeta; Hou, Xiaolin;

    2012-01-01

    The environmental mobility and bioavailability of radionuclides are related to their physicochemical forms, namely species. We here present a speciation analysis of important radionuclides including 129I (also 127I), 137Cs, 232Th, 238U and plutonium isotopes (239Pu and 240Pu) in soil (IAEA-375...

  3. U, Pu, and Am nuclear signatures of the Thule hydrogen bomb debris

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    Eriksson, Mats; Lindahl, Patric; Roos, Per;

    2008-01-01

    for the determination of the nuclear fingerprint of the accident. We report that the fissile material in the hydrogen weapons involved in the Thule accident was a mixture of highly enriched uranium and weapon-grade plutonium and that the main fissile material was U-235 (about 4 times more than the mass of Pu-239......). In the five hot particles examined, the measured uranium atomic ratio was U-235/U-238 = 1.02 +/- 0.16 and the Pu-isotopic ratios were as follows: Pu-240/Pu-239 0.0551 +/- 0.0008 (atom ratio), Pu-238/Pu239+240 = 0.0161 +/- 0.0005 (activity ratio), Pu-241/Pu239+240 = 0.87 +/- 0.12 (activity ratio), and Am-241....../Pu239+240 = 0.169 +/- 0.005 (activity ratio) (reference date 2001-10-01). From the activity ratios of Pu-241/Am-241, we estimated the time of production of this weapon material to be from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. The results from reanalyzed bulk sediment samples showed the presence of more...

  4. Vertical distribution and migration of global fallout Pu in forest soils in southwestern China.

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    Bu, Wenting; Zheng, Jian; Guo, Qiuju; Uchida, Shigeo

    2014-10-01

    Soil samples collected in southwestern China were analyzed for Pu isotopes. The (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios were around 0.18, which indicated the dominant source of global fallout. Consistent sub-surface maximums followed by exponential decline of (239+240)Pu activities in the soil cores were observed. Most of the Pu has still remained in the 0-10 cm layers since its deposition. Convection velocities and dispersion coefficients for Pu migration in the soils were estimated by the convection-dispersion equation (CDE) model. The effective convection velocities and effective dispersion coefficients ranged from 0.05 to 0.11 cm/y and from 0.06 to 0.29 cm(2)/y, respectively. Other factors that control the vertical migration of Pu in soil besides precipitation, soil particle size distribution and organic matter were suggested. Long-term migration behaviors of Pu in the soils were simulated. The results provide the Pu background baseline for further environmental monitoring and source identification of non-global fallout Pu inputs in the future.

  5. Mechanisms of in vivo binding site selection of the hematopoietic master transcription factor PU.1.

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    Pham, Thu-Hang; Minderjahn, Julia; Schmidl, Christian; Hoffmeister, Helen; Schmidhofer, Sandra; Chen, Wei; Längst, Gernot; Benner, Christopher; Rehli, Michael

    2013-07-01

    The transcription factor PU.1 is crucial for the development of many hematopoietic lineages and its binding patterns significantly change during differentiation processes. However, the 'rules' for binding or not-binding of potential binding sites are only partially understood. To unveil basic characteristics of PU.1 binding site selection in different cell types, we studied the binding properties of PU.1 during human macrophage differentiation. Using in vivo and in vitro binding assays, as well as computational prediction, we show that PU.1 selects its binding sites primarily based on sequence affinity, which results in the frequent autonomous binding of high affinity sites in DNase I inaccessible regions (25-45% of all occupied sites). Increasing PU.1 concentrations and the availability of cooperative transcription factor interactions during lineage differentiation both decrease affinity thresholds for in vivo binding and fine-tune cell type-specific PU.1 binding, which seems to be largely independent of DNA methylation. Occupied sites were predominantly detected in active chromatin domains, which are characterized by higher densities of PU.1 recognition sites and neighboring motifs for cooperative transcription factors. Our study supports a model of PU.1 binding control that involves motif-binding affinity, PU.1 concentration, cooperativeness with neighboring transcription factor sites and chromatin domain accessibility, which likely applies to all PU.1 expressing cells.

  6. Pb-210 and Pu-239,240 in nearshore Gulf of Mexico sediments

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    Pb-210, Ra-226, and Pu-239,240 activities were measured in nearshore Gulf of Mexico sediments. Sediment cores were collected from the Mississippi delta, and the western Gulf of Mexico shelf. Mississippi delta cores which exhibit significantly higher sedimentation rates show larger inventories of Pb-210. The measured Pu levels from the western shelf are lower than from the delta at comparable depths. In three of the western shelf cores, the observed Pu inventory is considerably less than predicted from atmospheric flux. Therefore, Pu is not being removed to the sediment, or is being released following deposition. A key difference between these isotopes is that Pu exists in a less particle-reactive state. The ratio of excess Pb-210 to Pu levels increases with water depth in the delta and the western shelf. Water depth acts as an integrator of depth-sensitive processes. Pu scavenging is more sensitive to these processes. A sub-surface Pu maximum has been observed. Excess Pb-210 and Pu levels correlate well with sedimentation rates. This suggests that particle flux is important in removal of Pb-210 and Pu to the sediment. The flux of Mn out of the sediment is correlated with inventory data, suggesting that redox cycling of Mn may play a role in increasing Pb-210 and Pu sediment inventories. It is unclear whether the effects of increased sedimentation rates and increased Mn fluxes can be evaluated independently. Mixing of surface sediment correlates with inventory data. Increased sediment mixing allows for additional scavenging of Pb-210 and Pu from overlying waters. Mixing of sediment at depths below the mixed surface layer may play a role in increasing sediment inventories of Pb-210 and Pu

  7. A method of measurement of (239)Pu, (240)Pu, (241)Pu in high U content marine sediments by sector field ICP-MS and its application to Fukushima sediment samples.

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    Bu, Wenting; Zheng, Jian; Guo, Qiuju; Aono, Tatsuo; Tazoe, Hirofumi; Tagami, Keiko; Uchida, Shigeo; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2014-01-01

    An accurate and precise analytical method is highly needed for the determination of Pu isotopes in marine sediments for the long-term marine environment monitoring that is being done since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The elimination of uranium from the sediment samples needs to be carefully checked. We established an analytical method based on anion-exchange chromatography and SF-ICP-MS in this work. A uranium decontamination factor of 2 × 10(6) was achieved, and the U concentrations in the final sample solutions were typically below 4 pg mL(-1), thus no extra correction of (238)U interferences from the Pu spectra was needed. The method was suitable for the analysis of (241)Pu in marine sediments using large sample amounts (>10 g). We validated the method by measuring marine sediment reference materials and our results agreed well with the certified and the literature values. Surface sediments and one sediment core sample collected after the nuclear accident were analyzed. The characterization of (241)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios in the surface sediments and the vertical distribution of Pu isotopes showed that there was no detectable Pu contamination from the nuclear accident in the marine sediments collected 30 km off the plant site.

  8. Characterization of ^{239,240}Pu Radionuclide Adsorption to Soil Particles and Mineral Dust Aerosols

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    Tatro, D. P.; Arimoto, R.; McMillan, N. J.; Barnes, M.

    2006-12-01

    The release of ^{239,240}Pu into the environment by nuclear weapons testing 50 years ago initiated the cyclic mobilization of Pu-contaminated soil particles via the resuspension of dust resulting in a widespread distribution of Pu and other radionuclides. It is unclear what enables the aeolian transport of Pu in the environment; plausible hypotheses of Pu binding to dust and soil particles include Pu adsorption to iron oxides/hydroxides, organic acids, or silicate minerals such as clays. To investigate the connections between surface soils, dust and radionuclides, samples of soil and/or dust were collected from the Project Gnome Site in Eddy County, NM, the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos, NM, and two 50-year old attics and wind-blown dust in Big Spring, TX. This study tests the hypothesis that Pu is adsorbed onto Fe oxides and hydroxides that coat dust/soil particles. The samples are generally low in organic carbon (0.2 - 4.8%, except for the unburned Los Alamos sample at 9.4%), as measured by LOI (Loss On Ignition) at 360 °C. The citrate-bicarbonate-dithionite method (CDB) of Fe oxide removal, first proposed by Mehra and Jackson in 1960, was used to selectively extract Fe oxides from the samples while leaving silicate Fe intact. Chemical digestion of each sample creates two fractions, the extracted supernatant and a solid pellet residue. If the Pu were associated with Fe oxides, then Fe and Pu should both be selectively removed from the bulk sample during the CBD process, leaving the pellet depleted in Fe and Pu and the supernatant enriched. For Fe, this was confirmed by scanning electron microscope and petrographic analyses. Preliminary radiochemical analyses of Pu activity also verify this hypothesis. Pu activity is significantly lower in pellets than bulk samples (Pu activitypellet/Pu activitybulk average = 0.07, range 0.02-0.12); Pu activity in supernatants is significantly higher than in bulk samples (Pu activitysupernatant/Pu activitybulk average = 4

  9. Reaction kinetics of irradiation prepolymerized MMA-PU IPN by 5DXC FTIR

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    The reaction kinetics of irradiation-prepolymerized MMA-PU (polyether) IPNs have been studied by FTIR. The results indicate that the polymerization of each component in the IPN follows its normal distinct reaction mechanism with no mutual interference. Increasing the concentration of TMPTAM (crosslinking agent of PMMA) increased the formation rate of PMMA, while the formation rate of PU networks remained almost the same. Increasing the concentration of TMP (crosslinking agent of PU) increased the formation rate of PU, while the formation rate of PMMA networks decreased. The formation rate of PU was obviously faster than that of PMMA. A theory for the cage effect of the PU network has been proposed. (author)

  10. Richland Five-Year 02 R&D Program - Pu-238 program

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    There are three principal facets to the Pu-238 Program which are important to Richland. First, reactor neptunium production rates can be materially enhanced by judicious fuel management plans. Second, significant improvement in production efficiency and costs may be made if the Pu-238 production step (irradiation of Np-237) were sites at Richland. Further, Richland reactors have ample capacity, without reducing power, to irradiate all neptunium from government and commercial reactor sources which has been forecasted well into the 1980`s. Third, a separate Pu-238 production process, that of irradiating Am-241 (obtained from power reactor plutonium returns), offers an attractive and competitive means to materially supplement Pu-238 from the Np-237 route. The first two of these aspects of the Pu-238 Program are being pursued actively, particularly in light of firm and predicted requirements for Pu-238. Technological development for irradiating and processing Am-241 will be performed in the near future.

  11. Fabrication of gamma sources using the neutron-gamma reactions of 238Pu13C

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    A production campaign for 238Pu13C sources with gamma fluence ranging from 2500 to 4500 gamma/s/4π at 6.13 MeV was carried out in 2002 in Atalante. An experimental study was undertaken to prepare the 238PuC mixture, which is the most delicate step. This procedure is described together with the other steps in the source fabrication process: purification of a plutonium oxide batch, preparation of a nitric solution of 238Pu, measurement of the gamma fluence of the PuC mixture before and after insertion into each of the two stainless steel capsules that constitute a PuN2O package, welding of the second envelope followed by leak testing, final measurement of the gamma fluence of the sealed source. This PuC sources fabrication procedure is effective: all the sources include the required gamma activity with an uncertainty on the gamma fluence of less than 10%. (authors)

  12. Low level 239PuO2 life-span studies

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    The purpose of this projet is to determine the dose-response curve for lung-tumor incidence in rats following inhalation of 239PuO2 at levels producing a lifespan radiation dose of 2 to 100 rad. In preliminary studies, rats were intratracheally instilled with, or inhaled 169Yb-239PuO2 or 169Yb-Yb2O3 particles. Whole-body, excreta and tissue levels of 169Yb were determined by external gamma counting; 239Pu levels were determined radiochemically by scintillation counting. It was found that 169Yb dissociated from 239PuO2 and was cleared more rapidly from the lung and the whole body. Despite this fact, however, whole-body counts performed at 7 days after exposure to 169Yb-239PuO2 gave a reproducible measure of the 239Pu lung burden

  13. Molecular analysis of the interaction between the hematopoietic master transcription factors GATA-1 and PU.1

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    Liew, Chu Wai; Rand, Kasper Dyrberg; Simpson, Raina J Y;

    2006-01-01

    GATA-1 and PU.1 are transcription factors that control erythroid and myeloid development, respectively. The two proteins have been shown to function in an antagonistic fashion, with GATA-1 repressing PU.1 activity during erythropoiesis and PU.1 repressing GATA-1 function during myelopoiesis. It has...... of the GATA-1-PU.1 interaction. A combination of NMR titration data and extensive mutagenesis revealed that the PU.1-Ets domain and the GATA-1 C-terminal zinc finger (CF) form a low affinity interaction in which specific regions of each protein are implicated. Surprisingly, the interaction cannot be disrupted...... by single alanine substitution mutations, suggesting that binding is distributed over an extended interface. The C-terminal basic tail region of CF appears to be sufficient to mediate an interaction with PU.1-Ets, and neither acetylation nor phosphorylation of a peptide corresponding to this region disrupts...

  14. Electrodeposition of Pu in(NH4)2SO4 Solution

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    SUN; Xiao-yi; YANG; Chun-li; MAO; Guo-shu; HUANG; Kun; SUN; Hong-qing; MA; Peng

    2013-01-01

    The yield of eletrodeposition of Pu in ammonium oxalate is high,however the process should be heated and the pH changes too fast to control.To find a way to electroplate Pu with a high yield and easy operation,electro deposition of Pu in ammonium sulfate solution was studied.Firstly,destroy organics introduced in pretreatment with concentrated nitric acid and 30%hydrogen

  15. The transcription factor PU.1 promotes alternative macrophage polarization and asthmatic airway inflammation.

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    Qian, Feng; Deng, Jing; Lee, Yong Gyu; Zhu, Jimmy; Karpurapu, Manjula; Chung, Sangwoon; Zheng, Jun-Nian; Xiao, Lei; Park, Gye Young; Christman, John W

    2015-12-01

    The transcription factor PU.1 is involved in regulation of macrophage differentiation and maturation. However, the role of PU.1 in alternatively activated macrophage (AAM) and asthmatic inflammation has yet been investigated. Here we report that PU.1 serves as a critical regulator of AAM polarization and promotes the pathological progress of asthmatic airway inflammation. In response to the challenge of DRA (dust mite, ragweed, and Aspergillus) allergens, conditional PU.1-deficient (PU/ER(T)(+/-)) mice displayed attenuated allergic airway inflammation, including decreased alveolar eosinophil infiltration and reduced production of IgE, which were associated with decreased mucous glands and goblet cell hyperplasia. The reduced asthmatic inflammation in PU/ER(T)(+/-) mice was restored by adoptive transfer of IL-4-induced wild-type (WT) macrophages. Moreover, after treating PU/ER(T)(+/-) mice with tamoxifen to rescue PU.1 function, the allergic asthmatic inflammation was significantly restored. In vitro studies demonstrate that treatment of PU.1-deficient macrophages with IL-4 attenuated the expression of chitinase 3-like 3 (Ym-1) and resistin-like molecule alpha 1 (Fizz-1), two specific markers of AAM polarization. In addition, PU.1 expression in macrophages was inducible in response to IL-4 challenge, which was associated with phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6). Furthermore, DRA challenge in sensitized mice almost abrogated gene expression of Ym-1 and Fizz-1 in lung tissues of PU/ER(T)(+/-) mice compared with WT mice. These data, all together, indicate that PU.1 plays a critical role in AAM polarization and asthmatic inflammation.

  16. Bulk media assay using backscattered Pu-Be neutrons

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    1999-01-01

    Spectral yields of elastically backscattered Pu-Be neutrons measured for graphite, water, polyethylene, liquid nitrogen, paraffin oil, SiO sub 2 , Al, Fe, and Pb slabs show a definite correlation with the energy dependence of the elastic scattering cross sections, sigma sub E sub L (E sub n). The C, N and O can be identified by the different structures in their sigma sub E sub L (E sub n) functions. The integrated spectral yields versus thickness exhibit saturation for each sample. The interrogated volume is limited by the presence of hydrogen in the sample. (author)

  17. Automated homogeneous oxalate precipitation of Pu(III)

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    Homogeneous oxalate precipitation using diethyl oxalate was compared to precipitating Pu(III) oxalate with solid oxalic acid. The diethyl oxalate technique at 75 degree C is better because it gives 50% less plutonium in the filtrate with a reasonable filtering time. Also, the procedure for the homogeneous precipitation is easier to automate because the liquid diethyl oxalate is simpler to introduce into the precipitator than solid oxalic acid. It also provides flexibility because the hydrolysis rate and therefore the precipitation rate can be controlled by varying the temperature. 5 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  18. First-principles elastic properties of (alpha)-Pu

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    Soderlind, P; Klepeis, J E

    2008-11-04

    Density-functional electronic structure calculations have been used to investigate the ambient pressure and low temperature elastic properties of the ground-state {alpha} phase of plutonium metal. The electronic structure and correlation effects are modeled within a fully relativistic anti-ferromagnetic treatment with a generalized gradient approximation for the electron exchange and correlation functionals. The 13 independent elastic constants, for the monoclinic {alpha}-Pu system, are calculated for the observed geometry. A comparison of the results with measured data from resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for a cast sample is made.

  19. DOE plutonium disposition study: Pu consumption in ALWRs

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) has contracted with Asea Brown Boveri-Combustion Engineering (ABB-CE) to provide information on the capability of ABB-CE's System 80 + Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) to transform, through reactor burnup, 100 metric tonnes (MT) of weapons grade plutonium (Pu) into a form which is not readily useable in weapons. This information is being developed as part of DOE's Plutonium Disposition Study, initiated by DOE in response to Congressional action. This document Volume 2, provides a discussion of: Plutonium Fuel Cycle; Technology Needs; Regulatory Considerations; Cost and Schedule Estimates; and Deployment Strategy

  20. In vivo determination of nitrogen using Pu-Be sources.

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    Mernagh, J R; Harrison, J E; McNeill, K G

    1977-09-01

    A mehtod of measuring body nitrogen by neutron capture gamma analysis is described. The neutron flux is provided by four collimated 5 Ci Pu-Be sources, placed to give a bilateral irradiation of the subject. The 10-83 MeV thermal neutron capture gamma rays from 14N are detected by two heavily shielded 5 in X 4 in NaI(Tl) detectors. Results indicate a reproducibility +/-3% (1 SD) for a 10 min irradiation of the chest area, while giving a radiation dose equivalent of 50 mREM.

  1. First-principles elastic properties of (alpha)-Pu

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    Soderlind, P; Klepeis, J

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    Density-functional electronic-structure calculations have been used to investigate the ambient pressure and low temperature elastic properties of the ground-state {alpha} phase of plutonium metal. The electronic structure and correlation effects are modeled within a fully relativistic antiferromagnetic treatment with a generalized gradient approximation for the electron exchange and correlation functional. The 13 independent elastic constants, for the monoclinic {alpha}-Pu system, are calculated for the observed geometry. A comparison of the results with measured data from recent resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for a cast sample is made.

  2. The AS-76 interlaboratory experiment on the alpha spectrometric determination of Pu-238. Pt. 3

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    Four plutonium samples containing 0.2, 0.8, 1.6 and 0.9 Atom% of 238Pu have been prepared for the Interlaboratory Experiment AS-76. Of these, three were input solutions from a reprocessing plant. The fourth sample was from a plutonium product solution. These samples have been characterized by two alpha spectrometry laboratories and two mass spectrometry laboratories to certify the ratio of alpha activities 238Pu/(239Pu + 240Pu) and the isotopic composition, respectively. (orig.) 891 HP/orig. 892 MKO

  3. A Method for Continuous (239)Pu Determinations in Arctic and Antarctic Ice Cores.

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    Arienzo, M M; McConnell, J R; Chellman, N; Criscitiello, A S; Curran, M; Fritzsche, D; Kipfstuhl, S; Mulvaney, R; Nolan, M; Opel, T; Sigl, M; Steffensen, J P

    2016-07-01

    Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing (NWT) resulted in the injection of plutonium (Pu) into the atmosphere and subsequent global deposition. We present a new method for continuous semiquantitative measurement of (239)Pu in ice cores, which was used to develop annual records of fallout from NWT in ten ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. The (239)Pu was measured directly using an inductively coupled plasma-sector field mass spectrometer, thereby reducing analysis time and increasing depth-resolution with respect to previous methods. To validate this method, we compared our one year averaged results to published (239)Pu records and other records of NWT. The (239)Pu profiles from the Arctic ice cores reflected global trends in NWT and were in agreement with discrete Pu profiles from lower latitude ice cores. The (239)Pu measurements in the Antarctic ice cores tracked low latitude NWT, consistent with previously published discrete records from Antarctica. Advantages of the continuous (239)Pu measurement method are (1) reduced sample preparation and analysis time; (2) no requirement for additional ice samples for NWT fallout determinations; (3) measurements are exactly coregistered with all other chemical, elemental, isotopic, and gas measurements from the continuous analytical system; and (4) the long half-life means the (239)Pu record is stable through time. PMID:27244483

  4. Mass spectrometric studies of the vapour phase in the (Pu + O) system

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    Highlights: → Vapour pressure measurements performed at high temperatures on PuO2-x samples. → Experimental facility consisted of a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. → Partial pressures of gaseous species were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves. → (Pu + O) system was studied for stoichiometry corresponding to O/M from 1.5 to 2.0. - Abstract: Vapour pressure measurements at high temperatures have been performed on plutonium oxide samples using a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. Different experimental conditions were applied for the derivation of the solid-gas phase relations for three composition in the Pu-O phase diagram: the (Pu2O3-PuO2-x) two-phase domain, the congruent vapourisation composition and near stoichiometric PuO2.00. The partial pressures of the gaseous species PuO2, PuO, and Pu were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves recorded at constant temperature. The vapour pressure results for different phase fields were discussed together with all the available literature data.

  5. Pharmacologic efficacy of PU.1 inhibition by heterocyclic dications: a mechanistic analysis.

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    Stephens, Dominique C; Kim, Hye Mi; Kumar, Arvind; Farahat, Abdelbasset A; Boykin, David W; K Poon, Gregory M

    2016-05-19

    Heterocyclic dications are receiving increasing attention as targeted inhibitors of transcription factors. While many dications act as purely competitive inhibitors, some fail to displace protein efficiently at drug concentrations expected to saturate their DNA target. To achieve a mechanistic understanding of these non-competitive effects, we used a combination of dications, which are intrinsically fluorescent and spectrally-separated fluorescently labeled DNA to dissect complex interactions in multi-component drug/DNA/protein systems. Specifically, we interrogated site-specific binding by the transcription factor PU.1 and its perturbation by DB270, a furan-bisbenzimidazole-diamidine that strongly targets PU.1 binding sites yet poorly inhibits PU.1/DNA complexes. By titrating DB270 and/or cyanine-labeled DNA with protein or unlabeled DNA, and following the changes in their fluorescence polarization, we found direct evidence that DB270 bound protein independently of their mutual affinities for sequence-specific DNA. Each of the three species competed for the other two, and this interplay of mutually dependent equilibria abrogated DB270's inhibitory activity, which was substantively restored under conditions that attenuated DB270/PU.1 binding. PU.1 binding was consistent with DB270's poor inhibitory efficacy of PU.1 in vivo, while its isosteric selenophene analog (DB1976), which did not bind PU.1 and strongly inhibited the PU.1/DNA complex in vitro, fully antagonized PU.1-dependent transactivation in vivo.

  6. E2A Antagonizes PU.1 Activity through Inhibition of DNA Binding.

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    Rogers, Jason H; Owens, Kristin S; Kurkewich, Jeffrey; Klopfenstein, Nathan; Iyer, Sangeeta R; Simon, M Celeste; Dahl, Richard

    2016-01-01

    Antagonistic interactions between transcription factors contribute to cell fate decisions made by multipotent hematopoietic progenitor cells. Concentration of the transcription factor PU.1 affects myeloid/lymphoid development with high levels of PU.1 directing myeloid cell fate acquisition at the expense of B cell differentiation. High levels of PU.1 may be required for myelopoiesis in order to overcome inhibition of its activity by transcription factors that promote B cell development. The B cell transcription factors, E2A and EBF, are necessary for commitment of multipotential progenitors and lymphoid primed multipotential progenitors to lymphocytes. In this report we hypothesized that factors required for early B cell commitment would bind to PU.1 and antagonize its ability to induce myeloid differentiation. We investigated whether E2A and/or EBF associate with PU.1. We observed that the E2A component, E47, but not EBF, directly binds to PU.1. Additionally E47 represses PU.1-dependent transactivation of the MCSFR promoter through antagonizing PU.1's ability to bind to DNA. Exogenous E47 expression in hematopoietic cells inhibits myeloid differentiation. Our data suggest that E2A antagonism of PU.1 activity contributes to its ability to commit multipotential hematopoietic progenitors to the lymphoid lineages.

  7. A Method for Continuous (239)Pu Determinations in Arctic and Antarctic Ice Cores.

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    Arienzo, M M; McConnell, J R; Chellman, N; Criscitiello, A S; Curran, M; Fritzsche, D; Kipfstuhl, S; Mulvaney, R; Nolan, M; Opel, T; Sigl, M; Steffensen, J P

    2016-07-01

    Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing (NWT) resulted in the injection of plutonium (Pu) into the atmosphere and subsequent global deposition. We present a new method for continuous semiquantitative measurement of (239)Pu in ice cores, which was used to develop annual records of fallout from NWT in ten ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. The (239)Pu was measured directly using an inductively coupled plasma-sector field mass spectrometer, thereby reducing analysis time and increasing depth-resolution with respect to previous methods. To validate this method, we compared our one year averaged results to published (239)Pu records and other records of NWT. The (239)Pu profiles from the Arctic ice cores reflected global trends in NWT and were in agreement with discrete Pu profiles from lower latitude ice cores. The (239)Pu measurements in the Antarctic ice cores tracked low latitude NWT, consistent with previously published discrete records from Antarctica. Advantages of the continuous (239)Pu measurement method are (1) reduced sample preparation and analysis time; (2) no requirement for additional ice samples for NWT fallout determinations; (3) measurements are exactly coregistered with all other chemical, elemental, isotopic, and gas measurements from the continuous analytical system; and (4) the long half-life means the (239)Pu record is stable through time.

  8. Plutonium(IV) peroxide formation in nitric medium and kinetics Pu(VI) reduction by hydrogen peroxide

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    Reduction of plutonium (VI) to Pu(IV) with hydrogen peroxide is a step in industrial processes used to purify plutonium nitrate solutions. This operation must be carefully controlled, in order to avoid any formation of the Pu(IV) peroxide green precipitate and to obtain exclusively Pu(IV). This led us to study the acidity and Pu and H2O2 concentrations influences on the precipitate appearance and to perform a Pu(VI) reduction kinetic study on a wide range of acidities ([HNO3]: 0.5 to 8 M), plutonium concentrations ([Pu(VI)]: 0.1 to 0.8 M) and [H2O2]/[Pu(VI)] ratio (from 1 to 8). Thus, the domain of Pu(IV) peroxide formation and the reactional paths were established. With the exception of 0.5 M nitric acid medium, the kinetic curves show two distinct regims: the first one corresponds to an induction period where the Pu(VI) concentration doesn't change, the second corresponds to a linear decrease of Pu(VI). An increase of the temperature greatly accelerates the Pu(VI) reduction rate while [H2O2]/[Pu(VI)] has almost no influence. The Pu(VI) total reduction time decreases when initial concentration of plutonium increases. By increasing nitric acid concentration from 0.5 M to 6 M, the total Pu(VI) reduction time decreases. This time increases when [HNO3] varies from 6 M to 8 M. (orig.)

  9. Indication of single-crystal PuO2 oxidation from O 1s x-ray absorption spectra

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    Modin, A.; Yun, Y.; Suzuki, M.-T.; Vegelius, J.; Werme, L.; Nordgren, J.; Oppeneer, P. M.; Butorin, S. M.

    2011-02-01

    The electronic structure of single-crystal PuO2 is studied using O 1s x-ray absorption (XA) and x-ray emission. Interpretation of the experimental data is supported by extensive first-principles calculations on the basis of the densityfunctionaltheory+U approach. The measured XA spectra show a significant difference in intensity for the first two peaks between different spots or areas on the single crystal. Our theoretical simulations show that the first peak, at ~531 eV, can be attributed to O 2p-Pu 5f hybridization, while the second peak, at ~533.4 eV, is due to hybridization of O 2p with Pu d states. The reasons for the observed differences in the O 1s XA spectra are explored by calculating a number of defect structures PuO2±x as well as by simulating the existence of Pu(V) sites. Our results indicate the presence of oxidation states higher than Pu(IV) in some areas of the single crystal. The findings also suggest that plutonium oxide with a Pu fraction in an oxidation state higher than Pu(IV) consists of inequivalent Pu sites with Pu(IV)O2 and Pu(V)O2 rather than representing a system where the Pu oxidation state is constantly fluctuating between Pu(IV) and Pu(V).

  10. Genome-scale definition of the transcriptional programme associated with compromised PU.1 activity in acute myeloid leukaemia.

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    Sive, J I; Basilico, S; Hannah, R; Kinston, S J; Calero-Nieto, F J; Göttgens, B

    2016-01-01

    Transcriptional dysregulation is associated with haematological malignancy. Although mutations of the key haematopoietic transcription factor PU.1 are rare in human acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), they are common in murine models of radiation-induced AML, and PU.1 downregulation and/or dysfunction has been described in human AML patients carrying the fusion oncogenes RUNX1-ETO and PML-RARA. To study the transcriptional programmes associated with compromised PU.1 activity, we adapted a Pu.1-mutated murine AML cell line with an inducible wild-type PU.1. PU.1 induction caused transition from leukaemia phenotype to monocytic differentiation. Global binding maps for PU.1, CEBPA and the histone mark H3K27Ac with and without PU.1 induction showed that mutant PU.1 retains DNA-binding ability, but the induction of wild-type protein dramatically increases both the number and the height of PU.1-binding peaks. Correlating chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) Seq with gene expression data, we found that PU.1 recruitment coupled with increased histone acetylation induces gene expression and activates a monocyte/macrophage transcriptional programme. PU.1 induction also caused the reorganisation of a subgroup of CEBPA binding peaks. Finally, we show that the PU.1 target gene set defined in our model allows the stratification of primary human AML samples, shedding light on both known and novel AML subtypes that may be driven by PU.1 dysfunction.

  11. Transport of (137)Cs, (241)Am and Pu isotopes in the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea.

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    Lujanienė, G; Remeikaitė-Nikienė, N; Garnaga, G; Jokšas, K; Šilobritienė, B; Stankevičius, A; Šemčuk, S; Kulakauskaitė, I

    2014-01-01

    Activities of (137)Cs, (241)Am and (239,240)Pu were analyzed with special emphasis on better understanding of radionuclide transport from land via the Neman River estuaries to the Baltic Sea and behavior in the marine environment. Although activity concentrations of (137)Cs in water samples collected the Baltic Sea were almost 100 times higher as compared to the Curonian Lagoon, its activities in the bottom sediments were found to be comparable. Activity (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu and atom (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios indicated a different contribution of the Chernobyl-originated Pu to the suspended particulate matter (SPM) and bottom sediments. The largest amount of the Chernobyl-derived Pu was found in the smallest suspended matter particles of 0.2-1 μm in size collected in the Klaipeda Strait in 2011-2012. The decrease of characteristic activity (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu and atom (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios towards the global fallout ones in surface soil and the corresponding increase of plutonium (Pu) ratios in the suspended particulate matter and bottom sediments have indicated that the Chernobyl-derived Pu, primarily deposited on the soil surface, was washed out and transported to the Baltic Sea. Behavior of (241)Am was found to be similar to that of Pu isotopes.

  12. PU.1 antisense lncRNA against its mRNA translation promotes adipogenesis in porcine preadipocytes.

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    Wei, N; Wang, Y; Xu, R-X; Wang, G-Q; Xiong, Y; Yu, T-Y; Yang, G-S; Pang, W-J

    2015-04-01

    Antisense long non-coding RNAs (AS lncRNAs) play important roles in refined regulation of animal gene expression. However, their functions and molecular mechanisms for domestic animal adipogenesis are largely unknown. Here, we found a novel AS lncRNA transcribed from the porcine PU.1 gene (also known as SPI1) by strand-specific RT-PCR. Results showed that PU.1 AS lncRNA was expressed and generally lower than the level of PU.1 mRNA in porcine subcutaneous adipose, heart, liver, spleen, lympha, skeletal muscle and kidney tissues. We further found that the levels of PU.1 mRNA and PU.1 protein were significantly lower in subcutaneous and intermuscular adipose than in mesenteric and greater omentum adipose, whereas the levels of PU.1 AS lncRNA showed no difference in porcine adipose tissues from four different parts of the body. During porcine adipogenesis, levels of PU.1 mRNA increased at day 2 and then gradually decreased. Meanwhile, PU.1 AS lncRNA exhibited an expression trend similar to PU.1 mRNA but sharply decreased after day 2. Interestingly, PU.1 protein level rose during differentiation. In addition, at day 6 after differentiation, knockdown of endogenous PU.1 promoted adipogenesis, whereas knockdown of endogenous PU.1 AS lncRNA had the opposite effect. Moreover, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG) and fatty acid synthase (FASN) were significantly upregulated in the PU.1 shRNA treatment group (P PU.1 AS shRNA treatment group (P PU.1 mRNA/PU.1 AS lncRNA duplex was detected by an endogenous ribonuclease protection assay combined with RT-PCR. Based on the above results, we suggest that PU.1 AS lncRNA (vs. its mRNA translation) promotes adipogenesis through the formation of a sense-antisense RNA duplex with PU.1 mRNA.

  13. Decreased solubilization of Pu(IV) polymers by humic acids under anoxic conditions

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    Xie, Jinchuan; Lin, Jianfeng; Liang, Wei; Li, Mei; Zhou, Xiaohua

    2016-11-01

    Pu(IV) polymer has a very low solubility (log[Pu(IV)aq]total = -10.4 at pH 7.2 and I = 0). However, some aspects of their environmental fate remain unclear. Humic acids are able to complex with Pu4+ ions and their dissolved species (Pu(IV) to Pu(III)aq (log[Pu(III)aq]total = -5.3 at pH 7.2 and I = 0). Solubilization and reduction of the polymers can enhance their mobility in subsurface environments. Nevertheless, humic acids readily coat the surfaces of metal oxides via electrostatic interaction and ligand exchange mechanisms. The humic coatings are expected to prevent both solubilization and reduction of the polymers. Experiments were conducted under anoxic and slightly alkaline (pH 7.2) conditions in order to study whether humic acids have effects on stability of the polymers. The results show that the polymeric Pu(IV) was almost completely transformed into aqueous Pu(IV) in the presence of EDTA ligands. In contrast, the dissolved humic acids did not solubilize the polymers but in fact decreased their solubility by one order of magnitude. The humic coatings were responsible for the decreased solubilization. Such coatings limited the contact between the polymers and EDTA ligands, especially at the relatively high concentrations of humic acids (>0.57 mg/L). Solubilization of the humic-coated polymers was thus inhibited to a significant extent although EDTA, having the great complexation ability, was present in the humic solutions. Reduction of Pu(IV) polymers by the humic acids was also not observed in the absence of EDTA. In the presence of EDTA, the polymers were partially reduced to Pu(III)aq by the humic acids of 0.57 mg/L and the percentage of Pu(III)aq accounted for 51.7% of the total aqueous Pu. This demonstrates that the humic acids were able to reduce the aqueous Pu(IV), instead of the polymeric Pu(IV). Such a demonstration is supported by the very positive redox potential of aqueous Pu(IV)-EDTA complex: Eho ‧ (PuL24-/PuL25-) = 154.3 mV >>Eh (PuO2 (am

  14. Thermal Analysis of ZPPR High Pu Content Stored Fuel

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    The Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR) operated from April 18, 1969, until 1990. ZPPR operated at low power for testing nuclear reactor designs. This paper examines the temperature of Pu content ZPPR fuel while it is in storage. Heat is generated in the fuel due to Pu and Am decay and is a concern for possible cladding damage. Damage to the cladding could lead to fuel hydriding and oxidizing. A series of computer simulations were made to determine the range of temperatures potentially occuring in the ZPPR fuel. The maximum calculated fuel temperature is 292°C (558°F). Conservative assumptions in the model intentionally overestimate temperatures. The stored fuel temperatures are dependent on the distribution of fuel in the surrounding storage compartments, the heat generation rate of the fuel, and the orientation of fuel. Direct fuel temperatures could not be measured but storage bin doors, storage sleeve doors, and storage canister temperatures were measured. Comparison of these three temperatures to the calculations indicates that the temperatures calculated with conservative assumptions are, as expected, higher than the actual temperatures. The maximum calculated fuel temperature with the most conservative assumptions is significantly below the fuel failure criterion of 600°C (1,112°F)

  15. Ionospheric perturbations before Pu'er earthquake observed on DEMETER

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    ZHU Rong; YANG Dong-mei; JING Feng; YANG Jun-ying; OUYANG Xin-yan

    2008-01-01

    A destructive shock with magnitude of 6.3 occurred on 2 June 2007 at 21h34min56s UT in Pu'er region (23.0°N, 101.1°E), Yunnan Province, China. The data from DEMETER satellite during the period from 23 May to 2 June, i.e., ten days before the earthquake and one day just on the day of earthquake occurrence, were analyzed. Among the 284 orbits of DEMETER during the period, 29 orbits with the trace passing through the region within 1 888 km from the epicenter were selected to be studied. Seven anomalous events were found on the dataset of the seven orbits among the 29 ones. There existed synchronous perturbations on the variations of the spectrogram of the electric field and the variations of the density and temperature of the ions and electron, in contrast with the variations of its surrounding area. And five events appeared in the space within 1 888 km from the epicenter while the other two were out of the studied area. Electrostatic turbulences were also recorded with the synchronous perturbations with that in the electron density and ions density in plasma in the region near the epicenter in the five events, which seems to suggest that there be some physical relation between these events and the preparation processes of Pu'er earthquake.

  16. Decommissioning of a 239Pu contaminated incinerator facility

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    In early 1978, a plutonium contaminated incinerator facility at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), Los Alamos, New Mexico, was decommissioned. The project involved dismantling the facility and disposal by burial or by retrievable storage of the debri at an on-site waste disposal area. Contaminated soil from the 0.5 hectare area was buried. The facility was constructed in 1951 to incinerate plutonium contaminated wastes. It was later used as a decontamination facility. The major features included a 185 m2 control building, incinerator, cyclone dust collector, spray cooler, venturi scrubber, air filter bank, ash separator, and two 140,000 litres ash storage tanks. Preliminary soil contamination surveys were performed by a LASL developed portable phoswich detector system. Final soil contamination levels were measured with a zinc sulphide gross alpha scintillation system. Six hundred cubic metres of debris and 1200 m3 of soil contaminated with less than 10 nCi 239 Pu/g were buried at the LASL disposal area. Five cubic metres of 239 Pu contaminated ash residues were packed and stored to meet the Department of Energy's 20 year retrievable storage criteria. (author)

  17. Complicaciones en las puérperas laparotomizadas de urgencia

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available La presencia de una complicación intrabdominal postoperatoria después de una laparotomía agrava el estado de salud del paciente y ensombrece el pronóstico, a pesar del uso adecuado de antimicrobianos, de la correcta nutrición y de las ventajas de los cuidados intensivos. Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo descriptivo, con el objetivo de caracterizar las complicaciones en las puérperas, a las que se les practicaron laparotomías de urgencia. Se analizaron las referidas pacientes atendidas en el Hospital Ginecoobstétrico “Piti Fajardo” y en el Hospital General Docente “Aleida Fernández Chardiet”, en el periodo comprendido entre enero del 2010 y diciembre del 2012. La muestra quedó conformada por nueve pacientes. Las complicaciones más presentadas fueron los trastornos hidroelectrolíticos y los trastornos del equilibrio ácido básico. No hubo muerte materna ni fetal. Las puérperas que más complicaciones presentaron fueron las de 35 años y más, con diagnóstico de placenta acreta, hematoma de la cúpula vaginal y atonía uterina. El tiempo de evolución hasta el tratamiento definitivo fue menor de 12 horas

  18. On the Multi-Reference Nature of Plutonium Oxides: PuO$_2^{2+}$, PuO$_2$, PuO$_3$ and PuO$_2$(OH)$_2$

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    Boguslawski, Katharina; Tecmer, Paweł; Duperrouzel, Corinne; Gomes, André Severo Pereira; Legeza, Örs; Ayers, Paul W; Vallet, Valérie

    2016-01-01

    Actinide-containing complexes present formidable challenges for electronic structure methods due to the large number of degenerate or quasi-degenerate electronic states arising from partially occupied 5f and 6d shells. Conventional multi-reference methods can treat active spaces that are often at the upper limit of what is required for a proper treatment of species with complex electronic structures, leaving no room for verifying their suitability. In this work we address the issue of properly defining the active spaces in such calculations, and introduce a protocol to determine optimal active spaces based on the use of the Density Matrix Renormalization Group algorithm and concepts of quantum information theory. We apply the protocol to elucidate the electronic structure and bonding mechanism of volatile plutonium oxides (PuO$_3$ and PuO$_2$(OH)$_2$), species associated with nuclear safety issues for which little is known about the electronic structure and energetics. We show how, within a scalar relativisti...

  19. Thermal Analysis of ZPPR High Pu Content Stored Fuel

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR operated from April 18, 1969, until 1990. ZPPR operated at low power for testing nuclear reactor designs. This paper examines the temperature of Pu content ZPPR fuel while it is in storage. Heat is generated in the fuel due to Pu and Am decay and is a concern for possible cladding damage. Damage to the cladding could lead to fuel hydriding and oxidizing. A series of computer simulations were made to determine the range of temperatures potentially occuring in the ZPPR fuel. The maximum calculated fuel temperature is 292°C (558°F. Conservative assumptions in the model intentionally overestimate temperatures. The stored fuel temperatures are dependent on the distribution of fuel in the surrounding storage compartments, the heat generation rate of the fuel, and the orientation of fuel. Direct fuel temperatures could not be measured but storage bin doors, storage sleeve doors, and storage canister temperatures were measured. Comparison of these three temperatures to the calculations indicates that the temperatures calculated with conservative assumptions are, as expected, higher than the actual temperatures. The maximum calculated fuel temperature with the most conservative assumptions is significantly below the fuel failure criterion of 600°C (1,112°F.

  20. Electronic structure and chemical bond nature in Cs2PuO2Cl4

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    Teterin Yury A.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available X-ray photoelectron spectral analysis of dicaesiumtetrachlorodioxoplutonate (Cs2PuO2Cl4 single crystal was done in the binding energy range 0-~35 eV on the basis of binding energies and structure of the core electronic shells (~35 eV-1250 eV, as well as the relativistic discrete variation calculation results for the PuO2Cl4 (D4h. This cluster reflects Pu close environment in Cs2PuO2Cl4 containing the plutonyl group PuO2. The many-body effects due to the presence of cesium and chlorine were shown to contribute to the outer valence (0-~15 eV binding energy spectral structure much less than to the inner valence (~15 eV- ~35 eV binding energy one. The filled Pu 5f electronic states were theoretically calculated and experimentally con- firmed to present in the valence band of Cs2PuO2Cl4. It corroborates the suggestion on the direct participation of the Pu 5f electrons in the chemical bond. The Pu 6p atomic orbitals were shown to participate in formation of both the inner and the outer valence molecular orbitals (bands, while the filled Pu 6p and O 2s, Cl 3s electronic shells were found to take the largest part in formation of the inner valence molecular orbitals. The composition of molecular orbitals and the sequence order in the binding energy range 0-~35 eV in Cs2PuO2Cl4 were established. The quantitative scheme of molecular orbitals for Cs2PuO2Cl4 in the binding energy range 0-~15 eV was built on the basis of the experimental and theoretical data. It is fundamental for both understanding the chemical bond nature in Cs2PuO2Cl4 and the interpretation of other X-ray spectra of Cs2PuO2Cl4. The contributions to the chemical binding for the PuO2Cl4 cluster were evaluated to be: the contribution of the outer valence molecular orbitals -66 %, the contribution of the inner valence molecular orbitals -34 %.

  1. Chronology of Pu isotopes and 236U in an Arctic ice core.

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    Wendel, C C; Oughton, D H; Lind, O C; Skipperud, L; Fifield, L K; Isaksson, E; Tims, S G; Salbu, B

    2013-09-01

    In the present work, state of the art isotopic fingerprinting techniques are applied to an Arctic ice core in order to quantify deposition of U and Pu, and to identify possible tropospheric transport of debris from former Soviet Union test sites Semipalatinsk (Central Asia) and Novaya Zemlya (Arctic Ocean). An ice core chronology of (236)U, (239)Pu, and (240)Pu concentrations, and atom ratios, measured by accelerator mass spectrometry in a 28.6m deep ice core from the Austfonna glacier at Nordaustlandet, Svalbard is presented. The ice core chronology corresponds to the period 1949 to 1999. The main sources of Pu and (236)U contamination in the Arctic were the atmospheric nuclear detonations in the period 1945 to 1980, as global fallout, and tropospheric fallout from the former Soviet Union test sites Novaya Zemlya and Semipalatinsk. Activity concentrations of (239+240)Pu ranged from 0.008 to 0.254 mBq cm(-2) and (236)U from 0.0039 to 0.053 μBq cm(-2). Concentrations varied in concordance with (137)Cs concentrations in the same ice core. In contrast to previous published results, the concentrations of Pu and (236)U were found to be higher at depths corresponding to the pre-moratorium period (1949 to 1959) than to the post-moratorium period (1961 and 1962). The (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratio ranged from 0.15 to 0.19, and (236)U/(239)Pu ranged from 0.18 to 1.4. The Pu atom ratios ranged within the limits of global fallout in the most intensive period of nuclear atmospheric testing (1952 to 1962). To the best knowledge of the authors the present work is the first publication on biogeochemical cycles with respect to (236)U concentrations and (236)U/(239)Pu atom ratios in the Arctic and in ice cores.

  2. Neutron-induced transmutation reactions in 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu at the massive natural uranium spallation target

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    Transmutation reactions in the 237Np, 238Pu, and 239Pu samples were investigated in the neutron field generated inside a massive (m = 512 kg) natural uranium spallation target. The uranium target assembly QUINTA was irradiated with the deuteron beams of kinetic energy 2, 4, and 8 GeV provided by the Nuclotron accelerator at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna. The neutron-induced transmutation of the actinide samples was measured off-line by implementing methods of gamma-ray spectrometry with HPGe detectors. Results of measurement are expressed in the form of both the individual reaction rates and average fission transmutation rates. For the purpose of validation of radiation transport programs, the experimental results were compared with simulations of neutron production and distribution performed by the MCNPX 2.7 and MARS15 codes employing the INCL4-ABLA physics models and LAQGSM event generator, respectively. In general, a good agreement between the experimental and calculated reaction rates was found in the whole interval of provided beam energies

  3. Bioreduction amenability testing of actinide contaminated soils. The systems: Am241-Pu238, Am241-Pu239/40, U

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    Bioreductive processing of actinide contaminated soils can achieve extraction levels in excess of 97% for both plutonium and uranium contaminants. Reasonable reaction rates of 4 to 6 day resident times for Pu-Am have been demonstrated on 4 gram sample charges. Longer reaction times of 17 days required for uranium extraction can be improved by soil sample preconditioning and/or an increase in process reagent concentrations. The environmentally benign treatment process operates at pH 6--7, preserves the original soil matrix, and utilizes standard processing equipment. The process reagent component (inoculum SD-1 and biological growth medium PX100 trademark) are available for utilization in an integrated system. Process techniques developed by MBX, involving graduated volume bioreactors have been proven to alleviate biological toxicity problems in treatment leachates. Bioreduction processing of actinide contaminated soils, preconditioning of soil charges, and recycling or vegetation of unacceptable tailings can be combined to provide an effective and environmentally attractive method of remediation. The soil test program was designed to determine the applicability of the MBX bioreductive technology to solubilize Pu and Am from RFP, Mound and LANL soils and uranium from Hanford and Fernald soils

  4. Evaluation of the thermal-neutron constants for 233U, 235U, 239Pu and 241Pu

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    A consistent set of best values of the 2200 meter/second neutron cross sections, Westcott g-factors, and fission neutron yields for 233U, 235U, 239Pu and 241Pu are presented. A least squares fitting program, LSF, is used to obtain the best fit and to estimate the sensitivity of these fissile parameters to the quoted uncertainties in experimental data. The half-lives of the uranium and plutonium nuclides have been evaluated and these have been used to reassess the significant experimental data. The latest revision of the spontaneous fission neutron yield anti nu, of 252Cf and the foil thickness corrections to the fission neutron yield ratios of fissile nuclei to 252Cf are included. These lead to greater consistency in the data used for anti nu (252Cf). Similarly, the 234U half-life as revised leads to improved consistency in the 235U fission cross section. Comparison is made with the values from ENDF/B-V and other evaluations

  5. ZPR-6 assembly 7 high {sup 240}Pu core experiments : a fast reactor core with mixed (Pu,U)-oxide fuel and a centeral high{sup 240}Pu zone.

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    Lell, R. M.; Morman, J. A.; Schaefer, R.W.; McKnight, R.D.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2009-02-23

    ZPR-6 Assembly 7 (ZPR-6/7) encompasses a series of experiments performed at the ZPR-6 facility at Argonne National Laboratory in 1970 and 1971 as part of the Demonstration Reactor Benchmark Program (Reference 1). Assembly 7 simulated a large sodium-cooled LMFBR with mixed oxide fuel, depleted uranium radial and axial blankets, and a core H/D near unity. ZPR-6/7 was designed to test fast reactor physics data and methods, so configurations in the Assembly 7 program were as simple as possible in terms of geometry and composition. ZPR-6/7 had a very uniform core assembled from small plates of depleted uranium, sodium, iron oxide, U{sub 3}O{sub 8} and Pu-U-Mo alloy loaded into stainless steel drawers. The steel drawers were placed in square stainless steel tubes in the two halves of a split table machine. ZPR-6/7 had a simple, symmetric core unit cell whose neutronic characteristics were dominated by plutonium and {sup 238}U. The core was surrounded by thick radial and axial regions of depleted uranium to simulate radial and axial blankets and to isolate the core from the surrounding room. The ZPR-6/7 program encompassed 139 separate core loadings which include the initial approach to critical and all subsequent core loading changes required to perform specific experiments and measurements. In this context a loading refers to a particular configuration of fueled drawers, radial blanket drawers and experimental equipment (if present) in the matrix of steel tubes. Two principal core configurations were established. The uniform core (Loadings 1-84) had a relatively uniform core composition. The high {sup 240}Pu core (Loadings 85-139) was a variant on the uniform core. The plutonium in the Pu-U-Mo fuel plates in the uniform core contains 11% {sup 240}Pu. In the high {sup 240}Pu core, all Pu-U-Mo plates in the inner core region (central 61 matrix locations per half of the split table machine) were replaced by Pu-U-Mo plates containing 27% {sup 240}Pu in the plutonium

  6. {sup 241}Pu concentrations in water, plankton and fish from the southern Baltic Sea

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    Struminska-Parulska, D.I.; Skwarzec, B. [Gdansk, Univ. (Poland). Facuty of Chemistry

    2013-08-01

    The aim of the work was to determine {sup 241}Pu activities in different components (water, plankton and fish) of the southern Baltic Sea ecosystem. Measurement of {sup 241}Pu in the samples was done indirectly by determining the increment in {sup 241}Am from the decay of the {beta}-emitting {sup 241}Pu in samples collected 10-15 years after the Chernobyl accident. Enhanced levels of {sup 241}Pu were observed in all analyzed Baltic samples. The highest {sup 241}Pu concentrations in fish were found in Perciformes: benthic round goby (0.863 {+-} 0.066 mBq/g ww) and pelagic perch (0.666 {+-} 0.001 mBq/g ww). Plutonium is also non-uniformly distributed in the organs and tissues of the analyzed fish; especially pelagic herring and cod as well as benthic flounder. Most of {sup 241}Pu in flounder, herring and cod is located in soft tissues, especially digestive organs (stomach, intestine, liver). The annual individual effective doses calculated on the basis of {sup 241}Pu concentrations in fish indicated that the impact of the consumption of {sup 241}Pu containing Baltic fish on the annual effective dose for a statistical inhabitant of Poland was very small. (orig.)

  7. Adsorption and diffusion of Pu in soils. Progress report, April 1, 1975--December 1975

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    Adsorption, desorption, and diffusion coefficients of 238Pu were determined for three contrasting soils, Fuquay sand, Hanford sandy loam, and Muscatine silt loam. Aqueous diffusion of 238Pu was determined for solutions of nitric acid, and calcium and cerium nitrate salt solutions

  8. Preparation,structure and properties of porous polyimide films via PAA/PU alloy

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    LIU Jiugui; JIANG Lizhong; ZHAN Jiayu; WU Dezhen; JIN Riguang

    2007-01-01

    A new route to porous polyimide(PI)films with pore sizes in the nanometer regime was developed.A polyamic acid(PAA)/polyurethane(PU)blend with PU as the disperse phase was first prepared via in situ polymerization of pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4-oxydianiline in PU solutions.Porous PI films were obtained from PAAJPU films by thermolysis of PU at 360℃ and imidization of PAA at 300℃,respectively.Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis were used to detect the imidization and thermolysis processes of PAA/PU blends under thermal treatment.The microporous structure of the PI films was observed by transmission electron microscopy.It was found that the size and content of pores increased with an increase in the PU mass fraction in the PAA/PU blend up to 20%.Because of the existence of nanopores,the dielectric constant of PI films decreased by a wide margin and was less than 2.0 at a PU mass fraction of 20%.It implies that this is an effective means to reduce the dielectric constant of PI,but it also causes the decrease of tensile strength and the rise of water absorption.

  9. Thermal ionization mass spectrometric study of U-Pu-O system

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    First inference from a thermal ionization mass spectrometric study of samples corresponding to the ternary U-Pu-O system, especially if high surface ionization temperatures are employed, is likely to be at variance with that from equilibrium vaporization thermodynamic studies, that the atomic species U and Pu dominate the vapor phase

  10. Recommendations for the 242Pu content evaluation using a new algorithm

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    Plutonium isotopic determination by gamma spectrometry is an important nondestructive assay (NDA) method widely used by laboratories, operators, and safeguards directorates. Significant improvements have been made in the last few years on plutonium gamma-ray analysis, which have led to a very low discrepancy between gamma measurement and mass spectrometry (≤ ±2%) for the detectable isotopes. This leads to the fact that one important source of error is now the 242Pu content evaluation using correlation with the other isotopes. Moreover, the 242Pu content on the total plutonium is not negligible for typical burnup (it can reach 8 to 10% for burnup of ∼40 GWd/tonne U). This means that a lack of knowledge on the 242Pu content evaluation will generate an important error on the total plutonium mass estimation. The correlation used by many codes (like MGA) is as follows: 242Pu = C240Pu/Pu239241Pu/239Pu. This correlation leads to an average difference between NDA evaluation and mass spectrometry of ∼20%

  11. Quantative autoradiography of inhaled 239PuO2 in the lung

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    PuO2 particles behaved similarly in the lungs of rat and hamster. The relative concentrations of PuO2 up to 1-yr postexposure were 1.0 for lung parenchyma, 1.3 for subpleural areas, 0.5 for peribronchiolar regions and 0.2 for perivascular regions in the lungs

  12. PU.1 cooperates with IRF4 and IRF8 to suppress pre-B-cell leukemia.

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    Pang, S H M; Minnich, M; Gangatirkar, P; Zheng, Z; Ebert, A; Song, G; Dickins, R A; Corcoran, L M; Mullighan, C G; Busslinger, M; Huntington, N D; Nutt, S L; Carotta, S

    2016-06-01

    The Ets family transcription factor PU.1 and the interferon regulatory factor (IRF)4 and IRF8 regulate gene expression by binding to composite DNA sequences known as Ets/interferon consensus elements. Although all three factors are expressed from the onset of B-cell development, single deficiency of these factors in B-cell progenitors only mildly impacts on bone marrow B lymphopoiesis. Here we tested whether PU.1 cooperates with IRF factors in regulating early B-cell development. Lack of PU.1 and IRF4 resulted in a partial block in development the pre-B-cell stage. The combined deletion of PU.1 and IRF8 reduced recirculating B-cell numbers. Strikingly, all PU.1/IRF4 and ~50% of PU.1/IRF8 double deficient mice developed pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) associated with reduced expression of the established B-lineage tumor suppressor genes, Ikaros and Spi-B. These genes are directly regulated by PU.1/IRF4/IRF8, and restoration of Ikaros or Spi-B expression inhibited leukemic cell growth. In summary, we demonstrate that PU.1, IRF4 and IRF8 cooperate to regulate early B-cell development and to prevent pre-B-ALL formation.

  13. Pu isotopes in soils collected downwind from Lop Nor: regional fallout vs. global fallout.

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    Bu, Wenting; Ni, Youyi; Guo, Qiuju; Zheng, Jian; Uchida, Shigeo

    2015-07-17

    For the first time, soil core samples from the Jiuquan region have been analyzed for Pu isotopes for radioactive source identification and radiological assessment. The Jiuquan region is in downwind from the Lop Nor Chinese nuclear test (CNT) site. The high Pu inventories (13 to 546 Bq/m(2)) in most of the sampling locations revealed that this region was heterogeneously contaminated by the regional fallout Pu from the CNTs. The contributions of the CNTs to the total Pu in soils were estimated to be more than 40% in most cases. The (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios in the soils ranged from 0.059 to 0.186 with an inventory-weighted average of 0.158, slightly lower than that of global fallout. This atom ratio could be considered as a mixed fingerprint of Pu from the CNTs. In addition, Pu in soils of Jiuquan region had a faster downward migration rate compared with other investigated places in China.

  14. PIXE analysis of U and Pu from hot particles: K-lines vs L-lines

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    Jiménez-Ramos, M.C.; García López, J.; Eriksson, M.;

    2012-01-01

    and Pu, were analyzed.In this work, the key goal is the possibility to determine elemental ratios and concentration of transuranic elements in hot particles from the same areas but using their K-lines, because of their advantages in comparison with the study of L-lines. Indeed, the U and Pu K...

  15. Deposition of [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am in the Antarctic peninsula area

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    Roos, P.; Holm, E.; Persson, R.B.R. (Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Radiation Physics); Aarkrog, A.; Nielsen, S.P. (Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark))

    1994-01-01

    [sup 210]Pb, [sup 137]Cs, [sup 239+240]Pu, [sup 238]Pu, and [sup 241]Am were analysed in lichen, moss, grass and soil samples, as well as in lake sediments, from the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic, in order to evaluate the flux and deposition of these elements. Average inventories of the analysed radionuclides in 1988 are given. The ratios [sup 238]Pu/[sup 239+240]Pu and [sup 241]Am/[sup 239+240]Pu of 0.21 [+-] 0.04 and 0.35 [+-] 0.08 respectively agree well with expected values in this area. A significant difference in [sup 137]Cs/[sup 239+240]Pu ratios between lichens and moss/grass/soil is observed which may be an effect of submerging and melt water altering radionuclide ratios. From one of three lakes studied it is possible to perform [sup 210]Pb dating with reasonable accuracy showing an average annual sediment accumulation in this lake of about 45 g m[sup -2]. (author).

  16. Chronology of Pu isotopes and {sup 236}U in an Arctic ice core

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    Wendel, C.C., E-mail: cato.wendel@umb.no [Isotope Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas (Norway); Oughton, D.H., E-mail: deborah.oughton@umb.no [Isotope Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas (Norway); Lind, O.C., E-mail: ole-christian.lind@umb.no [Isotope Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas (Norway); Skipperud, L., E-mail: lindis.skipperud@umb.no [Isotope Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas (Norway); Fifield, L.K., E-mail: keith.fifield@anu.edu.au [Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Isaksson, E., E-mail: elisabeth.isaksson@npolar.no [Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, Hjalmar Johansens Gate 14, N9296 Tromsø (Norway); Tims, S.G., E-mail: steve.tims@anu.edu.au [Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Salbu, B., E-mail: brit.salbu@umb.no [Isotope Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas (Norway)

    2013-09-01

    In the present work, state of the art isotopic fingerprinting techniques are applied to an Arctic ice core in order to quantify deposition of U and Pu, and to identify possible tropospheric transport of debris from former Soviet Union test sites Semipalatinsk (Central Asia) and Novaya Zemlya (Arctic Ocean). An ice core chronology of {sup 236}U, {sup 239}Pu, and {sup 240}Pu concentrations, and atom ratios, measured by accelerator mass spectrometry in a 28.6 m deep ice core from the Austfonna glacier at Nordaustlandet, Svalbard is presented. The ice core chronology corresponds to the period 1949 to 1999. The main sources of Pu and {sup 236}U contamination in the Arctic were the atmospheric nuclear detonations in the period 1945 to 1980, as global fallout, and tropospheric fallout from the former Soviet Union test sites Novaya Zemlya and Semipalatinsk. Activity concentrations of {sup 239+240}Pu ranged from 0.008 to 0.254 mBq cm{sup −2} and {sup 236}U from 0.0039 to 0.053 μBq cm{sup −2}. Concentrations varied in concordance with {sup 137}Cs concentrations in the same ice core. In contrast to previous published results, the concentrations of Pu and {sup 236}U were found to be higher at depths corresponding to the pre-moratorium period (1949 to 1959) than to the post-moratorium period (1961 and 1962). The {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu ratio ranged from 0.15 to 0.19, and {sup 236}U/{sup 239}Pu ranged from 0.18 to 1.4. The Pu atom ratios ranged within the limits of global fallout in the most intensive period of nuclear atmospheric testing (1952 to 1962). To the best knowledge of the authors the present work is the first publication on biogeochemical cycles with respect to {sup 236}U concentrations and {sup 236}U/{sup 239}Pu atom ratios in the Arctic and in ice cores. - Highlights: • Concentrations and atom ratios of Pu and {sup 236}U determined in an Arctic ice core. • Concentrations of U and Pu found to be higher pre- than post-moratorium. • U and Pu concentrations

  17. Inhaled 239PuO2 in rats with pulmonary emphysema. II

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    The modifying effects of pre-existing pulmonary emphysema on deposition, distribution, retention, and effects of inhaled 239PuO2 in the rat were investigated. The presence of emphysema in the rats tested was indicated by respiratory function measurements and confirmed microscopically. Initial lung burdens of 239Pu per kg body weight were less in rats with emphysema than in control rats; however, the retention of 239Pu was similar in emphysematous and control rats. Survival and lung tumor occurrence were similar in emphysematous and control rats exposed to 239PuO2. We concluded that rats with pre-existing pulmonary emphysema were not more sensitive to the effects of inhaled 239PuO2 than control rats. (author)

  18. Sorption of Pu(IV) from nitric acid by bifunctional anion-exchange resins

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    Anion exchange is attractive for separating plutonium because the Pu(IV) nitrate complex is very strongly sorbed and few other metal ions form competing anionic nitrate complexes. The major disadvantage of this process has been the unusually slow rate at which the Pu(IV) nitrate complex is sorbed by the resin. The paper summarizes the concept of bifunctional anion-exchange resins, proposed mechanism for Pu(IV) sorption, synthesis of the alkylating agent, calculation of Kd values from Pu(IV) sorption results, and conclusions from the study of Pu(IV) sorption from 7M nitric acid by macroporous anion-exchange resins including level of crosslinking, level of alkylation, length of spacer, and bifunctional vs. monofunctional anion-exchange resins

  19. Simultaneous measurement of {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu, and {sup 242}Pu by high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (HR ICP-MS) in marine sediments; Mesure des isotopes du plutonium des sediments marins par spectrometrie de masse a plasma couple inductivement haute resolution (HR ICP-MS)

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    Bruneau, F

    1999-07-01

    Transuranics elements are of particular interest in radioecological studies because of their radiotoxicity and their potential use to decipher source fingerprints and transport processes. The simultaneous measurement of {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu, {sup 241}Pu, and {sup 242}Pu in environmental samples requires a specific chemical procedure. This work deals with an analytical procedure which yields a very high grade of purification of Pu suitable for ultra low level detection by HR ICP-MS, from marine sediments. After the elimination of major elements (Fe, Al, Mg...) by a first chromatographic separation, a new device of purification by solvent extraction and concentration by a second chromatographic separation is used to obtain a concentrated and high purified solution of plutonium. The chemical procedure have been validated on IAEA certified sediment samples and on sediment samples collected in the roads of Cherbourg which had been previously analysed by other techniques (a spectrometry and thermo-ionisation mass spectrometer). (author)

  20. Synthesis and fluorescence enhancement behavior of a novel fluorescent aqueous polyurethane emulsion DDAQ-TDI-PU

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    Xian Hai Hu; Xing Yuan Zhang; Jia Bing Dai

    2012-01-01

    A novel fluorescent aqueous polyurethane emulsion DDAQ-TDI-PU was synthesized by blocking the anthraquinone moiety of 1,4-diamino-2,3-diphenoxyanthraquinone (DDAQ) into polyurethane chain using 2,4-tolylene diisocyanate (TDI),poly(propylene glycol) and 2,2-dimethylol propionic acid.The chain structure of DDAQ-TDI-PU was confirmed by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and UV-vis analysis.Comparing to the UV-vis spectrum of DDAQ,DDAQ-TDI-PU showed a hypsochromic shift from the absorption maxima of 518,558,609 nm to 510,548,586 nm,respectively.It was found that the fluorescence intensity of DDAQ-TDI-PU emulsion was enhanced greatly comparing with that of DDAQ.The fluorescence of DDAQ-TDI-PU was very stable not only for the long term storage but also for the fluorescence quencher.

  1. U.S.-Russian experts NATO collaborative research grant exchange visit meeting on excess Pu ceramics formulations and characterizations

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    Jardine, L.J., LLNL

    1998-11-24

    This document contains the agenda and meeting notes. Topics of discussion included US Pu disposition ceramics activities, Russian experience and proposals in Pu ceramics, and development of possible Russian ceramic proposals or collaborations.

  2. Intralaboratory comparison experiments for plutonium determination in working reference material K4Pu (SO4)4: coulometry and biamperometry

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    Accurate and precise determination of Pu in reactor fuel materials is essential for the characterization of the fuel as well as for fissile material accounting. Electroanalytical methods like Coulometry, Potentiometry , and Biamperometry based on the redox reactions are widely employed for determination of Pu at milligram levels. Controlled potential coulometry is a well established routinely employed technique for precise and accurate determination of plutonium. A biamperometric method based on the Pu(VI)-Pu(IV) redox couple has been in routine use for Pu determination in a variety of nuclear fuel materials in our laboratory for past 25 years. In order to validate the status of the methodologies employed for Pu determination an intralaboratory comparison experiments involving Pu determination in working reference material K4Pu(SO4)4 was conducted. Results of these studies are presented in this paper

  3. Distribution of Np and Pu in Swedish lichen samples (Cladonia stellaris) contaminated by atmospheric fallout

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    Lindahl, Patric E-mail: patric.lindahl@radfys.lu.se; Roos, Per; Eriksson, Mats; Holm, Elis

    2004-07-01

    The activity concentrations of {sup 237}Np and the two Pu isotopes, {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu, were determined in lichen samples (Cladonia stellaris) contaminated by fallout from atmospheric nuclear test explosions and the Chernobyl accident. The samples were collected at 18 locations in Sweden, from north to south, between 1986 and 1988 and analysed with high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) and alpha spectrometry. Data on the activity ratios {sup 238}Pu/{sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 134}Cs/{sup 137}Cs measured previously were also included in this study for comparison. The {sup 237}Np activity concentration ranged from 0.08{+-}0.01 to 2.08{+-}0.17 mBq kg{sup -1}, depending on the location of the sampling site and time of collection. The {sup 239+240}Pu activity concentration ranged from 0.09{+-}0.01 to 4.09{+-}0.15 Bq kg{sup -1}, with the {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratio ranging between 0.16{+-}0.01 and 0.44{+-}0.03, the higher ratios indicating a combination of weapons test fallout and Chernobyl fallout. The {sup 237}Np/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratios ranged between 0.06{+-}0.01 and 0.42{+-}0.04, the lower ratios indicating combination of weapons test fallout and Chernobyl fallout. At a well-defined sampling site at Lake Rogen (62.32 deg. N, 12.38 deg. E), additional lichen samples were collected between 1987 and 1998 to study the distribution of Np and Pu in different layers. The concentrations of the two elements follow each other quite well in the profile.

  4. Nrf2 regulates PU.1 expression and activity in the alveolar macrophage.

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    Staitieh, Bashar S; Fan, Xian; Neveu, Wendy; Guidot, David M

    2015-05-15

    Alveolar macrophage (AM) immune function depends on the activation of the transcription factor PU.1 by granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor. We have determined that chronic alcohol ingestion dampens PU.1 signaling via an unknown zinc-dependent mechanism; specifically, although PU.1 is not known to be a zinc-dependent transcription factor, zinc treatment reversed alcohol-mediated dampening of PU.1 signaling. Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), a zinc-dependent basic leucine zipper protein essential for antioxidant defenses, is also impaired by chronic alcohol ingestion and enhanced by zinc treatment. We hypothesized that the response of PU.1 to zinc treatment may result from the action of Nrf2 on PU.1. We first performed Nrf2/PU.1 protein coimmunoprecipitation on a rat AM cell line (NR8383) and found no evidence of protein-protein interactions. We then found evidence of increased Nrf2 binding to the PU.1 promoter region by chromatin immunoprecipitation. We next activated Nrf2 using either sulforaphane or an overexpression vector and inhibited Nrf2 with silencing RNA to determine whether Nrf2 could actively regulate PU.1. Nrf2 activation increased protein expression of both factors as well as gene expression of their respective downstream effectors, NAD(P)H dehydrogenase[quinone] 1 (NQO1) and cluster of differentiation antigen-14 (CD14). In contrast, Nrf2 silencing decreased the expression of both proteins, as well as gene expression of their effectors. Activating and inhibiting Nrf2 in primary rat AMs resulted in similar effects. Taken together, these findings suggest that Nrf2 regulates the expression and activity of PU.1 and that antioxidant response and immune activation are coordinately regulated within the AM.

  5. Status of the PuMa-ECR (Pulsed Magnetic field)

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    Synchrotrons like the heavy ion synchrotron SIS at GSI need an efficient low duty cycle injector (typical 1 pulse/s and 200 μs pulse length). To improve the peak current, an ECR ion source has been designed using a pulsed magnetic field to force ion extraction. We replaced the hexapole of a 10 GHz MINIMAFIOS ECR ion source by a vacuum chamber containing a watercooled bilayered solenoid coil and a decapole permanent magnetic structure. A pulse line feeds the solenoid with a 250 μs pulse which increases the magnetic field in the minimum B region by 0.3 Tesla. This process opens the magnetic bottle along the beam axis resulting in an extracted ion pulse. First tests of the PuMa-ECR configuration in cw and pulsed operation are presented and analysed. (orig.)

  6. Reassessing the melting temperature of PuO2

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    Franck De Bruycker

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The melting behavior is a fundamental property of a material, closely related to its structure and thermodynamic stability, and has therefore been a crucial subject of research for ages. The melting point is also an important engineering parameter, as it defines the operational limits of a material in its application environment. This point becomes critical in nuclear engineering where the thermo-mechanical stability of a nuclear fuel element is a key factor determining fuel performance and safety. However, experimental difficulties stemming from the extreme temperatures, complex pressure-temperature-composition relations, and the high radioactivity make the study of melting of refractory actinide compounds particularly challenging. As a consequence, experimental data are rare and subject to large uncertainties, and more reliable experimental techniques are badly needed. A novel experimental approach is presented here, yielding new data and allowing a re-assessment of the PuO2 melting behaviour.

  7. DOE Plutonium Disposition Study: Pu consumption in ALWRs

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) has contracted with Asea Brown Boveri-Combustion Engineering (ABB-CE) to provide information on the capability of ABB-CE's System 80 + Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) to transform, through reactor burnup, 100 metric tonnes (MT) of weapons grade plutonium (Pu) into a form which is not readily useable in weapons. This information is being developed as part of DOE's Plutonium Disposition Study, initiated by DOE in response to Congressional action. This document, Volume 1, presents a technical description of the various elements of the System 80 + Standard Plant Design upon which the Plutonium Disposition Study was based. The System 80 + Standard Design is fully developed and directly suited to meeting the mission objectives for plutonium disposal. The bass U02 plant design is discussed here

  8. The AS-76 interlaboratory experiment on the alpha spectrometric determinaion of Pu-238. Part 3: Preparation and characterization of samples

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    Four plutonium samples containing 0.2, 0.8, 1.6 and 0.9 atom % of 238Pu have been prepared for the Interlaboratory Experiment AS-76. Of these three were input solutions from a reprocessing plant. The fourth sample was from a plutonium product solution. These samples have been characterized by two alpha spectrometry laboratories and two mass spectrometry laboratories to certify the ratio of alpha activities 238Pu/(239Pu + 240Pu) and the isotopic composition, respectively

  9. Characterization of U/Pu particles originating from the nuclear weapons accidents at Palomares, Spain, 1966 and Thule, Greenland, 1968

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    Lind, O. C.; Salbu, B.; Janssens, K.; Proost, K.; Garcia-Leon, M.; R. Garcia-Tenorio

    2007-01-01

    Following the USAF B-52 bomber accidents at Palomares, Spain in 1966 and at Thule, Greenland in 1968, radioactive particles containing uranium (U) and plutonium (Pu) were dispersed into the environment. To improve long-term environmental impact assessments for the contaminated ecosystems, particles from the two sites have been isolated and characterized with respect to properties influencing particle weathering rates. Low (239)Pu/(235)U (0.62-0.78) and (240)Pu/(239)Pu (0.055-0.061) atom ratio...

  10. Consistent Data Assimilation of Isotopes: 242Pu and 105Pd

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    G. Palmiotti; H. Hiruta; M. Salvatores

    2012-09-01

    In this annual report we illustrate the methodology of the consistent data assimilation that allows to use the information coming from integral experiments for improving the basic nuclear parameters used in cross section evaluation. A series of integral experiments are analyzed using the EMPIRE evaluated files for 242Pu and 105Pd. In particular irradiation experiments (PROFIL-1 and -2, TRAPU-1, -2 and -3) provide information about capture cross sections, and a critical configuration, COSMO, where fission spectral indexes were measured, provides information about fission cross section. The observed discrepancies between calculated and experimental results are used in conjunction with the computed sensitivity coefficients and covariance matrix for nuclear parameters in a consistent data assimilation. The results obtained by the consistent data assimilation indicate that not so large modifications on some key identified nuclear parameters allow to obtain reasonable C/E. However, for some parameters such variations are outside the range of 1 s of their initial standard deviation. This can indicate a possible conflict between differential measurements (used to calculate the initial standard deviations) and the integral measurements used in the statistical data adjustment. Moreover, an inconsistency between the C/E of two sets of irradiation experiments (PROFIL and TRAPU) is observed for 242Pu. This is the end of this project funded by the Nuclear Physics Program of the DOE Office of Science. We can indicate that a proof of principle has been demonstrated for a few isotopes for this innovative methodology. However, we are still far from having explored all the possibilities and made this methodology to be considered proved and robust. In particular many issues are worth further investigation: • Non-linear effects • Flexibility of nuclear parameters in describing cross sections • Multi-isotope consistent assimilation • Consistency between differential and integral

  11. Helium release from 238PuO2 fuel particles

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    El-Genk, Mohamed S.; Tournier, Jean-Michel

    2000-01-01

    Coated plutonia fuel particles have recently been proposed for potential use in future space exploration missions that employ radioisotope power systems and/or radioisotope heater units (RHUs). The design of this fuel form calls for full retention of the helium generated by the natural radioactive decay of 238Pu, with the aid of a strong zirconium carbide coating. This paper reviews the potential release mechanisms of helium in small-grain (7-40 μm) plutonia pellets currently being used in the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules and RHUs, during both steady-state and transient heating conditions. The applicability of these mechanisms to large-grain and polycrystalline 238PuO2 fuel kernels is examined and estimates of helium release during a re-entry heating pulse up to 1723 K are presented. These estimates are based on the reported data for fission gas release from granular and monocrystal UO2 fuel particles irradiated at isothermal conditions up to 6.4 at.% burnup and 2030 K. It is concluded that the helium release fraction from large-grain (>=300 μm) plutonia fuel kernels heated up to 1723 K could be less than 7%, compared to ~80% from small-grain (7-40 μm) fuel. The helium release fraction from polycrystalline plutonia kernels fabricated using Sol-Gel techniques could be even lower. Sol-Gel fabrication processes are favored over powder metallurgy, because of their high precision and excellent reproducibility and the absence of a radioactive dust waste stream, significantly reducing the fabrication and post-fabrication clean-up costs. .

  12. Research of water-base nano-PU paint for heat insulation

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    Jwo, Ching-Song; Jeng, Lung-Yue; Cheng, Ho; Chen, Sih-Li

    2008-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to research and produce water-base nano-PU paint with energy conservation, environmental consciousness and high efficiency of heat insulation, which can be enhance the traditional PU paint for performance improvement of heat insulation and range of application. In this study, research will be held on the two-stage synthesis method. The SiO2 nanoparticles are added into the water-base PU paint to improve the properties of traditional PU paint. Next, the fundamental properties of this paint, including water resistance, weather rsistance, weak acid solvent resistance, and heat insulation rate, will be measured and analyzed, and the performance of heat insulation will be evaluated in order to confirm the performance and practicability of the heat insulation of water-base nano-PU paint in this study. The experimental results show that for the SiO2/W-PU composite nanopaint prepared by two-stage synthesis method, the dispersion of SiO2 powder in the water-base PU (W-PU) paint is even. For the SiO2/W-PU nanocomposite paint prepared by adding SiO2 powder at 8% wt. to the marketed water-base PU, the water absorption of its experimental sample is enhanced by around 10.1 times, whereas its weak acid dissolve erosion rate is increased by 3.3 times. However, the average heat insulation rate in the thermal properties is also increased, increasing around 24.22% for the W-PU paint without SiO2 powder. Through the multilayered coating construction, the water-base nano-PU paint added with SiO2 powder can be used on any facility of heat insulation, including vehicle, safety helmet, umbrella, drapes, and outer wall of building. The newly developed water-base nano-PU paint with high thermal resistance is especially suitable for application to the shell coating of air conditioner and cooling tower,. Due to the better thermal resistance of this nanopaint, the problems of poor heat transfer and temperature rise of cooling water caused by direct sunlight can be

  13. Study of phase equilibria in function of temperature in UO2-PuO2-Pu2O3 system for nuclear ceramics with high plutonium contents

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    In the UO2-PuO2-Pu2O3 section, a monophasic (U1-y,Puy)O2-x domain is stable for y≤0,20 at 25 C and up to solid-liquid equilibrium. At higher Pu content, phase equilibria are more unclear with a phase separation process. The main objective of this work consisted in upgrading the representation of this system for 0,15≤y≤0,65 and 25≤T(C)≤1500. At 25 C, a miscibility gap composed by two different (U1-y,Puy)O2-x phases has been observed for y≤0,45, with one very closed to stoichiometric state (Oxygen/Metal=2) and one other very reduced. For the first time, a triphasic domain has been characterized at higher Pu contents, with two (U1-y,Puy)O2-x phases near y=0,45 and one (U1-y,Puy)2O3 phase with a low U content inside. Concerning the study in function of temperature, we have demonstrated that phase separation temperature increase when Pu content grows. Several representations have been established. At 200 C, the representation is closed to that at 25 C. At 400 C, the phase separation have been specified at a lower Pu content than that of literature: y=0,35. At 600 C, our results have clarified the section, until then very unclear, with a phase separation appearing at y=0,60.The microstructural analysis has clearly demonstrated the significant impact of the phase separation on the material. Indeed many cracks have been observed in our samples, and quantity of these defects increases when Pu content grows. (author)

  14. Influence of initial lung deposit on absorption parameters of Pu and am: application to (U, Pu)O2 powder after inhalation in the baboon

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    Full text of publication follows: In cases of contamination by inhalation, risk assessment would be performed taking into account recommendations of the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP) Human Respiratory Tract Model (H.R.T.M.) described in Publication 66 (ICRP 66, 1994). The use of absorption parameter values specific to each component is recommended when available for dose calculation in order to provide a more realistic assessment of risk. The solubility of Pu and Am deposited in the respiratory tract after inhalation is a relevant parameter that can aid the identification of target organs. The aim of this study is to show the influence of the initial lung deposit (I.L.D.) on absorption parameters after inhalation of Mixed oxides (Mox) powder (7.14 % Pu w/w) in baboons. Daily urinary excretion of Pu/Am was measured for 3 months which allowed the estimation of the removal of the soluble fraction from lungs to blood and in particular a proportion of absorption parameters. Urinary excretion on 3 -month period were represented by biphasic curves which were directly reliable to physicochemical properties of compounds. Males baboon were exposed to I.L.D.: 40 to 860 kBq. Results obtained show that urinary excretions progress in the reverse order of I.L.D. Moreover, significant differences in the behaviour of Pu and Am were also observed in the target organs (liver and skeleton) and especially Am was more soluble than Pu for the compound studied. So, hypothesis of a more important dissolution of Am compare to Pu combines to a special affinity of Am for target organs seem to be involve. This result was very important in case of dismantling operation mainly in the usury of fuel since 241 Am is a filiation product of 241 Pu. In conclusion, this work contributes to support the usefulness of experimental data in radioprotection to estimate level of radiological exposition of worker. (authors)

  15. Contribution to the study of U-Ti and U-Pu-Ti carbides; Contribution a l'etude des carbures U-C-Ti et (U, Pu) - C-Ti

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    Milet, C.A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    After having discussed the reasons to use (U,Pu) carbides as fast reactor fuel, we examine the influence of the addition of titanium to these carbides. A preliminary study has been done on the system of U-C-Ti and some properties have been measured such as: density, thermal expansion, electrical resistivity, atmospheric corrosion and compatibility with stainless steel. The systems U-Pu-C-Ti (Pu/U + Pu equal to 15 per cent) and U-C-Ti have been found to be very similar. There exists a two phases region (U,Pu)C + TiC, an eutectic between (U,Pu)C and TiC for approximately 15 at %. The solubilities of U + Pu in TiC and of Ti in (U,Pu)C is less than 1 % at. The addition of titanium does not markedly change thermal expansion coefficients of (U,Pu)C. However the resistance to atmospheric corrosion and compatibility with stainless steel is improved. Thermal conductivity, calculated from electrical resistivity, has increased. On the other side, the density of fissile material is lowered. The combination of (U,Pu)C + TiC seems to be the most promising alloy for application as nuclear fuel. (author) [French] Apres avoir rappele les problemes poses par un combustible pour les reacteurs a neutrons rapides et l'interet des carbures U-Pu-C comme combustible, on examine l'influence de l'addition de titane dans ces carbures. Une etude preliminaire sur le systeme U-C-Ti a ete effectuee et quelques proprietes sont indiquees: densite, coefficients de dilatation, resistivite electrique, tenue a la corrosion atmospherique, compatibilite avec l'acier inoxydable. Le systeme U-Pu-C-Ti (Pu/U + Pu egal a 15 pour cent) presente de grandes analogies avec le systeme U-C-Ti. Il existe un domaine biphase (U,Pu)C + TiC, un eutectique entre (U,Pu)C et TiC pour environ 15 at % Ti; les solubilites de U + Pu clans TiC et de Ti dans (U,Pu)C sont inferieures a 1 at %. Par rapport a la phase (U,Pu)C, l'addition de titane est sans effets importants sur les coefficients de

  16. Influence of self-irradiation damages on the superconducting behaviour of Pu-based compounds

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    Jutier, Frederic [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany)]. E-mail: frederic.jutier@itu.fzk.de; Griveau, Jean-Christophe [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany); Colineau, Eric [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany); Rebizant, Jean [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany); Boulet, Pascal [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany); Wastin, Franck [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karlsruhe 76125 (Germany); Simoni, Eric [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Orsay cedex 91406 (France)

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    Ageing effects on the critical parameters (T{sub c}, H{sub c2}) of the superconductors PuCoGa{sub 5} and PuRhGa{sub 5} are presented. A linear diminution of the critical temperature versus sample ageing is observed. The diminution rate of T{sub c} is larger for PuRhGa{sub 5} ({delta}T{sub c}/{delta}{approx}-0.39K/month) than for PuCoGa{sub 5} ({delta}T{sub c}/{delta}t{approx}-0.24K/month). The damages created by self-irradiation (from {sup 239}Pu decay) also act as pinning centres, enhancing H{sub c2}(0) with ageing. After 532 days, the PuCoGa{sub 5} sample shows an increase of its H{sub c2}(0) up to1350kOe, whereas in the case of PuRhGa{sub 5}, the damages produced after only 323 days of ageing destroy the superconductivity. These results suggest that both compounds are surprisingly not equally sensitive to radiation damages.

  17. Biokinetics aand dosimetry of inhaled 238PuO2 in the beagle dog: An update

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    The temporal and spatial distributions of 238Pu have been measured during the course of a dose-response study of the biological effects of inhaled 238PuO2 in Beagle dogs. These measurements were done on the dose-response study animals, as well as a separate group of dogs exposed to similar aerosols and killed serially out to 4 y after exposure. The data from this latter group provided the basis for the development of a biokinetic/dosimetric model for 238PuO2 in dogs. Since the publication of this model, several important findings have been made that affected the dosimetric evaluations. The first involved the discovery of significant quantities of natural uranium (U) in the feces samples. The U was measured with the plutonium (Pu), which inflated the values for purported Pu in feces. The second finding involved the addition of Pu biokinetics data from the dose-response dogs, which increased the period of observation from 4 y to 15 y; these later data were not consistent with the earlier model predictions. The purpose of this investigation was (1) to remove the analytical bias in the 238Pu radiochemical data due to the U and (2) to modify the original model of Mewhinney and Diel, taking into account all data from both studies

  18. Modeling of Pu(IV) extraction and HNO3 speciation in nuclear fuel reprocessing

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    The PUREX process is a solvent extraction method dedicated to the reprocessing of irradiated nuclear fuel in order to recover pure uranium and plutonium from aqueous solutions of concentrated nitric acid. The tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP) is used as the extractant in the organic phase. The aim of this thesis work was to improve the modeling of liquid-liquid extraction media in nuclear fuel reprocessing. First, Raman and 14N NMR measurements, coupled with theoretical calculations based on simple solutions theory and BIMSA modeling, were performed in order to get a better understanding of nitric acid dissociation in binary and ternary solutions. Then, Pu(IV) speciation in TBP after extraction from low nitric acid concentrations was investigated by EXAFS and vis-NIR spectroscopies. We were able to show evidence of the extraction of Pu(IV) hydrolyzed species into the organic phase. A new structural study was conducted on An(VI)/TBP and An(IV)/TBP complexes by coupling EXAFS measurements with DFT calculations. Finally, extraction isotherms modeling was performed on the Pu(IV)/HNO3/H2O/TBP 30%/dodecane system (with Pu at tracer scale) by taking into account deviation from ideal behaviour in both organic and aqueous phases. The best modeling was obtained when considering three plutonium (IV) complexes in the organic phase: Pu(OH)2(NO3)2(TBP)2, Pu(NO3)4(TBP)2 and Pu(NO3)4(TBP)3. (author)

  19. Langerhans cells are generated by two distinct PU.1-dependent transcriptional networks.

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    Chopin, Michaël; Seillet, Cyril; Chevrier, Stéphane; Wu, Li; Wang, Hongsheng; Morse, Herbert C; Belz, Gabrielle T; Nutt, Stephen L

    2013-12-16

    Langerhans cells (LCs) are the unique dendritic cells found in the epidermis. While a great deal of attention has focused on defining the developmental origins of LCs, reports addressing the transcriptional network ruling their differentiation remain sparse. We addressed the function of a group of key DC transcription factors-PU.1, ID2, IRF4, and IRF8-in the establishment of the LC network. We show that although steady-state LC homeostasis depends on PU.1 and ID2, the latter is dispensable for bone marrow-derived LCs. PU.1 controls LC differentiation by regulating the expression of the critical TGF-β responsive transcription factor RUNX3. PU.1 directly binds to the Runx3 regulatory elements in a TGF-β-dependent manner, whereas ectopic expression of RUNX3 rescued LC differentiation in the absence of PU.1 and promoted LC differentiation from PU.1-sufficient progenitors. These findings highlight the dual molecular network underlying LC differentiation, and show the central role of PU.1 in these processes.

  20. Concentrations of sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am in drinking water and organic fertilizer

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    As part of an investigation of the chemistry and aquatic distribution of fallout-derived sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am in the aquatic environment a study has been made of the concentration of these nuclides in the drinking water and organic fertilizer, distributed to the populace of the Chicago area. The results clearly indicate that the concentration of sup(239,240)Pu is always lower in the water which has been treated at the Chicago Central Water Filtration Plant than in the raw water before treatment. Raw water levels are consistent with normal levels of sup(239,240)PU found in Lake Michigan waters which are approx 6 orders of magnitude below the maximum permissible concentration standard for drinking water. An additional possible source of sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am to humans can be through the distribution of the organic fertilizer, 'Nu Earth', by the Metropolitan Sanitary District, free of charge, for the use in home gardens. 'Nu Earth' consists primarily of sediment from an Imhoff Process which has been air-dried and aged in large, open-air piles. Samples of this organic fertilizer were analysed for sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am. The results indicate that there is little evidence to indicate that sup(239,240)Pu in drinking water or sup(239,240)Pu and 241Am from organic sludge will be health hazards in the Chicago area under current conditions. (U.K.)

  1. Modeling of constituent redistribution and fission product migration in fast reactor U-Pu-Zr fuel

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    Radial constituent redistribution in a fast reactor U-Pu-Zr fuel is an important phenomenon that occurs because the fuel alloy has thermal gradients and poly-phase fields at the typical operation temperature. In a typical temperature range (500-700degC), Zr moves from the mid-radius region to the fuel center region and the fuel surface region. Because of this phenomenon, the homogeneous fuel at beginning of life turns into locally heterogeneous fuel. Most of the thermophysical properties change locally, as does fuel performance. Fuel constituent redistribution of U-Pu-Zr is modeled by treating Pu as sessile element and therefore by assuming a pseudo-binary system. Fission product lanthanides (LA) migrate to the fuel surface. LA migration appears to be due both to direct vapor transport and diffusion through the fuel matrix. Large pores at the low Zr zone and fuel periphery may support for LA precipitates. LA diffusion through Pu also contributes to observed LA migration. Because Pu is relatively sessile, however, LA migration by diffusion through the fuel matrix is relatively small. Upon migration to the fuel surface, LA and Pu react with Fe-base alloy cladding such as HT9 and D9 whereas U and Zr do not. The LA and Pu reaction with cladding is via interdiffusion. (author)

  2. Nuclear safe Pu - ceramics defects and behavior during self-irradiation

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    Timofeeva, L.F.; Filin, V.M.; Shishkov, N.V.; Bulkin, V.I.; Zhmak, V.A.; Krivova, V.I.; Semova, E.A. [FGUP VNIINM, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2002-11-01

    Methods of X-ray diffraction analysis and positron spectroscopy are used to study initial stages of self-irradiation of nuclear safe homogeneous and heterogeneous type ceramics (Hf, Pu) and (Hf, Pu, Y). Different character of the change in FCC lattice parameter of binary (Hf{sup +4}, Pu{sup +4}) and ternary (Hf{sup +4}, Pu{sup +4}, Y{sup +3}) oxide solid solutions during storage is shown. Three micro-defect types are detected with the method of positron lifetime. The effective positron lifetime (T{sub f}) individual for each sample depends on displacement dose (dpa during storage): it is increases {approx}1.5 times faster in PuO{sub 2} than in (Hf, Pu) and (Hf, Pu, Y) ceramics. Another positron annihilation spectrum characteristic, i.e. spectrum half-width at half maximum, T{sub 1/2}, depends on the displacement dose and is changes in different manner for different types ceramics. (author)

  3. Bilateral MOX projects for W-grade Pu disposition: Safety implications

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    Beginning from 1992 a number of studies were performed in Russia in the field of peaceful utilization of the excess Weapon-derived Plutonium (W-Pu). Very important results were obtained from Russian-German, Russian-French, Russian-Canadian Feasibility Studies and from the US-Russian Projects. These Studies have demonstrated technical feasibility of W-Pu conversion into MOX-fuel and its utilization in certain power reactors. Technical feasibility implies safety assurance for all stages of W-Pu management. All safety-related aspects (e.g. reactor safety, nuclear criticality, fire and explosion safety, protective barriers reliability, etc.) have to be taken into account for implementation of W-Pu utilization through MOX-route. Safety has to be guarantied for such W-Pu-related activities as: Plutonium interim storage; Plutonium conversion from metal to oxide; MOX fuel fabrication and transportation; MOX irradiation in power reactor; MOX spent fuel management; Pu-bearing waste minimization and waste management; Radiological protection of the personnel and environment. Paper addresses to safety-related issues of W-Pu conversion into oxide form and MOX- fuel fabrication. Some results of Russian-German and Russian-French (AIDA-MOX 1) Studies are discussed. (author)

  4. The interception and retention of 238Pu deposition by orange trees.

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    Pinder, J E; Adriano, D C; Ciravolo, T G; Doswell, A C; Yehling, D M

    1987-06-01

    Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) transform the heat produced during the alpha decay of 238Pu into electrical energy for use by deep-space probes, such as the Voyager spacecraft, which have returned images and other data from Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Future missions involving RTGs may be launched aboard the space shuttle, and there is a remote possibility that an explosion of liquid-hydrogen and liquid-oxygen fuel could rupture the RTGs and disperse 238Pu into the atmosphere over central Florida. Research was performed to determine the potential transport to man of atmospherically dispersed Pu via contaminated orange fruits. The results indicate that the major contamination of oranges would result from the interception and retention of 238Pu deposition by fruits. The resulting surface contamination could enter human food chains through transfer to internal tissues during peeling or in the reconstituted juices and flavorings made from orange skins. The interception of 238Pu deposition by fruits is especially important because the results indicate no measurable loss of Pu from fruit surfaces through time or with washing. Approximately 1% of the 238Pu deposited onto an orange grove would be harvested in the year following deposition.

  5. Minimal PU.1 reduction induces a preleukemic state and promotes development of acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Will, Britta; Vogler, Thomas O; Narayanagari, Swathi; Bartholdy, Boris; Todorova, Tihomira I; da Silva Ferreira, Mariana; Chen, Jiahao; Yu, Yiting; Mayer, Jillian; Barreyro, Laura; Carvajal, Luis; Neriah, Daniela Ben; Roth, Michael; van Oers, Johanna; Schaetzlein, Sonja; McMahon, Christine; Edelmann, Winfried; Verma, Amit; Steidl, Ulrich

    2015-10-01

    Modest transcriptional changes caused by genetic or epigenetic mechanisms are frequent in human cancer. Although loss or near-complete loss of the hematopoietic transcription factor PU.1 induces acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in mice, a similar degree of PU.1 impairment is exceedingly rare in human AML; yet, moderate PU.1 inhibition is common in AML patients. We assessed functional consequences of modest reductions in PU.1 expression on leukemia development in mice harboring DNA lesions resembling those acquired during human stem cell aging. Heterozygous deletion of an enhancer of PU.1, which resulted in a 35% reduction of PU.1 expression, was sufficient to induce myeloid-biased preleukemic stem cells and their subsequent transformation to AML in a DNA mismatch repair-deficient background. AML progression was mediated by inhibition of expression of a PU.1-cooperating transcription factor, Irf8. Notably, we found marked molecular similarities between the disease in these mice and human myelodysplastic syndrome and AML. This study demonstrates that minimal reduction of a key lineage-specific transcription factor, which commonly occurs in human disease, is sufficient to initiate cancer development, and it provides mechanistic insight into the formation and progression of preleukemic stem cells in AML.

  6. Melting behavior of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 mixed oxides

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    Ghosh, P. S.; Kuganathan, N.; Galvin, C. O. T.; Arya, A.; Dey, G. K.; Dutta, B. K.; Grimes, R. W.

    2016-10-01

    The melting behaviors of pure ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 as well as (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 mixed oxides (MOX) have been studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The MD calculated melting temperatures (MT) of ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 using two-phase simulations, lie between 3650-3675 K, 3050-3075 K and 2800-2825 K, respectively, which match well with experiments. Variation of enthalpy increments and density with temperature, for solid and liquid phases of ThO2, PuO2 as well as the ThO2 rich part of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 MOX are also reported. The MD calculated MT of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 MOX show good agreement with the ideal solidus line in the high thoria section of the phase diagram, and evidence for a minima is identified around 5 atom% of ThO2 in the phase diagram of (Th,Pu)O2 MOX.

  7. Change Spectroscopic, thermal and mechanical studies of PU/PVC blends

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    Hezma, A. M.; Elashmawi, I. S.; Rajeh, A.; Kamal, Mustafa

    2016-08-01

    Blends of polyurethane (PU) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with different concentrations were prepared by casting method. The effects of PU on PVC blends was examined by Fourier transform-infrared (FTIR), Ultra-violet visible studies (UV/VIS.), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and mechanical properties (stress-strain curve). The interaction between PU and PVC was examined by FT-IR through the absorbance of the N-H groups and was correlated to mechanical/thermal properties. Ultra-violet visible said that optical energy gap decrease with increasing concentration of PU. Differential scanning calorimetry results was observed a single glass transition temperature (Tg) for blends this confirming existence miscibility within the blends. The causes for best thermal stability of some blends may be described by measurements of interactions between C=O groups of PU and the α-hydrogen of PVC or a dipole-dipole -C=O..Cl-C- interactions. Significant alterations in FTIR, X-ray and DSC examination shows an interactions between blends had good miscibility. X-ray shows some alterations in the intensity with additional PU. PU change the mechanical behavior of PVC through of the blends. When polyurethane content increase causes polyvinyl chloride tensile strength decreases and elongation at break increase.

  8. Application of a canine {sup 238}Pu dosimetry model to human bioassay data

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    Hickman, A.W. Jr. [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States)

    1991-08-01

    Associated with the use of 2{sup 238}Pu in thermoelectric power sources for space probes and power supplies for cardiac devices is the potential for human exposure to {sup 238}Pu, primarily by inhalation. In the event of human internal exposure, a means is needed for assessing the level of intake and calculating radiation doses. Several bioassay/dosimetry models have been developed for {sup 239}Pu. However, results from studies with laboratory animals have indicated that the biokinetics, and therefore the descriptive models, of {sup 238}Pu are significantly different from those for {sup 239}Pu. A canine model accounting for these differences has been applied in this work to urinary excretion data from seven humans occupationally exposed to low levels of an insoluble {sup 238}Pu compound. The modified model provides a good description of the urinary excretion kinetics observed in the exposed humans. The modified model was also used to provide estimates of the initial intakes of {sup 238}Pu for the seven individuals; these estimates ranged from 4.5 nCi (170 Bq) to 87 nCi (3200 Bq). Autopsy data on the amount and distribution of {sup 238}Pu retained in the organs may be used in the future to validate or refute both these estimates and the assumptions used to formulate the human model. Modification of the human model to simulate an injection exposure to {sup 239}Pu gave patterns of retention in the organs and urinary excretion comparable to those seen previously in humans; further modification of the model using fecal data (unavailable for the subjects of this study) is indicated.

  9. Plants as bio-monitors for Cs-137, Pu-238, Pu-239,240 and K-40 at the Savannah River Site.

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    Caldwell, Eric Frank; Duff, Martine C; Ferguson, Caitlin E; Coughlin, Daniel P

    2011-05-01

    The Savannah River Site was constructed in South Carolina to produce plutonium (Pu) in the 1950s. Discharges associated with these now-ceased operations have contaminated large areas within the site, particularly streams associated with reactor cooling basins. Evaluating the exposure risk of contamination to an ecosystem requires methodologies that can assess the bioavailability of contaminants. Plants, as primary producers, represent an important mode of transfer of contaminants from soils and sediments into the food chain. The objective of this study was to identify local area plants for their ability to act as bio-monitors of radionuclides. The concentrations of cesium-137 ((137)Cs), potassium-40 ((40)K), (238)Pu and (239,240)Pu in plants and their associated soils were determined using γ and α spectrometry. The ratio of contamination concentration found in the plant relative to the soil was calculated to assess a concentration ratio (CR). The highest CR for (137)Cs was found in Pinus palustris needles (CR of 2.18). The correlation of soil and plant (137)Cs concentration was strong (0.76) and the R(2) (0.58) from the regression was significant (p = 0.006). This suggests the ability to predict the degree of (137)Cs contamination of a soil through analysis of the pine needles. The (238)Pu and (239,240)Pu concentrations were most elevated within the plant roots. Extremely high CR values were found in Sparganium americanum (bur-reed) roots with a value of 5.86 for (238)Pu and 5.66 for (239,240)Pu. The concentration of (40)K was measured as a known congener of (137)C. Comparing (40)K and (137)C concentrations in each plant revealed an inverse relationship for these radioisotopes. Correlating (40)K and (137)Cs was most effective in identifying plants that have a high affinity for (137)Cs uptake. The P. palustris and S. americanum proved to be particularly strong accumulators of all K congeners from the soil. Some species that were measured, warrant further

  10. Monte Carlo analysis of Pu-H2O and UO2-PuO2-H2O critical assemblies with ENDF/B-IV data

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    A set of critical experiments, comprising thirteen homogeneous Pu-H2O assemblies and twelve UO2-PuO2 lattices, was analyzed with ENDF/B-IV data and the RCPO1 Monte Carlo program, which modeled the experiments explicitly. Some major data sensitivities were also evaluated. For the Pu-H2O assemblies, calculated K/sub eff/ averaged 1.011. The large (2.7%) scatter of K/sub eff/ values for these assemblies was attributed mostly to uncertainties in physical specifications since no clear trends of K/sub eff/ were evident and data sensitivities were insignificant. The UO2-PuO2 lattices showed just one trend of K/sub eff/, which indicated an overprediction of U238 capture consistent with that observed for uranium-H2O experiments. There was however a approx. 1% discrepancy in calculated K/sub eff/ between the two sets of UO2-PuO2 lattices studied

  11. Systematic Investigation of the Superconducting Behavior in Aged PuCoGa5

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    In this work, we have undertaken to follow the evolution of the PuCoGa5 superconducting behavior as a function of the damages created by self-radiation effects induced from the Pu-decay. It is shown that the critical temperature is particularly sensitive with ageing. Ageing effects on fundamental parameters such as the lattice parameters of the PuCoGa5 and the electrical resistivity provide some new hints of the unconventional character of the superconductivity in this class of materials. (authors)

  12. Deposition of air-borne 238Pu near a chemical separation facility

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    Three methods were compared to measure deposition of 238Pu released from a chemical separation facility at the Savannah River Plant, Aiken, SC. The following methods were used: adhesive paper; a collector of rain and dryfall; and soil samples. Excellent agreement among the three methods was found. The measured deposition for the particular source term and meteorological conditions at the Savannah River Plant is described by y proportional to x/sup -1.36/ where y is the pCi of 238Pu deposited per square meter per mC: 238Pu released, and x is distance in meters from the source

  13. PU.1 Suppresses Th2 Cytokine Expression via Silencing of GATA3 Transcription in Dendritic Cells.

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    Yashiro, Takuya; Kubo, Masato; Ogawa, Hideoki; Okumura, Ko; Nishiyama, Chiharu

    2015-01-01

    The transcription factor PU.1 is predominantly expressed in dendritic cells (DCs) and is essential for DC differentiation. Although there are several reports that PU.1 positively regulates the expression of DC-specific genes, whether PU.1 also has a suppressive effect on DCs is largely unknown. Here we demonstrate that PU.1 suppresses the expression of Th2 cytokines including IL-13 and IL-5 in bone marrow-derived DCs (BMDCs), through repression of the expression of GATA3, which is a master regulator of Th2 differentiations. When PU.1 siRNA was introduced into BMDCs, LPS-induced expression of IL-13 and IL-5 was increased along with upregulation of the constitutive expression of GATA2 and GATA3. The additional introduction of GATA3 siRNA but not of GATA2 siRNA abrogated PU.1 siRNA-mediated upregulation of IL-13 and IL-5. A chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed that PU.1 bound to Gata3 proximal promoter region, which is more dominant than the distal promoter in driving GATA3 transcription in DCs. The degree of histone acetylation at the Gata3 promoter was decreased in PU.1 siRNA-introduced DCs, suggesting the involvement of PU.1 in chromatin modification of the Gata3 promoter. Treatment with a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, trichostatin A, increased the degree of histone H3 acetylation at the Gata3 promoter and induced the subsequent expression of GATA3. Experiments using HDAC inhibitors and siRNAs showed that HDAC3 suppressed GATA3 expression. The recruitment of HDAC3 to the Gata3 promoter was decreased by PU.1 knockdown. LPS-induced IL-13 expression was dramatically reduced in BMDCs generated from mice lacking the conserved GATA3 response element, termed CGRE, which is an essential site for the binding of GATA3 on the Il-13 promoter. The degree of H3K4me3 at CGRE was significantly increased in PU.1 siRNA-transfected stimulated DCs. Our results indicate that PU.1 plays pivotal roles in DC development and function, serving not only as a transcriptional

  14. I-Pu-Xe dating and the relative ages of the earth and moon

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    Swindle, T. D.; Caffee, M. W.; Hohenberg, C. M.; Taylor, S. R.

    1986-01-01

    The ages of the earth and moon as determined by various chronometric systems are discussed with primary emphasis placed on the development of an I-Pu-Xe chronometer. Data on excess fission xenon are reviewed with attention given to the strengths and weaknesses of the assumptions required for lunar I-Pu-Xe chronometry. Using I-Pu-Xe dating, it is estimated that the retention of excess fission xenon in lunar samples began no more than 63 + or - 42 m.y. after the time of primitive meteorite formation.

  15. PU.1 and C/EBPα/β convert fibroblasts into macrophage-like cells

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    Feng, Ru; Desbordes, Sabrina C.; Xie, Huafeng; Tillo, Ester Sanchez; Pixley, Fiona; Stanley, E. Richard; Graf, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Earlier work has shown that the transcription factor C/EBPα induced a transdifferentiation of committed lymphoid precursors into macrophages in a process requiring endogenous PU.1. Here we have examined the effects of PU.1 and C/EBPα on fibroblasts, a cell type distantly related to blood cells and akin to myoblasts, adipocytes, osteoblasts, and chondroblasts. The combination of the two factors, as well as PU.1 and C/EBPβ, induced the up-regulation of macrophage/hematopoietic cell surface mark...

  16. RAPID DETERMINATION OF 237 NP AND PU ISOTOPES IN WATER BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY AND ALPHA SPECTROMETRY

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    Maxwell, S.; Jones, V.; Culligan, B.; Nichols, S.; Noyes, G.

    2010-06-23

    A new method that allows rapid preconcentration and separation of plutonium and neptunium in water samples was developed for the measurement of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and alpha spectrometry; a hybrid approach. {sup 238}U can interfere with {sup 239}Pu measurement by ICP-MS as {sup 238}UH{sup +} mass overlap and {sup 237}Np via peak tailing. The method provide enhanced removal of uranium by separating Pu and Np initially on TEVA Resin, then moving Pu to DGA resin for additional removal of uranium. The decontamination factor for uranium from Pu is almost 100,000 and the decontamination factor for U from Np is greater than 10,000. This method uses stacked extraction chromatography cartridges and vacuum box technology to facilitate rapid separations. Preconcentration is performed using a streamlined calcium phosphate precipitation method. Purified solutions are split between ICP-MS and alpha spectrometry so that long and short-lived Pu isotopes can be measured successfully. The method allows for simultaneous extraction of 20 samples (including QC samples) in 4 to 6 hours, and can also be used for emergency response. {sup 239}Pu, {sup 242}Pu and {sup 237}Np were measured by ICP-MS, while {sup 236}Pu, {sup 238}Pu, and {sup 239}Pu were measured by alpha spectrometry.

  17. Regulation of early T-lineage gene expression and developmental progression by the progenitor cell transcription factor PU.1.

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    Champhekar, Ameya; Damle, Sagar S; Freedman, George; Carotta, Sebastian; Nutt, Stephen L; Rothenberg, Ellen V

    2015-04-15

    The ETS family transcription factor PU.1 is essential for the development of several blood lineages, including T cells, but its function in intrathymic T-cell precursors has been poorly defined. In the thymus, high PU.1 expression persists through multiple cell divisions in early stages but then falls sharply during T-cell lineage commitment. PU.1 silencing is critical for T-cell commitment, but it has remained unknown how PU.1 activities could contribute positively to T-cell development. Here we employed conditional knockout and modified antagonist PU.1 constructs to perturb PU.1 function stage-specifically in early T cells. We show that PU.1 is needed for full proliferation, restricting access to some non-T fates, and controlling the timing of T-cell developmental progression such that removal or antagonism of endogenous PU.1 allows precocious access to T-cell differentiation. Dominant-negative effects reveal that this repression by PU.1 is mediated indirectly. Genome-wide transcriptome analysis identifies novel targets of PU.1 positive and negative regulation affecting progenitor cell signaling and cell biology and indicating distinct regulatory effects on different subsets of progenitor cell transcription factors. Thus, in addition to supporting early T-cell proliferation, PU.1 regulates the timing of activation of the core T-lineage developmental program.

  18. ZPR-6 assembly 7 high {sup 240} PU core : a cylindrical assemby with mixed (PU, U)-oxide fuel and a central high {sup 240} PU zone.

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    Lell, R. M.; Schaefer, R. W.; McKnight, R. D.; Tsiboulia, A.; Rozhikhin, Y.; Nuclear Engineering Division; Inst. of Physics and Power Engineering

    2007-10-01

    Over a period of 30 years more than a hundred Zero Power Reactor (ZPR) critical assemblies were constructed at Argonne National Laboratory. The ZPR facilities, ZPR-3, ZPR-6, ZPR-9 and ZPPR, were all fast critical assembly facilities. The ZPR critical assemblies were constructed to support fast reactor development, but data from some of these assemblies are also well suited to form the basis for criticality safety benchmarks. Of the three classes of ZPR assemblies, engineering mockups, engineering benchmarks and physics benchmarks, the last group tends to be most useful for criticality safety. Because physics benchmarks were designed to test fast reactor physics data and methods, they were as simple as possible in geometry and composition. The principal fissile species was {sup 235}U or {sup 239}Pu. Fuel enrichments ranged from 9% to 95%. Often there were only one or two main core diluent materials, such as aluminum, graphite, iron, sodium or stainless steel. The cores were reflected (and insulated from room return effects) by one or two layers of materials such as depleted uranium, lead or stainless steel. Despite their more complex nature, a small number of assemblies from the other two classes would make useful criticality safety benchmarks because they have features related to criticality safety issues, such as reflection by soil-like material. The term 'benchmark' in a ZPR program connotes a particularly simple loading aimed at gaining basic reactor physics insight, as opposed to studying a reactor design. In fact, the ZPR-6/7 Benchmark Assembly (Reference 1) had a very simple core unit cell assembled from plates of depleted uranium, sodium, iron oxide, U3O8, and plutonium. The ZPR-6/7 core cell-average composition is typical of the interior region of liquid-metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs) of the era. It was one part of the Demonstration Reactor Benchmark Program,a which provided integral experiments characterizing the important features of

  19. Contribution to the study of the (U,Pu)C,N system; Contribution a l'etude du systeme (U,Pu)C,N

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    Lorenzelli, R. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    The reactions of UC, PuC, (U,Pu)C, UC{sub 2} and U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) with nitrogen at moderate temperatures (room temperature to 400 C) are described. The influence of the uptake of nitrogen by the powders necessary to sinter the carbides upon the nature of the final product has been investigated; it has been shown that the sintered carbides are hyper-stoichiometric. The reactions of carbon with UN, PuN and (U,Pu)N has also been studied. Under vacuum, carbon reacts on the nitrides at temperatures as low as 1100 C; nitrogen is replaced by carbon and the final product is a carbonitride. The reaction is: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. The reaction is limited and the carbonitrides have a fixed composition in presence of M{sub 2}C{sub 3} or MC{sub 2}; hence it is impossible to produce pure MC using the reaction. The ternary diagram U-C-N, Pu-C-N and (U,Pu)C-N have been drawn. They show clearly that it is possible to obtain single phase carbonitrides in a wide domain of compositions. (author) [French] On decrit les reactions avec l'azote de UC, PuC,(U,Pu)C,UC{sub 2} et U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}), par action directe de l'azote a temperature moderee (de l'ambiante a 450 C). On a etudie l'influence de la contamination par l'azote des poudres de carbures necessaires au frittage sur la nature des produits frittes; on a montre que les carbures frittes obtenus sont hyperstoechiometriques. On a etudie parallelement les reactions du carbone avec UN, PuN et (U,Pu)N. Sous vide le carbone reagit sur les nitrures des 1100 C: le carbone se substitue a l'azote; l'azote libere est elimine et le produit final est un carbonitrure. La reaction s'ecrit: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. La reaction est limitee et les carbonitrures obtenus ont une composition limite fixe en presence des carbures superieurs M{sub 2}C{sub 3} et MC{sub 2}; il est donc impossible d'obtenir MC pur par cette reaction. Les diagrammes

  20. Synthesis and structures of plutonyl nitrate complexes: is plutonium heptavalent in PuO3(NO3)2(-) ?

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    Maurice, Rémi; Renault, Eric; Gong, Yu; Rutkowski, Philip X; Gibson, John K

    2015-03-01

    Gas-phase plutonium nitrate anion complexes were produced by electrospray ionization (ESI) of a plutonium nitrate solution. The ESI mass spectrum included species with all four of the common oxidation states of plutonium: Pu(III), Pu(IV), Pu(V), and Pu(VI). Plutonium nitrate complexes were isolated in a quadrupole ion trap and subjected to collision-induced dissociation (CID). CID of complexes of the general formula PuOx(NO3)y(-) resulted in the elimination of NO2 to produce PuOx+1(NO3)y-1(-), which in most cases corresponds to an increase in the oxidation state of plutonium. Plutonyl species, Pu(V)O2(NO3)2(-) and Pu(VI)O2(NO3)3(-), were produced from Pu(III)(NO3)4(-) and Pu(IV)(NO3)5(-), respectively, by the elimination of two NO2 molecules. CID of Pu(VI)O2(NO3)3(-) resulted in NO2 elimination to yield PuO3(NO3)2(-), in which the oxidation state of plutonium could be VII, a known oxidation state in condensed phase but not yet in the gas phase. Density functional theory confirmed the nature of Pu(V)O2(NO3)2(-) and Pu(VI)O2(NO3)3(-) as plutonyl(V/VI) cores coordinated by bidentate equatorial nitrate ligands. The computed structure of PuO3(NO3)2(-) is essentially a plutonyl(VI) core, Pu(VI)O2(2+), coordinated in the equatorial plane by two nitrate ligands and one radical oxygen atom. The computations indicate that in the ground spin-orbit free state of PuO3(NO3)2(-), the unpaired electron of the oxygen atom is antiferromagnetically coupled to the spin-triplet state of the plutonyl core. The results indicate that Pu(VII) is not a readily accessible oxidation state in the gas phase, despite that it is stable in solution and solids, but rather that a Pu(VI)-O· bonding configuration is favored, in which an oxygen radical is involved. PMID:25695878

  1. Calculation of 239Pu neutron inelastic cross sections

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    We have calculated cross sections for neutron-induced reactions on 239Pu between 0.001 and 5 MeV, with particular emphasis on inelastic scattering. Coupled-channel and Hauser-Feshbach statistical models were used. Within the coupled-channel calculations we employed neutron optical parameters derived from simultaneous fits to total, elastic, inelastic, and resonance data. The resulting transmission coefficients were used in Hauser-Feshbach statistical calculations having a fission channel based on a double-humped barrier representation. Barrier parameters and transition state enhancements needed to reproduce well the (n,f) cross sections between 0.001 and 5 MeV were in general agreement with those from other published analyses. Calculated compound-nucleus and direct-reaction components for inelastic scattering were combined incoherently, and the resultant cross sections agreed well with the Bruyeres-le-Chatel measurements for scattering from levels occupying the ground state rotational band. Our results are in substantial disagreement with ENDF/B-V values for these levels. We are presently performing DWBA calculations to determine direct-reaction components for states occupying higher-lying vibrational bands

  2. 238PuO2 surface contamination of radioisotopic heat sources

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    Surface contamination and cleaning characteristics of two radioisotopic heat sources are discussed. The Milliwatt Generator is a small (41/2 W) heat source which is successfully cleaned by hand in a series of hot acid baths.The Multi-Hundred Watt Isotopic Heat Source presents additional problems in removing the surface contamination because of its large size (100 W) and its grit-blasted surface. A study has characterized the behavior of the Pu during aging of the surface at the heat source service temperature of 13500C. Results from this study show that normal decontamination effectively removes the superficial Pu but does not extract the Pu which is deep within the grit-blasted structure. Subsequent heating results in migration of microcurie amounts of Pu out of the grit-blasted surface

  3. Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Vegetation Mapping Project - Spatial Vegetation Data

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This metadata is for the vegetation and land-use geo-spatial database for Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (PUHE) , Island of Hawai'i and surrounding areas....

  4. Characterization of a {sup 239}PuBe isotopic neutron source

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    Vega C, H. R.; Hernandez D, V. M. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Rivera M, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Calz. Legaria No. 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Sanchez, A., E-mail: fermineutron@yahoo.com [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    A Bonner sphere spectrometer was used to determine the features of a {sup 239}PuBe neutron source used to operate the ESFM-Ipn Subcritical Reactor. The spectrometer is a {sup 6}Lil(Eu) scintillator and 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 inches-diameter polyethylene spheres, that was located 100 cm from the neutron source. The count rates obtained with the spectrometer were unfolded using the NSDUAZ code and neutron spectrum, total fluence, and ambient dose equivalent were determined. A Monte Carlo calculation, using the MCNP5 code, was carried out to estimate the spectrum and integral features being less that values obtained experimentally due to the presence of {sup 241}Pu in the Pu used to fabricate the source. Using the experimental information the actual neutron yield and the mass fraction of {sup 241}Pu was estimated. (Author)

  5. Characterization and property evaluation of U-15 wt%Pu alloy for fast reactor

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    Kaity, Santu; Banerjee, Joydipta; Ravi, K.; Keswani, R.; Kutty, T. R. G.; Kumar, Arun; Prasad, G. J.

    2013-02-01

    The characterization and high temperature behaviour of U-15 wt%Pu alloy has been investigated in this study for the first time. U-15 wt%Pu alloy sample for this study was prepared by following melting and casting route. Microstructural characterization of the alloy was carried out by XRD and optical microscopy. The thermophysical properties like phase transition temperatures, coefficient of thermal expansion and hot hardness of the above alloy were determined. Eutectic temperature between T91 and U-15 wt%Pu was established. Apart from that, the fuel-cladding chemical compatibility of U-15 wt%Pu alloy with T91 grade steel was studied by diffusion couple experiment.

  6. Surprising Coordination Geometry Differences in Ce(IV)- and Pu(IV)-Maltol Complexes

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    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Raymond, Kenneth; Szigethy, Geza; Xu, Jide; Gorden, Anne E.V.; Teat, Simon J.; Shuh, David K.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2008-02-12

    As part of a study to characterize the detailed coordination behavior of Pu(IV), single crystal X-ray diffraction structures have been determined for Pu(IV) and Ce(IV) complexes with the naturally-occurring ligand maltol (3-hydroxy-2-methyl-pyran-4-one) and its derivative bromomaltol (5-bromo-3-hydroxy-2-methyl-pyran-4-one). Although Ce(IV) is generally accepted as a structural analog for Pu(IV), and the maltol complexes of these two metals are isostructural, the corresponding bromomaltol complexes are strikingly different with respect to ligand orientation about the metal ion: All complexes exhibit trigonal dodecahedral coordination geometry but the Ce(IV)-bromomaltol complex displays an uncommon ligand arrangement not mirrored in the Pu(IV) complex, although the two metal species are generally accepted to be structural analogs.

  7. Differences in the initial deposition of Pu and Ra in the skeleton

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    The ratio (still unknown) relating the experimentally determined effects of Pu and Ra in some animal species to observed effects of various isotopes of Ra in man presently provides the most reasonable basis for an assessment of the risk resulting to man from Pu. Extensive studies with the beagle have shown that an evaluation of this ratio on the basis of average skeletal radiation dose is complicated by several factors, one of which is the difference in the initial (gross) distribution of Pu and Ra between the various skeletal parts. Studies on the initial deposition of Pu and Ra in the whole skeleton and in individual parts of the skeleton after injection of the two nuclides as citrates demonstrated that significant differences in the distribution within the various skeletal parts exist, although the total deposition of the two nuclides in the whole skeleton is practically the same

  8. Thermophysical properties of α-Pu2O3: A new potential model

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    Günay, S. D.; Akgenç, B.; Akdere, Ü.; Taşseven, ć.

    2013-12-01

    α-Pu2O3 is an important material among plutonium based materials in nuclear industry. Pure plutonium surfaces quickly oxidizes into α-Pu2O3 and PuO2 which are in the form of layers one on another [1]. Here we have investigated thermal properties of α-Pu2O3 by molecular dynamics simulation by using a partially ionic semi-empirical rigid ion potential. Mechanical properties, thermal expansion, and heat capacity are calculated. Results were compared with available experimental data and quantum calculation [2]. Due to the experimental limitations such as toxicity and radiation effects, studying the physical properties of such materials from molecular dynamics simulations have vital importance.

  9. First-principles elastic constants and phonons of delta-Pu

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    Söderlind, P.; Landa, A.; Sadigh, B.;

    2004-01-01

    Elastic constants and zone-boundary phonons of delta-plutonium have been calculated within the density-functional theory. The paramagnetic state of delta-Pu is modeled by disordered magnetism utilizing either the disordered local moment or the special quasirandom structure techniques. The anomalo......Elastic constants and zone-boundary phonons of delta-plutonium have been calculated within the density-functional theory. The paramagnetic state of delta-Pu is modeled by disordered magnetism utilizing either the disordered local moment or the special quasirandom structure techniques....... The anomalously soft C-' as well as a large anisotropy ratio (C-44/C-') of delta-Pu is reproduced by this theoretical model. Also the recently measured phonons for delta-Pu compare relatively well with their theoretical counterpart at the zone boundaries....

  10. Study of Pretreatment Method for Measurement of Small Quantity of U, Np, Pu in 1AW

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    DENG; Wei-qin; TAN; Shu-ping; WU; Ji-zong; TAO; Miao-miao

    2012-01-01

    <正>The analysis of U, Np, Pu in 1AW plays an important role on monitoring of plutonium and uranium recovery and neptunium distribution in co-decontamination cycle. Due to the high radioactivity and the

  11. Feasibility of Burning Civilian Grade Pu in the Modular HTR with Th Fuel Cycle

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    许云林; 经荥清

    2001-01-01

    The Modular High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTR) can be usedto burn plutonium fuel to reduce Pu stockpiles because of its inherent safety characteristics and ability to burn a variety of fuel mixtures. The equilibrium core is calculated and analyzed for Pu enriched fuel. Fuel spheres with 7 g heavy metal including the civilian grade Pu and thorium are loaded into the reactor. An enrichment of 11% is chosen to provide the desired equilibrium core reactivity. The fuel and moderator temperature coefficients are both negative. The maximum fuel element temperature during normal operation and during a loss of coolant accident is less than 1500 ℃. 92% of 239Pu will be burnt during nomal operation. Therefore, a thorium fuel cycle in the modular HTR is an effective method for burning civilian grade plutonium.

  12. Migration of 90Sr, 137Cs and Pu in soils. Verification of a computer model on the behaviour of these radiocontaminants in soils of Western Europe

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    The main emphasis in 1979 was on the 239240Pu model for simulating translocations in soil. The verification was hampered because data for 239Pu were available from only two locations. A comparison between the observed and predicted Pu distribution however indicated the possibility of using the available simulation approach for 239240Pu. (Auth.)

  13. Spatial distribution of {sup 241}Am, {sup 137}Cs, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239,240}Pu and {sup 241}Pu over 17 year periods in the Ravenglass saltmarsh, Cumbria, UK

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    Oh, J.-S. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: jsoh@noc.soton.ac.uk; Warwick, P.E. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: pew@noc.soton.ac.uk; Croudace, I.W. [GAU-Radioanalytical, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: iwc@noc.soton.ac.uk

    2009-07-15

    Ninety five surface scrape samples were collected at the Ravenglass saltmarsh and analysed for radionuclides by alpha spectrometry ({sup 238}Pu and {sup 239,240}Pu), gamma spectrometry ({sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs) and liquid scintillation counting ({sup 241}Pu). Both {sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs activities are compared with those reported by Horrill [1983. Concentrations and spatial distribution of radioactivity in an ungrazed saltmarsh. In: Coughtrey, P.J. (Ed.), Ecological Aspects of Radionuclide Release. British Ecological Society Special Publication No. 3. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 119-215.] Significant decreases in activities for both radionuclides were observed which is caused by the declining levels of discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant since the 1980s. It has been concluded that the spatial distribution of these radionuclides are controlled by the tidal currents and the clay contents in the sediments. There is evidence of surface erosion of the saltmarsh and redistribution of radionuclides in the saltmarsh using isotopic ratios of measured Pu.

  14. Role of PU.1 in MHC Class II Expression via CIITA Transcription in Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells.

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    Miura, Ryosuke; Kasakura, Kazumi; Nakano, Nobuhiro; Hara, Mutsuko; Maeda, Keiko; Okumura, Ko; Ogawa, Hideoki; Yashiro, Takuya; Nishiyama, Chiharu

    2016-01-01

    The cofactor CIITA is a master regulator of MHC class II expression and several transcription factors regulating the cell type-specific expression of CIITA have been identified. Although the MHC class II expression in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) is also mediated by CIITA, the transcription factors involved in the CIITA expression in pDCs are largely unknown. In the present study, we analyzed the role of a hematopoietic lineage-specific transcription factor, PU.1, in CIITA transcription in pDCs. The introduction of PU.1 siRNA into mouse pDCs and a human pDC cell line, CAL-1, reduced the mRNA levels of MHC class II and CIITA. When the binding of PU.1 to the 3rd promoter of CIITA (pIII) in CAL-1 and mouse pDCs was analyzed by a chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, a significant amount of PU.1 binding to the pIII was detected, which was definitely decreased in PU.1 siRNA-transfected cells. Reporter assays showed that PU.1 knockdown reduced the pIII promoter activity and that three Ets-motifs in the human pIII promoter were candidates of cis-enhancing elements. By electrophoretic mobility shift assays, it was confirmed that two Ets-motifs, GGAA (-181/-178) and AGAA (-114/-111), among three candidates, were directly bound with PU.1. When mouse pDCs and CAL-1 cells were stimulated by GM-CSF, mRNA levels of PU.1, pIII-driven CIITA, total CIITA, MHC class II, and the amount of PU.1 binding to pIII were significantly increased. The GM-CSF-mediated up-regulation of these mRNAs was canceled in PU.1 siRNA-introduced cells. Taking these results together, we conclude that PU.1 transactivates the pIII through direct binding to Ets-motifs in the promoter in pDCs.

  15. DFT and two-dimensional correlation analysis methods for evaluating the Pu{sup 3+}–Pu{sup 4+} electronic transition of plutonium-doped zircon

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    Bian, Liang, E-mail: bianliang@ms.xjb.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Dong, Fa-qin; Song, Mian-xin [Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Dong, Hai-liang [Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (United States); Li, Wei-Min [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Duan, Tao; Xu, Jin-bao [Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Zhang, Xiao-yan [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China); Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, South West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • Effect of Pu f-shell electron on the electronic property of zircon is calculated via DFT and 2D-CA techniques. • Reasons of Pu f-shell electron influencing on electronic properties are systematically discussed. • Phase transitions are found at two point 2.8 mol% and 7.5 mol%. - Abstract: Understanding how plutonium (Pu) doping affects the crystalline zircon structure is very important for risk management. However, so far, there have been only a very limited number of reports of the quantitative simulation of the effects of the Pu charge and concentration on the phase transition. In this study, we used density functional theory (DFT), virtual crystal approximation (VCA), and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the origins of the structural and electronic transitions of Zr{sub 1−c}Pu{sub c}SiO{sub 4} over a wide range of Pu doping concentrations (c = 0–10 mol%). The calculations indicated that the low-angular-momentum Pu-f{sub xy}-shell electron excites an inner-shell O-2s{sup 2} orbital to create an oxygen defect (V{sub O-s}) below c = 2.8 mol%. This oxygen defect then captures a low-angular-momentum Zr-5p{sup 6}5s{sup 2} electron to form an sp hybrid orbital, which exhibits a stable phase structure. When c > 2.8 mol%, each accumulated V{sub O-p} defect captures a high-angular-momentum Zr-4d{sub z} electron and two Si-p{sub z} electrons to create delocalized Si{sup 4+} → Si{sup 2+} charge disproportionation. Therefore, we suggest that the optimal amount of Pu cannot exceed 7.5 mol% because of the formation of a mixture of ZrO{sub 8} polyhedral and SiO{sub 4} tetrahedral phases with the orientation (10-1). This study offers new perspective on the development of highly stable zircon-based solid solution materials.

  16. Chemical separation and ICP-AES determination of 22 metallic elements in U and Pu matrices using cyanex-923 extractant and studies on stripping of U and Pu.

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    Argekar, A A; Kulkarni, M J; Mathur, J N; Page, A G

    2002-03-11

    Comprehensive studies have been carried out on the extraction behavior of uranium and plutonium matrices using cyanex-923 extractant. The near total extraction of U/Pu and quantitative separation of 22 metallic elements at trace levels has been established using inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). The studies carried out on back extraction of U/Pu from organic phase have established the near total recovery of these matrices into the aqueous phase using 1 M Na(2)CO(3) and saturated oxalic acid, respectively.

  17. Pu Sorption, Desorption and Intrinsic Colloid Stability under Granitic Chemical Conditions

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    Zhao, Pihong [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Zavarin, Mavrik [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Dai, Zurong [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kersting, Annie B. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2014-09-04

    This progress report (M4FT-14LL0807031) describes research conducted at LLNL as part of the Crystalline Repository effort within the UFD program. Part I describes the dissolution kinetics of intrinsic Pu colloids synthesized in an alkaline solution. Part II describes the morphology and dissolution characteristics of various forms of Pu oxides prepared over a range of solution and temperature conditions. Proposed FY15 activities are identified.

  18. Ecological studies of small vertebrates in Pu-contaminated study areas of NTS and TTR

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    Ecological studies of vertebrates in plutonium-contaminated areas of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) were initiated in March 1972, and have continued to date. In September 1973, standard census methods were also employed to derive a qualitative and quantitative inventory of vertebrate biota of four Nevada Applied Ecology Group (NAEG) study areas of the Tonopah Test Range (TTR). A checklist of vertebrates of NAEG study areas of NTS and TTR is presented. Data are presented on vertebrate composition, relative abundance, and seasonal status in the study areas. Concentrations of 239Pu and 241Am were determined in pelt or skin, GI tract, and carcass of 13 lizards and 16 mammals resident on Clean Slate 2, TTR, and Area 11, NTS. A total of 71 animals were collected for radioanalysis. However, the data were not available at the time this report was written. Pu tissue burdens were highest in lizards from Area 11 GZ. Maximum values obtained in nCi/g ash were 30.9, 42.2, and 0.43 for the pelt, GI tract, and carcass, respectively. Maximum 239Pu values in tissues of small rodents from Area 11 (not from GZ) were 11.4, 6.49, and 0.20 nCi/g ash for pelt, GI tract, and carcass, respectively. Pu/Am ratios were relatively consistent in tissue samples of lizards and small mammals from Area 11 (approximately 6:1, Pu/Am). Pu/Am ratios were not consistent in vertebrates of Clean Slate 2, TTR, and appeared to be lower in carcass (28:1, Pu/Am in mammals) than GI tract (9:1, Pu/Am in mammals). Although this trend was more conspicuous in mammals, it was also evident in reptiles. (auth)

  19. Valance Adjustment of Np and Pu in 1AF Fluid of Pilot Plant

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    2011-01-01

    The influence of temperature and time on Np(Ⅵ ) and Pu(Ⅵ ) percent in 1AF fluid had been studied, the constitute of 1AF fluid was followed as: c(HNO3)=2 mol/L, (U)=225 g/L, (Pu)=2.4 g/L, (Np)= 0.129 g/L, which was in accord with the pilot test

  20. Mass transport properties of Pu/DT mixtures from orbital free molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kress, Joel David [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Ticknor, Christopher [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Collins, Lee A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-09-16

    Mass transport properties (shear viscosity and diffusion coefficients) for Pu/DT mixtures were calculated with Orbital Free Molecular Dynamics (OFMD). The results were fitted to simple functions of mass density (for ρ=10.4 to 62.4 g/cm3) and temperature (for T=100 up to 3,000 eV) for Pu/DT mixtures consisting of 100/0, 25/75, 50/50, and 75/25 by number.

  1. Distribution coefficients for the sorption of Th, U, Np, Pu, and Am on Opalinus Clay

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    Amayri, Samer; Froehlich, Daniel R.; Kaplan, Ugras; Trautmann, Norbert; Reich, Tobias [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Nuclear Chemistry

    2016-04-01

    The distribution coefficients (K{sub d}) are determined for the sorption of Th(IV), U(VI), Np(V), Pu(III/IV/VI), and Am(III) in the system natural Opalinus Clay (OPA) from Mont Terri, Switzerland, and synthetic OPA pore water at pH 7.6 as a function of solid-to-liquid ratio and element concentration. A linear sorption behavior under the chosen experimental conditions was obtained. The K{sub d} values strongly depend on the oxidation state of the actinide. The K{sub d} values for the tri- and tetravalent actinides are in the range of 29-159 m{sup 3}/kg. U and Np in the oxidation states six and five, respectively, are weakly sorbed on OPA with K{sub d} values of 0.04-0.05 m{sup 3}/kg. The K{sub d} values for the redox-stable Am(III) and Th(IV) are in the same range as for Pu(III) and Pu(IV) which are redox sensitive. The K{sub d} value of Pu(VI) (13 ± 3 m{sup 3}/kg) is about one order of magnitude lower than the K{sub d} values of Pu(III) and Pu(IV), but still more than two orders of magnitude higher compared to the values obtained for U(VI) and Np(V). This discrepancy is attributed to the partial reduction of Pu(VI) to Pu(IV) during sorption.

  2. Determination of fissile fraction in MOX (mixed U + Pu oxides) fuels for different burnup values

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    Ozdemir, Levent, E-mail: levent.ozdemir@taek.gov.tr [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey); Acar, Banu Bulut; Zabunoglu, Okan H. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey)

    2011-02-15

    When spent Light Water Reactor fuels are processed by the standard Purex method of reprocessing, plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) in spent fuel are obtained as pure and separate streams. The recovered Pu has a fissile content (consisting of {sup 239}Pu and {sup 241}Pu) greater than 60% typically (although it mainly depends on discharge burnup of spent fuel). The recovered Pu can be recycled as mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel after being blended with a fertile U makeup in a MOX fabrication plant. The burnup that can be obtained from MOX fuel depends on: (1) isotopic composition of Pu, which is closely related to the discharge burnup of spent fuel from which Pu is recovered; (2) the type of fertile U makeup material used (depleted U, natural U, or recovered U); and (3) fraction of makeup material in the mix (blending ratio), which in turn determines the total fissile fraction of MOX. Using the Non-linear Reactivity Model and the code MONTEBURNS, a step-by-step procedure for computing the total fissile content of MOX is introduced. As was intended, the resulting expression is simple enough for quick/hand calculations of total fissile content of MOX required to reach a desired burnup for a given discharge burnup of spent fuel and for a specified fertile U makeup. In any case, due to non-fissile (parasitic) content of recovered Pu, a greater fissile fraction in MOX than that in fresh U is required to obtain the same burnup as can be obtained by the fresh U fuel.

  3. Kinetics of the oxidation of Pu(IV) by manganese dioxide

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    The kinetics of the oxidation of plutonium(IV) by manganese dioxide were studied in 1.0 M NaCl over the pH range from 2.5 to 8.2 with variable concentrations of manganese dioxide from 0.01 m2/L to 4.97 m2/L at a constant temperature of 19±2 C. The concentration of plutonium in solution was 6.0(±1.0) x 10-10 M. Fractions of Pu(IV), (V) and (VI) as a function of time were determined by removal of plutonium from the solid phase followed by an ultrafiltration/solvent extraction procedure using TTA and HDEHP as extractants. Appropriate removal conditions were established for Pu(IV), Pu(V) and Pu(VI) using Th(IV), Np(V) and U(VI) as oxidation state analogs. In the pH range from 2.0 to 3.5, the oxidation of Pu(IV) by manganese dioxide was first order with respect to the concentration of manganese dioxide and -0.21 with respect to the hydrogen ion concentration. Consequently, assuming a first order dependence with respect to the concentration of Pu(IV), the oxidation reaction can be described by the following rate equation: -d[Pu(IV)]/dt = k . [Pu(IV)] . [MnO2(s)] . [H+]-0.21 with k = 3.72(±0.13) x 10-3 (m-2 L)(mol-1 L)-0.21(min)-1. Using the kinetic data determined in this study, the influence of manganese dioxide on the oxidation state distribution of plutonium under various environmental conditions as well as in waste solutions can be estimated. (orig.)

  4. Measurement of absorption with a p-u sound intensity probe in an impedance tube

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    Liu, Yang; Jacobsen, Finn

    2005-01-01

    An alternative method of measuring the normal-incidence sound absorption of a sample of material in an impedance tube is examined. The method is based on measurement of the sound pressure and the normal component of the particle velocity using a "p-u" sound intensity probe. This technique...... a simple "sensor-switching technique," the method based on a p-u intensity probe relies on accurate calibration of the probe....

  5. Transcriptional Factor PU.1 Regulates Decidual C1q Expression in Early Pregnancy in Human.

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    Madhukaran, Shanmuga Priyaa; Kishore, Uday; Jamil, Kaiser; Teo, Boon Heng Dennis; Choolani, Mahesh; Lu, Jinhua

    2015-01-01

    C1q is the first recognition subcomponent of the complement classical pathway, which in addition to being synthesized in the liver, is also expressed by macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs). Trophoblast invasion during early placentation results in accumulation of debris that triggers the complement system. Hence, both early and late components of the classical pathway are widely distributed in the placenta and decidua. In addition, C1q has recently been shown to significantly contribute to feto-maternal tolerance, trophoblast migration, and spiral artery remodeling, although the exact mechanism remains unknown. Pregnancy in mice, genetically deficient in C1q, mirrors symptoms similar to that of human preeclampsia. Thus, regulated complement activation has been proposed as an essential requirement for normal successful pregnancy. Little is known about the molecular pathways that regulate C1q expression in pregnancy. PU.1, an Ets-family transcription factor, is required for the development of hematopoietic myeloid lineage immune cells, and its expression is tissue-specific. Recently, PU.1 has been shown to regulate C1q gene expression in DCs and macrophages. Here, we have examined if PU.1 transcription factor regulates decidual C1q expression. We used immune-histochemical analysis, PCR, and immunostaining to localize and study the gene expression of PU.1 transcription factor in early human decidua. PU.1 was highly expressed at gene and protein level in early human decidual cells including trophoblast and stromal cells. Surprisingly, nuclear as well as cytoplasmic PU.1 expression was observed. Decidual cells with predominantly nuclear PU.1 expression had higher C1q expression. It is likely that nuclear and cytoplasmic PU.1 localization has a role to play in early pregnancy via regulating C1q expression in the decidua during implantation.

  6. Fully automated system for Pu measurement by gamma spectrometry of alpha contaminated solid wastes

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    A description is given of a fully automated system developed at Comb/Mepis Laboratories which is based on the detection of specific gamma signatures of Pu isotopes for monitoring Pu content in 15-25 l containers of low density (0.1 g/cm3) wastes. The methodological approach is discussed; based on experimental data, an evaluation of the achievable performances (detection limit, precision, accuracy, etc.) is also given

  7. Transcriptional Factor PU.1 Regulates Decidual C1q Expression in Early Pregnancy in Human.

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    Madhukaran, Shanmuga Priyaa; Kishore, Uday; Jamil, Kaiser; Teo, Boon Heng Dennis; Choolani, Mahesh; Lu, Jinhua

    2015-01-01

    C1q is the first recognition subcomponent of the complement classical pathway, which in addition to being synthesized in the liver, is also expressed by macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs). Trophoblast invasion during early placentation results in accumulation of debris that triggers the complement system. Hence, both early and late components of the classical pathway are widely distributed in the placenta and decidua. In addition, C1q has recently been shown to significantly contribute to feto-maternal tolerance, trophoblast migration, and spiral artery remodeling, although the exact mechanism remains unknown. Pregnancy in mice, genetically deficient in C1q, mirrors symptoms similar to that of human preeclampsia. Thus, regulated complement activation has been proposed as an essential requirement for normal successful pregnancy. Little is known about the molecular pathways that regulate C1q expression in pregnancy. PU.1, an Ets-family transcription factor, is required for the development of hematopoietic myeloid lineage immune cells, and its expression is tissue-specific. Recently, PU.1 has been shown to regulate C1q gene expression in DCs and macrophages. Here, we have examined if PU.1 transcription factor regulates decidual C1q expression. We used immune-histochemical analysis, PCR, and immunostaining to localize and study the gene expression of PU.1 transcription factor in early human decidua. PU.1 was highly expressed at gene and protein level in early human decidual cells including trophoblast and stromal cells. Surprisingly, nuclear as well as cytoplasmic PU.1 expression was observed. Decidual cells with predominantly nuclear PU.1 expression had higher C1q expression. It is likely that nuclear and cytoplasmic PU.1 localization has a role to play in early pregnancy via regulating C1q expression in the decidua during implantation. PMID:25762996

  8. Electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple in LiCl-KCl eutectic melts: comparison of the electrode reaction at the surface of liquid Bi with that at a solid Mo electrode

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    The electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple at the interface between LiCl-KCl eutectic melt containing PuCl3 and liquid Bi phase was investigated by cyclic voltammetry at 723, 773 and 823 K. For comparison, the system was also studied using a solid Mo electrode in place of the liquid Bi electrode. It was found that the electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple at the Bi electrode was almost reversible. The redox potentials of Pu3+/Pu couple at the liquid Bi electrode in the LiCl-KCl eutectic melt containing 0.87 wt% PuCl3 (0.0014 mole fraction) at 723, 773 and 823 K were observed to be more positive by 0.575, 0.572 and 0.566 V, respectively, than those at the Mo electrode. These differences in potential were thermodynamically analyzed by assuming a lowering of the activity of Pu in Bi phase according to the alloy formation of PuBi2. (author)

  9. Measurement of the ${240}$Pu(n,f) reaction cross-section

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    Following proposal CERN-INTC-2010-042 / INTC-P-280 (“Measurement of the fission cross-section of $^{240}$Pu and $^{242}$Pu at CERN’s n_TOF Facility”), the parallel measurement of the $^{240}$Pu(n,f) and $^{242}$Pu(n,f) reaction cross-sections was carried out at n_TOF EAR-1. While the $^{242}$Pu measurement was successful, unexpected sample-induced damage to the detectors caused by the high α-activity of the 240Pu samples resulted in a deterioration of the detector performance over the data taking period of several months, which compromised the measurement. This obstacle can be eliminated by performing the measurement in EAR-2, where the higher neutron flux will allow collecting data in a much shorter time, thus preventing the degradation of the detectors. In addition to this obvious advantage, the measurement would also benefit from the stronger suppression of the sample-induced α-background, due to the shorter times-of-flight involved.

  10. Many-body Expanded Analytical Potential Energy Function for Ground State PuOH Molecule

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    LI Yue-Xun; GAO Tao; ZHU Zheng-He

    2006-01-01

    Using the density functional method B3LYP with relativistic effective core potential (RECP) for Pu atom, the low-lying excited states (4∑+, 6∑+, 8∑+) for three structures of PuOH molecule were optimized. The results show that the ground state is X6∑+of the linear Pu-O-H (C∞v), its corresponding equilibrium geometry and dissociation energy are RPu-O=0.20595 nm, RO-H=0.09581 nm and -8.68 eV, respectively. At the same time, two other metastable structures [PuOH (Cs) and H-Pu-O (C∞v)] were found. The analytical potential energy function has also been derived for whole range using the many-body expansion method. This potential energy function represents the considerable topographical features of PuOH molecule in detail, which is adequately accurate in the whole potential surface and can be used for the molecular reaction dynamics research.

  11. Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Plutonium, Pu(+V), in Saturated Alluvium

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    Abdel-Fattah, A. I.; Reimus, P. W.; Ware, S.; Haga, M. H.

    2004-12-01

    Natural groundwater colloids can facilitate the subsurface transport of strongly-sorbing radionuclides, such as plutonium (Pu). To evaluate this mechanism, packed-bed column experiments were conducted, comparing the simultaneous transport of dissolved plutonium (Pu-239) of an initial oxidation state (+V), Pu sorbed onto natural colloids, 190-nm and 500-nm diameter fluorescent Carboxylate Modified Latex (CML) microspheres, and tritium, as a conservative tracer, in saturated alluvium. The experiments were conducted in two columns having slightly different porosities at two flow rates, resulting in average linear velocities, v, of 0.6 to 3.65 cm/hr in one column and 0.57 to 2.85 cm/hr in the other. In all experiments, Pu associated with natural colloids transported through alluvium essentially unretarded, while dissolved Pu was entirely retained. These results were consistent with the strong sorption of Pu to alluvium and the negligible desorption from natural colloids, observed in separate batch experiments, over time scales exceeding those of the column experiments. The breakthrough of natural colloids preceded that of tritium in all experiments, indicating a slightly smaller effective pore volume for the colloids. The enhancement of colloids' transport over tritium decreased with v, implying ~40% enhancement at v = 0. The 500-nm CML microspheres were significantly attenuated in the column experiments compared to the 190-nm microspheres, which exhibited slightly more attenuation than natural colloids.

  12. Measurement of Neutron Induced and Spontaneous Fission in Pu-242 at DANCE

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    Chyzh, Andrii; Wu, C. Y.; Henderson, R.; Couture, A.; Lee, H. Y.; Ullmann, J.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Jandel, M.; Haight, R. C.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Dance Collaboration

    2013-10-01

    Neutron capture and fission reactions are important in nuclear engineering and physics. DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Measurement, LANL) combined with PPAC (avalanche technique based fission tagging detector, LLNL) were used to study neutron induced and spontaneous fission in 242Pu. 2 measurements were performed in 2013. The first experiment was done without the incident neutron beam with the fission tagging ability to study γ-rays emitted in the spontaneous fission of 242Pu. The second one - with the neutron beam to measure both the neutron capture and fission reactions. This is the first direct measurement of prompt fission γ-rays in 242Pu. The γ-ray multiplicity, γ-ray energy, and total energy of γ-rays per fission in 242Pu will be presented. These distributions of the 242Pu spontaneous fission will be compared to those in the 241Pu neutron induced fission. This work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy by Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396 and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  13. Structural characteristics and properties of PU-modified TDE-85/MeTHPA epoxy resin

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    2007-01-01

    Diglycidy1-4,5-epoxycyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate (TDE-85)/methyl tetrahydro-phthalic anhydride (MeTHPA) epoxy resin was modified by polyurethane(PU), and its structural characteristics and properties were studied by infrared spectrum analysis(IR), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), mechanics testing and thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The results indicate that epoxy polymeric network Ⅰ and polyurethane polymeric network Ⅱ are formed in the PU-modified TDE-85/MeTHPA epoxy resin.Meanwhile the PU-modified TDE-85/MeTHPA resins have heterogeneous structure. The miscibility between epoxy (EP) and polyurethane (PU) as well as the phase size are dominantly determined by the mass fraction of polyurethane prepolymer (PUP) in the EP/PU blends. With the increase of PUP mass fraction, the tensile strength, impact strength and thermal stability of the PU-modified TDE-85/MeTHPA epoxy resin all firstly exhibit increasing tendency, and decrease after successively reaching their maxima. When the number-average molecular mass of PPG is 1 000 and the mass fraction of PUP is 15%, the tensile strength, impact strength and thermal stability of materials obtained, compared with TDE-85/MeTHPA epoxy resin, are improved obviously.

  14. Conversion electron spectrometry of Pu isotopes with a silicon drift detector.

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    Pommé, S; Paepen, J; Peräjärvi, K; Turunen, J; Pöllänen, R

    2016-03-01

    An electron spectrometry set-up was built at IRMM consisting of a vacuum chamber with a moveable source holder and windowless Peltier-cooled silicon drift detector (SDD). The SDD is well suited for measuring low-energy x rays and electrons emitted from thin radioactive sources with low self-absorption. The attainable energy resolution is better than 0.5keV for electrons of 30keV. It has been used to measure the conversion electron spectra of three plutonium isotopes, i.e. (238)Pu, (239)Pu, (240)Pu, as well as (241)Am (being a decay product of (241)Pu). The obtained mixed x-ray and electron spectra are compared with spectra obtained with a close-geometry set-up using another SDD in STUK and spectra measured with a Si(Li) detector at IRMM. The potential of conversion electron spectrometry for isotopic analysis of mixed plutonium samples is investigated. With respect to the (240)Pu/(239)Pu isotopic ratio, the conversion electron peaks of both isotopes are more clearly separated than their largely overlapping peaks in alpha spectra. PMID:26651177

  15. Background distributions of 239+240Pu and 137Cs of upland soil in Rokkasho, Japan

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    The background distributions of Pu and 137Cs in soil were investigated in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, where the first commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Japan is now being constructed. Soil core samples to 1 m depth were collected at 13 upland fields in Rokkasho and control sites in Hachinohe and Hirosaki. Since fields under yam (Dioscorea babatus) cultivation, which is a common crop in Rokkasho, were dug to approximately 1 m depth at harvesting, depth profiles of fallout radionuclides are heavily disturbed for most fields in Rokkasho. The mean inventories of 239+240Pu and 137Cs in three fields with no yam cultivation history were 116 Bq m-2 and 3.4 kBq m-2, respectively and similar to values in Hachinohe. However, the inventories were approximately a half of those in Hirosaki. The mean ratio of 239Pu/240Pu for all studied fields was 0.18±0.04, and similar to that of global fallout. The Pu concentrations correlate very well with 137Cs (r=0.97) in spite of heavy disturbance of soil, and the ratio of 239+240Pu/137Cs was 0.037±0.007, which is a typical value for global fallout. (author)

  16. Radiolysis and corrosion of 238Pu-doped UO2 pellets in chloride brine

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    M Kelm; E Bohnert

    2002-12-01

    Deaerated 5 M NaCl solution is irradiated in the presence of UO2 pellets with a-radiation from 238Pu. Experiments are conducted with 238Pu doped pellets and others with 238Pu dissolved in the brine. The radiolysis products and yields of mobilized U and Pu from the oxidative dissolution of UO2 are determined. Results found for radiolysis products and for the oxidation/dissolution of pellets immersed in Pu containing brine are similar to results for Pu doped pellets, where the radiation chemical processes occur only in the liquid layer of some 10 m thickness adjacent to the pellet. The yield of radiolysis products is comparable to earlier results, that of mobilized U from the pellets is < 1% of the total amount of oxidized species. Thus, the radiation chemical yield (-value) for mobilized hexavalent U is < 0.01 ions/100 eV. In spite of the low radiation yield for the corrosion, the rate of UO2 dissolution is higher than expected for the concentrations of long-lived oxidizing radiolysis compounds found in the solutions.

  17. PU/SS Eutectic Assessment In 9975 Packagings In A Storage Facility During Extended Fire

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    In a radioactive material (RAM) packaging, the formation of eutectic at the Pu/SS (plutonium/stainless steel) interface is a serious concern and must be avoided to prevent of leakage of fissile material to the environment. The eutectic temperature for the Pu/SS is rather low (410 C) and could seriously impact the structural integrity of the containment vessel under accident conditions involving fire. The 9975 packaging is used for long term storage of Pu bearing materials in the DOE complex where the Pu comes in contact with the stainless steel containment vessel. Due to the serious consequences of the containment breach at the eutectic site, the Pu/SS interface temperature is kept well below the eutectic formation temperature of 410 C. This paper discusses the thermal models and the results for the extended fire conditions (1500 F for 86 minutes) that exist in a long term storage facility and concludes that the 9975 packaging Pu/SS interface temperature is well below the eutectic temperature.

  18. A mass spectrometric investigation of the vaporisation behaviour in the (U + Pu + O) system

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    Highlights: • Vapour pressure measurements performed at high temperatures on (U, Pu) oxide samples. • Experimental facility consisted of a Knudsen cell coupled with a mass spectrometer. • Partial pressures of gaseous species were assessed from ionisation efficiency curves. • Vapour pressure was calculated using a thermochemical model for the ternary system. -- Abstract: The vaporisation behaviour of (U, Pu)O2 mixed oxides (Pu/M = 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75, with M = U + Pu) was studied by means of mass spectrometry. Hyperstoichiometric samples were heated in a Knudsen cell up to T = 2300 K. The evolution of the uranium and plutonium bearing gaseous species was studied as a function of time in order to evaluate the congruent vapour composition. Ionisation efficiency measurements were performed and the partial pressures of the gaseous species involved in the vaporisation process were determined. The vapour pressure has also been calculated using a thermochemical model for the (U + Pu + O) system. A quasi congruent composition with respect to the O/M ratio has been assumed, in agreement with the experiments. Nevertheless, the evaluation of all the experimental and calculated results shows that a total congruent composition exists for a single composition of the mixed oxide (MOX) samples with a Pu/M content slightly lower than 0.50. A good agreement is obtained between the calculated and experimental vapour pressure data, as well as the quasi congruent vaporisation compositions

  19. Distribution of the Pu and Am isotopes in the BOMARC missile site soil

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    Full text: The activity concentrations as well as the activity and atomic ratios of the Pu and Am isotopes in different sizes of the soil sampled around BOMARC Missile Site were obtained by radiochemical analysis. The association pattern between the actinides and soil particles was investigated using a spherical model of a particle size with a variable radius. From the activity and atomic ratios of Pu and Am, the origin of the Pu and Am isotopes was identified in the BOMARC Missile Site soil. Plutonium is one of the transuranic elements which is primarily present in the environment as a result of human activity, namely as the fallout from nuclear weapon testings during the late 1940s through to the early 1960s, and accidental releases due to military mishaps. One particular mishap occurred in 1960 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, when a Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC) missile caught fire and the warhead was partially melted by the fire. Although the missile did not explode, subsequent fire fighting activities contributed to the dispersion of weapons grade plutonium into the local environment. Soil samples around BOMARC site were taken to a depth of 2 inches by the U.S. Air Force Institute for Environment. The soil samples were blended and homogenized in a soil tumbler, and subdivided into approximately 20-gram samples. Grain size fractions were determined with sieves. Determination of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 241Am and 239U was performed using a radiochemical method. After adding 242Pu, 243Am and 232U tracers, a total of a 2 g ashed soil sample was dissolved with concentrated HNO3 and HF and evaporated to dryness. Dissolution in HNO3/HF was repeated and again evaporated to dryness. The residue was dissolved in 9 M HCl. After filtration, the solution was passed over an anion exchange column (chloride form) to which the Pu was sorbed. The columns were washed with 9 M HCl followed by 8 M HNO3. This effluent was evaporated to dryness and

  20. Distribution of Pu and Am isotopes in BOMARC missile site soil

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    Full text: The activity concentrations as well as the activity and atomic ratios of the Pu and Am isotopes in different sizes of the soil sampled around BOMARC Missile Site were obtained by radiochemical analysis. The association pattern between the actinides and soil particles was investigated using a spherical model of a particle size with a variable radius. From the activity and atomic ratios of Pu and Am, the origin of the Pu and Am isotopes was identified in the BOMARC Missile Site soil. Plutonium is one of the transuranic elements which is primarily present in the environment as a result of human activity, namely as the fallout from nuclear weapon testings during the late 1940s through to the early 1960s, and accidental releases due to military mishaps. One particular mishap occurred in 1960 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, when a Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC) missile caught fire and the warhead was partially melted by the fire. Although the missile did not explode, subsequent fire fighting activities contributed to the dispersion of weapons grade plutonium into the local environment. Soil samples around BOMARC site were taken to a depth of 2 inches by the U.S. Air Force Institute for Environment. The soil samples were blended and homogenized in a soil tumbler, and subdivided into approximately 20-gram samples. Grain size fractions were determined with sieves. Determination of 239,240Pu, 238Pu, 241Pu, 241Am and 238U was performed using a radiochemical method. After adding 242Pu, 243Am and 232U tracers, a total of a 2 g ashed soil sample was dissolved with concentrated HNO3 and HF and evaporated to dryness. Dissolution in HNO3/HF was repeated and again evaporated to dryness. The residue was dissolved in 9 M HCl. After filtration, the solution was passed over an anion exchange column (chloride form) to which the Pu was sorbed. The columns were washed with 9 M HCl followed by 8 M HNO3. This effluent was evaporated to dryness and

  1. DNA methylation-mediated silencing of PU.1 in leukemia cells resistant to cell differentiation.

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    Fernández-Nestosa, María José; Monturus, Estefanía; Sánchez, Zunilda; Torres, Francisco S; Fernández, Agustín F; Fraga, Mario F; Hernández, Pablo; Schvartzman, Jorge B; Krimer, Dora B

    2013-01-01

    In mice, the proviral integration of the Friend Spleen Focus Forming Virus (SFFV) within the PU.1 locus of erythroid precursors results in the development of erythroleukemia. SFFV integrates several kilobases upstream of the PU.1 transcription initiation start site leading to the constitutive activation of the gene which in turn results in a block of erythroid differentiation. In this study we have mapped and sequenced the exact location of the retroviral integration site. We have shown that SFFV integrates downstream of a previously described upstream regulatory element (URE), precisely 2,976 bp downstream of the URE-distal element. We have also found that SFFV persists integrated within the same location in resistant cell lines that have lost their differentiation capacity and in which case PU.1 remains silent. We have examined the methylation status of PU.1 and found that in resistant cells the nearby CpG islands remained methylated in contrast to a non-methylated status of the parental cell lines. Treatment with 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine caused resistant cells to differentiate yet only when combined with HMBA. Altogether these results strongly suggest that methylation plays a crucial role with regard to PU.1 silencing. However, although demethylation is required, it is not sufficient to overcome the differentiation impasse. We have also showed that activation blockage of the Epo/Epo-R pathway remains despite of the absence of PU.1.

  2. Conversion electron spectrometry of Pu isotopes with a silicon drift detector.

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    Pommé, S; Paepen, J; Peräjärvi, K; Turunen, J; Pöllänen, R

    2016-03-01

    An electron spectrometry set-up was built at IRMM consisting of a vacuum chamber with a moveable source holder and windowless Peltier-cooled silicon drift detector (SDD). The SDD is well suited for measuring low-energy x rays and electrons emitted from thin radioactive sources with low self-absorption. The attainable energy resolution is better than 0.5keV for electrons of 30keV. It has been used to measure the conversion electron spectra of three plutonium isotopes, i.e. (238)Pu, (239)Pu, (240)Pu, as well as (241)Am (being a decay product of (241)Pu). The obtained mixed x-ray and electron spectra are compared with spectra obtained with a close-geometry set-up using another SDD in STUK and spectra measured with a Si(Li) detector at IRMM. The potential of conversion electron spectrometry for isotopic analysis of mixed plutonium samples is investigated. With respect to the (240)Pu/(239)Pu isotopic ratio, the conversion electron peaks of both isotopes are more clearly separated than their largely overlapping peaks in alpha spectra.

  3. Application of a canine 238Pu biokinetics/dosimetry model to human bioassay data.

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    Hickman, A W; Griffith, W C; Roessler, G S; Guilmette, R A

    1995-03-01

    Associated with the use of 238Pu in thermoelectric power sources for space probes is the potential for human exposure, primarily by inhalation and most likely as 238PuO2. Several models have been developed for assessing the level of intake and predicting the resulting radiation dose following human exposure to 239Pu. However, there are indications that existing models do not adequately describe the disposition and dosimetry of 238Pu following human exposure. In this study, a canine model that accounts for these differences has been adapted for use with human excretion data. The model is based on existing knowledge about organ retention of plutonium. An analysis of the sensitivity of the model to changes in aerosol-associated properties indicated that predictions of urinary excretion are most sensitive to changes in particle solubility and diameter and in the ratio of fragment:particle surface area. Application of the model to urinary excretion data from seven workers exposed to a 238Pu ceramic aerosol gave estimated intakes of 390-8,200 Bq and associated initial pulmonary burdens of 80-1,700 Bq. The resulting 50-y dose commitments to critical organs per Bq of 238Pu intake were estimated to be 0.5 mSv for the thoracic region, 0.2 mSv for the liver, and 1 mSv for the bone surfaces. PMID:7860307

  4. Thermophysical properties and oxygen transport in the (Ux,Pu1-x)O2 lattice

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    Cooper, M. W. D.; Murphy, S. T.; Rushton, M. J. D.; Grimes, R. W.

    2015-06-01

    Using molecular dynamics, the thermophysical properties of the (Ux,Pu1-x)O2 system have been investigated between 300 and 3200 K. The variation with temperature of lattice parameter, linear thermal expansion coefficient, enthalpy and specific heat at constant pressure, are explained in terms of defect formation and diffusivity on the oxygen sublattice. Vegard's Law is approximately observed for the thermal expansion of the solid solutions below 2000 K. Deviation from Vegard's Law above this temperature occurs due to the different superionic transition temperatures of the solid solutions (2200-2900 K). Similarly, a spike in the specific heat, associated with the superionic transition, occurs at lower temperatures in solid solutions that have a high Pu content. While oxygen diffusivity is higher in pure PuO2 than in pure UO2, lower oxygen defect enthalpies in (Ux,Pu1-x)O2 solid solutions cause higher oxygen mobility than would be expected by interpolation between the diffusivities of the end members. In comparison to UO2 and PuO2 there is considerable variety of oxygen vacancy and oxygen interstitial sites in solid solutions generating a wide range of property values. Trends in the defect enthalpies are discussed in terms of composition and the lattice parameter of (Ux,Pu1-x)O2. Comparison is made with previous work on (Ux,Th1-x)O2.

  5. Pu isotopes in the western North Pacific Ocean before the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station

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    Yamada, M.; Zheng, J.; Aono, T.

    2011-12-01

    Anthropogenic radionuclides such as Pu-239 (half-life: 24100 yr), Pu-240 (half-life: 6560 yr) and Pu-241 (half-life: 14.325 yr) mainly have been released into the environment as the result of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. In the North Pacific Ocean, two distinct sources of Pu isotopes can be identified; i.e., the global stratospheric fallout and close-in tropospheric fallout from nuclear weapons testing at the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands. The atom ratio of Pu-240/Pu-239 is a powerful fingerprint to identify the sources of Pu in the ocean. The Pu-240/Pu-239 atom ratios in seawater and marine sediment samples collected in the western North Pacific before the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station will provide useful background data for understanding the process controlling Pu transport and for distinguishing future Pu sources. The atom ratios of Pu-240/Pu-239 in water columns from the Yamato and Tsushima Basins in the Japan Sea were significantly higher than the mean global fallout ratio of 0.18; however, there were no temporal variation of atom ratios during the period from 1984 to 1993 in the Japan Sea. The total Pu-239+240 inventories in the whole water columns were approximately doubled during the period from 1984 to 1993 in the two basins. The atom ratio of Pu-240/Pu-239 in surface water from Sagami Bay, western North Pacific Ocean, was 0.224 and showed no notable variation from the surface to the bottom with the mean atom ratio being 0.234. The atom ratios for the Pacific coast, near the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, were approximately the same as the 0.224 ratio obtained from Sagami Bay, western North Pacific margin. The atom ratios in the surficial sediments from Sagami Bay ranged from 0.229 to 0.247. The mean atom ratio in the sediment columns in the East China Sea ranged from 0.248 for the Changjiang estuary to 0.268 for the shelf edge. The observed atom ratios were significantly higher than the mean

  6. Even–odd effects in prompt emission of spontaneously fissioning even–even Pu isotopes

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    Tudora, A., E-mail: anabellatudora@hotmail.com [University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest Magurele, POB MG-11, R-76900 (Romania); Hambsch, F.-J. [EC-JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, B-2440, Geel (Belgium); Giubega, G.; Visan, I. [University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest Magurele, POB MG-11, R-76900 (Romania)

    2015-01-15

    The available experimental Y(A,TKE) data for {sup 236,238,240,242,244}Pu(SF) together with the Zp model prescription with appropriate parameters allows the investigation of even–odd effects in fragment distributions. The size of the global even–odd effect in Y(Z) is decreasing from {sup 244}Pu(SF) to {sup 236}Pu(SF) confirming the general observation of a decrease of the even–odd effect with the fissility parameter. Charge polarizations (ΔZ) and root-mean squares (rms) as a function of A of {sup 236–244}Pu(SF) were obtained for the first time. In the asymmetric fission region both ΔZ(A) and rms(A) exhibit oscillations with a periodicity of about 5 mass units due to the even–odd effects. The total average charge deviations 〈ΔZ〉 (obtained by averaging ΔZ(A) over the experimental Y(A) distribution) are of about |0.5| for all studied Pu(SF) systems. The comparison of the calculated ΔZ(A) and rms(A) of {sup 240}Pu(SF) with those of {sup 239}Pu(n{sub th},f) reported by Wahl shows an in-phase oscillation with a higher amplitude in the case of {sup 240}Pu(SF), confirming the higher even–odd effect in the case of SF. As in the previously studied cases ({sup 233,235}U(n{sub th},f), {sup 239}Pu(n{sub th},f), {sup 252}Cf(SF)) the even–odd effects in the prompt emission of {sup 236–244}Pu(SF) are mainly due to the Z even–odd effects in fragment distributions and charge polarizations and the N even–odd effects in the average neutron separation energies from fragments 〈Sn〉. The size of the global N even–odd effect in 〈Sn〉 is decreasing with the fissility parameter, being higher for the Pu(SF) systems compared to the previously studied systems. The prompt neutron multiplicities as a function of Z, ν(Z), exhibit sawtooth shapes with a visible staggering for asymmetric fragmentations. The size of the global Z even–odd effect in ν(Z) exhibits a decreasing trend with increasing fissility. The average prompt neutron multiplicities as a

  7. DETERMINATION OF 237NP AND PU ISOTOPES IN LARGE SOIL SAMPLES BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    Maxwell, S.

    2010-07-26

    A new method for the determination of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes in large soil samples has been developed that provides enhanced uranium removal to facilitate assay by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This method allows rapid preconcentration and separation of plutonium and neptunium in large soil samples for the measurement of {sup 237}Np and Pu isotopes by ICP-MS. {sup 238}U can interfere with {sup 239}Pu measurement by ICP-MS as {sup 238}UH{sup +} mass overlap and {sup 237}Np via {sup 238}U peak tailing. The method provides enhanced removal of uranium by separating Pu and Np initially on TEVA Resin, then transferring Pu to DGA resin for additional purification. The decontamination factor for removal of uranium from plutonium for this method is greater than 1 x 10{sup 6}. Alpha spectrometry can also be applied so that the shorter-lived {sup 238}Pu isotope can be measured successfully. {sup 239}Pu, {sup 242}Pu and {sup 237}Np were measured by ICP-MS, while {sup 236}Pu and {sup 238}Pu were measured by alpha spectrometry.

  8. Calibration of 242 Pu Tracer by Mass Spectrometry%质谱法标定242 Pu指示剂

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    李冬梅; 徐江; 杜丽丽

    2014-01-01

    将高纯242 Pu浓度标准溶液与239 Pu混合,质谱法测量R239/242(A)先标定四水硫酸钚中239 Pu的浓度;再将四水硫酸钚与待标定的242 Pu指示剂混合,测量R239/242(A),标定242 Pu 指示剂的浓度。质谱测量还可标定得到242 Pu指示剂中的钚同位素丰度。采用两次同位素稀释质谱法标定242 Pu 指示剂快捷简便,可在2日内完成。测量精度高,242 Pu浓度的相对合成标准不确定度为0.75%,该指示剂可满足高精度分析工作的需求。%242 Pu is commonly employed as tracer for determination of 239 Pu in environmental samples.The 239 Pu concentration in Pu(SO4 )2 ·4H2 O solution was determined by isotope dilution-mass spectrometry (ID-MS)using a high pure 242 Pu spike.Then the 242 Pu tracer in our laboratary was calibrated by ID-MS using the calibrated 239 Pu solution as spike.By meas-uring the atom ratio of 239 Pu to 242 Pu twice by ID-MS,the concentration and abundance of the 242 Pu tracer in laboratary were finally calibrated.This method was proved to be efficient with high precision.The process could be finished within two days with an uncertainty of 0.75%. The calibrated 242 Pu tracer in laboratory could meet the demand of high-precision analysis.

  9. Disagregation of (U, Pu)O2 fuels in molten sodium nitrate and oxides system

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    An oxidation process based on the use of an alkali-nitrate melt has been considered as a possible head end step for the reprocessing of FBR spent fuels. The total alkali solubility in the nitrate melt was examined. It is influenced by the temperature. At 500 degC the alkali solubility in the sodium nitrate melt is about 17 mol %. Examining solidified mixture of sodium and nitrate or sodium oxides and nitrite by X-ray diffraction has revealed five unknown lattices. NaNO3.xNa2O2 is cubic (a=8.71A), NaNO2.xNa2O2 is tetragonal (a=5.939A, c=9.997A), NaNO2.xNa2O is cubic (a=10.586A). The structure of NaNO3.xNa2O and NaNO3.xNaO2 could not be determined. The solubility of barium and ruthenium was briefly investigated. The reaction (U,Pu)O2 with the alkaline sodium nitrate melt proceeds along the grain boundaries of the solid solution. Two steps have been recognized. First (U,Pu)O2 is oxidized to (U,Pu)Osub(2+x) and in a subsequent step (U,Pu)Osub(2+x) reacts with sodium peroxide to form (U,Pu)2O5.xNa2O2. Disaggregation efficiency is a function of temperature, alkali concentration and physical properties of the pellets. High temperature and low alkali concentration lead to high efficiency. The structure of the reaction products (U,Pu)O2 with alkaline NaNO3 melt was shown to depend mainly on the alkali concentration. As the alkali concentration is lower than 2 mole % (U,Pu)2O5. Na2O2 is the dominate phase. (U,Pu)2O5.3Na2O2 corresponds to 6 mole % and over 11 mole % alkali, (U,Pu)2O5.xNa2O2 becomes the main product. The solubility of the fuel (U,Pu) in the alkali sodium nitrate melt increases with the alkali concentration up to 6000-8000 ppm for uranium and 1200-1700 ppm for plutonium at 500 degC with only 5 mole % alkali. As a result of high losses of fissile material in the salt bath molten salt process must regarded as uneligible for a general head end step in fuel reprocessing. Nevertheless its application can still be considered for treatment of insoluble fraction of

  10. Concordant 241Pu-241Am Dating of Environmental Samples: Results from Forest Fire Ash

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    Goldstein, S. J.; Oldham, W. J.; Murrell, M. T.; Katzman, D.

    2010-12-01

    We have measured the Pu, 237Np, 241Am, and 151Sm isotopic systematics for a set of forest fire ash samples from various locations in the western U.S. including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and New Mexico. The goal of this study is to develop a concordant 241Pu (t1/2 = 14.4 y)-241Am dating method for environmental collections. Environmental samples often contain mixtures of components including global fallout. There are a number of approaches for subtracting the global fallout component for such samples. One approach is to use 242Pu/239Pu as a normalizing isotope ratio in a three-isotope plot, where this ratio for the non-global fallout component can be estimated or assumed to be small. This study investigates a new, complementary method of normalization using the long-lived fission product, 151Sm (t1/2 = 90 y). We find that forest fire ash concentrates actinides and fission products with ~1E10 atoms 239Pu/g and ~1E8 atoms 151Sm/g, allowing us to measure these nuclides by mass spectrometric (MIC-TIMS) and radiometric (liquid scintillation counting) methods. The forest fire ash samples are characterized by a western U.S. regional isotopic signature representing varying mixtures of global fallout with a local component from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Our results also show that 151Sm is well correlated with the Pu nuclides in the forest fire ash, suggesting that these nuclides have similar geochemical behavior in the environment. Results of this correlation indicate that the 151Sm/239Pu atom ratio for global fallout is ~0.164, in agreement with an independent estimate of 0.165 based on 137Cs fission yields for atmospheric weapons tests at the NTS. 241Pu-241Am dating of the non-global fallout component in the forest fire ash samples yield ages in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s, consistent with a peak in NTS weapons testing at that time. The age results for this component are in agreement using both 242Pu and 151Sm normalizations

  11. Chemically selective polymer substrate based direct isotope dilution alpha spectrometry of Pu

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    Highlights: • Membrane based alpha spectrometry was developed for plutonium. • A thin bifunctional layer was grafted on a porous membrane. • UV method used for grafting is simple and highly reproducible. • This method does not require preconcentration and source preparation steps. • Isotope dilution was used to enhance analytical performance. - Abstract: Quantification of actinides in the complex environmental, biological, process and waste streams samples requires multiple steps like selective preconcentration and matrix elimination, solid source preparations generally by evaporation or electrodeposition, and finally alpha spectrometry. To minimize the sample manipulation steps, a membrane based isotope dilution alpha spectrometry method was developed for the determination of plutonium concentrations in the complex aqueous solutions. The advantages of this method are that it is Pu(IV) selective at 3 M HNO3, high preconcentration factor can be achieved, and obviates the need of solid source preparation. For this, a thin phosphate–sulfate bifunctional polymer layer was anchored on the surface of microporous poly(ethersulfone) membrane by UV induced surface grafting. The thickness of the bifunctional layer on one surface of the poly(ethersulfone) membrane was optimized. The thickness, physical and chemical structures of the bifunctional layer were studied by secondary ionization mass spectrometry (SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SEM–EDS (energy-dispersive spectroscopy). The optimized membrane was used for preconcentration of Pu(IV) from aqueous solutions having 3–4 M HNO3, followed by direct quantification of the preconcentrated Pu(IV) by isotope dilution alpha spectrometry using 238Pu spike. The chemical recovery efficiency of Pu(IV) was found to be 86 ± 3% below Pu(IV) loading capacity (1.08 μg in 2 × 1 cm2) of the membrane sample. The experiments with single representative actinides indicated that Am(III) did not sorb to

  12. Chemically selective polymer substrate based direct isotope dilution alpha spectrometry of Pu.

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    Paul, Sumana; Pandey, Ashok K; Shah, R V; Aggarwal, S K

    2015-06-01

    Quantification of actinides in the complex environmental, biological, process and waste streams samples requires multiple steps like selective preconcentration and matrix elimination, solid source preparations generally by evaporation or electrodeposition, and finally alpha spectrometry. To minimize the sample manipulation steps, a membrane based isotope dilution alpha spectrometry method was developed for the determination of plutonium concentrations in the complex aqueous solutions. The advantages of this method are that it is Pu(IV) selective at 3M HNO3, high preconcentration factor can be achieved, and obviates the need of solid source preparation. For this, a thin phosphate-sulfate bifunctional polymer layer was anchored on the surface of microporous poly(ethersulfone) membrane by UV induced surface grafting. The thickness of the bifunctional layer on one surface of the poly(ethersulfone) membrane was optimized. The thickness, physical and chemical structures of the bifunctional layer were studied by secondary ionization mass spectrometry (SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SEM-EDS (energy-dispersive spectroscopy). The optimized membrane was used for preconcentration of Pu(IV) from aqueous solutions having 3-4M HNO3, followed by direct quantification of the preconcentrated Pu(IV) by isotope dilution alpha spectrometry using (238)Pu spike. The chemical recovery efficiency of Pu(IV) was found to be 86±3% below Pu(IV) loading capacity (1.08 μg in 2×1 cm(2)) of the membrane sample. The experiments with single representative actinides indicated that Am(III) did not sorb to significant extent (7%) but U(VI) sorbed with 78±3% efficiency from the solutions having 3M HNO3 concentration. However, Pu(IV) chemical recovery in the membrane remained unaffected from the solution containing 1:1000 wt. proportion of Pu(IV) to U(VI). Pu concentrations in the (U, Pu)C samples and in the irradiated fuel dissolver solutions were determined. The results thus obtained

  13. Oxygen potential of (Pu, U)O2. 1. Oxygen potential measurement of UO2+X and (Pu0.3U0.7)O2-X

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    The ratio of oxygen to metal is one of important fuel specifications on UO2 and MOX fuels, because it effects on irradiation behavior. Oxygen potential of oxide fuels have been measured by various methods on the purpose of optimization of irradiation behavior and fabrication condition. In this report the oxygen potential of UO2+X and (Pu0.3U0.7)O2-X was measured by thermal gravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). Measurements of oxygen potential were carried out at 800degC, 1000degC and 1200degC in Ar/H2/H2O mixture gas flow. Ratio of O/M was obtained from the weight change of the sample according to the partial oxygen pressure that was controlled by H2/H2O ratio in atmosphere. The partial oxygen pressure in atmosphere was measured by stabilized zirconia oxygen sensor. The experimental results agree approximately to the other works. Thermodynamic data, ΔGo-bar2, ΔHo-bar2, ΔSo-bar2, were evaluated from the experimental data. The oxygen potential of UO2+X, (Pu, U)O2±X and PuO2-X was modeled by lattice defect theory using the data of the literature and this work. The resulting equation well reproduce the large amount of oxygen potential-temperature-composition data for the Pu-U oxide system. (author)

  14. Measurement of the 240Pu/239Pu mass ratio using a transition-edge-sensor microcalorimeter for total decay energy spectroscopy.

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    Hoover, Andrew S; Bond, Evelyn M; Croce, Mark P; Holesinger, Terry G; Kunde, Gerd J; Rabin, Michael W; Wolfsberg, Laura E; Bennett, Douglas A; Hays-Wehle, James P; Schmidt, Dan R; Swetz, Daniel; Ullom, Joel N

    2015-04-01

    We have developed a new category of sensor for measurement of the (240)Pu/(239)Pu mass ratio from aqueous solution samples with advantages over existing methods. Aqueous solution plutonium samples were evaporated and encapsulated inside of a gold foil absorber, and a superconducting transition-edge-sensor microcalorimeter detector was used to measure the total reaction energy (Q-value) of nuclear decays via heat generated when the energy is thermalized. Since all of the decay energy is contained in the absorber, we measure a single spectral peak for each isotope, resulting in a simple spectral analysis problem with minimal peak overlap. We found that mechanical kneading of the absorber dramatically improves spectral quality by reducing the size of radioactive inclusions within the absorber to scales below 50 nm such that decay products primarily interact with atoms of the host material. Due to the low noise performance of the microcalorimeter detector, energy resolution values of 1 keV fwhm (full width at half-maximum) at 5.5 MeV have been achieved, an order of magnitude improvement over α-spectroscopy with conventional silicon detectors. We measured the (240)Pu/(239)Pu mass ratio of two samples and confirmed the results by comparison to mass spectrometry values. These results have implications for future measurements of trace samples of nuclear material. PMID:25723106

  15. {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am levels in the terrestrial and aquatic environment of the Loire and Garonne rivers basins (France)

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    Rousseau, G.; Mokili, M.B.; Le Roy, C.; Pagano, V. [SUBATECH/IN2P3 (France); Gontier, G.; Boyer, C. [EDF-DPI-DIN-CIDEN (France); Chardon, P. [CNRS/IN2P3 (France); Hemidy, P.Y. [EDF-DPN-UNIE-GPRE-IEV (France)

    2014-07-01

    Plutonium and americium long-lived alpha emitter isotopes can be found in the environment because of atmospheric global fallout due to thermonuclear tests performed between 1945 and 1980, to the American SNAP 9A satellite explosion in 1964, to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident,... In France, the nuclear safety authority does not allow the release of artificial alpha emitters from nuclear power plants. Thus, monitoring is performed to verify the absence of these alpha emitters in liquid discharges to respect the limits set by the regulations. These thresholds ensure a very low dosimetric impact to the population compared to other radionuclides. With the objective of environmental monitoring around nuclear facilities, activity measurements of long-lived alpha emitters are carried out to detect the traces of these radionuclides. Analysis of low activity by alpha spectrometry after chemical steps were performed and used to determine the {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am activities on a large set of environmental solid samples likely to be encountered in environmental monitoring as soils, sediments, terrestrial and aquatic bio-indicators. The samples collected in the terrestrial and aquatic environment of the Loire and Garonne rivers basins (France) was investigated for the 2009-2014 period. It was found that the mean activity concentration of the most frequently detected was for the radionuclide {sup 238}Pu: from <0.00031 to 0.0061 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from <0.00086 to 0.011 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples; for the radionuclide {sup 239+240}Pu: from 0.00041 to 0.150 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from 0.0023 to 0.240 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples and for the radionuclide {sup 241}Am: from <0.00086 to 0.087 Bq/kg dry in terrestrial samples and from 0.0022 to 0.120 Bq/kg dry in aquatic samples. {sup 238}Pu/{sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 241}Am/{sup 239+240}Pu ratios determined are in accordance with an environmental contamination due to

  16. Dosimetry and response in rat pulmonary epithelium following inhalation of 239PuO2

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    The distribution of inhaled 239PuO2 and pathologic changes have been studied in the lung of rats. The clearance of inhaled 237239PuO2 from the lung is a function of the amount of deposited Pu with a decrease in early alveolar clearance with increasing lung burden. With increasing time post-exposure there is a greater concentration of PuO2 and an increased aggregation of PuO2 particles in subpleural regions of the lung. Fibrotic and metaplastic lesions in the lung were usually focal, being found in subpleural regions associated with aggregates of PuO2. An average of 12 +- 6 percent of the lung volume was fibrotic at 530 days after an initial alveolar deposition of 180 nCi 239Pu. Lung tumors occupied 4 +- 6 percent and epithelial metaplasias less than 1 percent of the lung volume at this time. Cell proliferation as assayed by tritiated thymidine autoradiography was greater in fibrotic, metaplastic and neoplastic regions than in areas of normal alveolar-bronchiolar epithelium. Turnover times ranged from about 6 days for fibrotic lesions to 1 to 3 days for metaplastic and neoplastic lesions. The lung tumor doubling times were 57 to 116 days due to tumor cell necrosis and other factors that limit tumor cell survival. Cell proliferation rates for adenomatous metaplasia were similar to those for adenocarcinoma while those for squamous cell metaplasia were similar to those for squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous lesions exhibited a more rapid growth than did adenomatous lesions

  17. Low-level inhaled-239PuO2 life-span studies in rats

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    This study determined the dose-response curve for lung tumor incidence in rats after inhalation of high-fired 239PuO2, which gave radiation doses to the lung of from ∼5 to >1000 rads. Exposed rats were given a single, nose-only, inhalation exposure to 169Yb-239PuO2 aerosol (AMAD, 1.6 +- 0.11 μm). The effective half-time for 169Yb in the lung was 14 days, whereas ∼76% of 239Pu was cleared with a half-time of 20 days and 24%, with a half-time of 180 days. Whole-body counting for 169Yb at 14 days after exposure was an accurate method for determining 239Pu IAD in individual rats, even at IAD's as low as 0.60 nCi of 239Pu. The 239Pu lung-clearance curve and an equation describing changes in lung weight with body weight and age were used to determine lung radiation doses. The IAD's of exposure groups were 0.60 +- 0.15 nCi of 239Pu (1000 rats), 0.98 +- 0.25 (531 rats), 2.4 +- 0.69 (209 rats), 5.7 +- 1.2 (98 rats), and 7.5 +- 2.0 to 150 +- 37 nCi (300 rats); corresponding radiation doses to the lung estimated at 3 years after exposure were 8.3, 14, 33, 79, and 100 to 2100 rads, respectively. 71 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs

  18. Minimum pickup velocity (U{sub pu}) of nanoparticles in gas–solid pneumatic conveying

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    Anantharaman, Aditya [Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Singapore); Ommen, J. Ruud van [Delft University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering (Netherlands); Chew, Jia Wei, E-mail: JChew@ntu.edu.sg [Nanyang Technological University, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Singapore)

    2015-12-15

    This paper is the first systematic study of the pneumatic conveying of nanoparticles. The minimum pickup velocity, U{sub pu}, of six nanoparticle species of different materials [i.e., silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}), aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), and titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2})] and surfaces (i.e., apolar and polar) was determined by the weight loss method. Results show that (1) due to relative lack of hydrogen bonding, apolar nanoparticles had higher mass loss values at the same velocities, mass loss curves with accentuated S-shaped profiles, and lower U{sub pu} values, (2) among the three species, SiO{sub 2}, which has the lowest Hamaker coefficient, exhibited the greatest discrepancy between apolar and polar surfaces with respect to both mass loss curves and U{sub pu} values, (3) U{sub mf,polar}/U{sub mf,apolar} was between 1 and 3.5 times that of U{sub pu,polar}/U{sub pu,apolar} due to greater extents of hydrogen bonding associated with U{sub mf}, (4) U{sub pu} values were at least an order-of-magnitude lower than that expected from the well-acknowledged U{sub pu} correlation (Kalman et al., Powder Technol 160:103–113, 2005) due to agglomeration, (5) although nanoparticles should be categorized as Zone III (Kalman et al. 2005) (or Geldart group C, Powder Technol 7:285–292, 1973), the nanoparticles, and primary and complex agglomerates agreed more with the Zone I (or Geldart group B) correlation.

  19. Development of prototype induced-fission-based Pu accountancy instrument for safeguards applications.

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    Seo, Hee; Lee, Seung Kyu; An, Su Jung; Park, Se-Hwan; Ku, Jeong-Hoe; Menlove, Howard O; Rael, Carlos D; LaFleur, Adrienne M; Browne, Michael C

    2016-09-01

    Prototype safeguards instrument for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) of uranium/transuranic (U/TRU) products that could be produced in a future advanced PWR fuel processing facility has been developed and characterized. This is a new, hybrid neutron measurement system based on fast neutron energy multiplication (FNEM) and passive neutron albedo reactivity (PNAR) methods. The FNEM method is sensitive to the induced fission rate by fast neutrons, while the PNAR method is sensitive to the induced fission rate by thermal neutrons in the sample to be measured. The induced fission rate is proportional to the total amount of fissile material, especially plutonium (Pu), in the U/TRU product; hence, the Pu amount can be calibrated as a function of the induced fission rate, which can be measured using either the FNEM or PNAR method. In the present study, the prototype system was built using six (3)He tubes, and its performance was evaluated for various detector parameters including high-voltage (HV) plateau, efficiency profiles, dead time, and stability. The system's capability to measure the difference in the average neutron energy for the FNEM signature also was evaluated, using AmLi, PuBe, (252)Cf, as well as four Pu-oxide sources each with a different impurity (Al, F, Mg, and B) and producing (α,n) neutrons with different average energies. Future work will measure the hybrid signature (i.e., FNEM×PNAR) for a Pu source with an external interrogating neutron source after enlarging the cavity size of the prototype system to accommodate a large-size Pu source (~600g Pu).

  20. Goethite colloid enhanced Pu transport through a single saturated fracture in granite.

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    Lin, Jianfeng; Dang, Haijun; Xie, Jinchuan; Li, Mei; Zhou, Guoqing; Zhang, Jihong; Zhang, Haitao; Yi, Xiaowei

    2014-08-01

    α-FeOOH, a stable iron oxide in nature, can strongly absorb the low-solubility plutonium (Pu) in aquifers. However, whether Pu transports though a single saturated fracture can be enhanced in the presence of α-FeOOH colloids remains unknown. Experimental studies were carried out to evaluate Pu mobilization at different water flow velocity, as affected by goethite colloids with various concentrations. Goethite nanorods were used to prepare (α-FeOOH)-associated Pu suspensions with α-FeOOH concentration of (0-150) mgL(-1). The work experimentally evidenced that α-FeOOH colloid does enhance transport of Pu through fractured granites. The fraction of mobile (239)Pu (RPu, m=41.5%) associated with the α-FeOOH of an extremely low colloid concentration (0.2mgL(-1)) is much larger than that in absence of α-FeOOH (RPu, m=6.98%). However, plutonium mobility began to decrease when α-FeOOH concentration was increased to 1.0mgL(-1). On the other hand, the fraction of mobile Pu increased gradually with the water flow velocity. Based on the experimental data, the mechanisms underlying the (α-FeOOH)-associated plutonium transport are comprehensively discussed in view of its dynamic deposition onto the granite surfaces, which is decided mainly by the relative interaction between the colloid particle and the immobile surface. This interaction is a balance of electrostatic force (may be repulsive or attractive), the van der Walls force, and the shear stress of flow.

  1. Development of prototype induced-fission-based Pu accountancy instrument for safeguards applications.

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    Seo, Hee; Lee, Seung Kyu; An, Su Jung; Park, Se-Hwan; Ku, Jeong-Hoe; Menlove, Howard O; Rael, Carlos D; LaFleur, Adrienne M; Browne, Michael C

    2016-09-01

    Prototype safeguards instrument for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) of uranium/transuranic (U/TRU) products that could be produced in a future advanced PWR fuel processing facility has been developed and characterized. This is a new, hybrid neutron measurement system based on fast neutron energy multiplication (FNEM) and passive neutron albedo reactivity (PNAR) methods. The FNEM method is sensitive to the induced fission rate by fast neutrons, while the PNAR method is sensitive to the induced fission rate by thermal neutrons in the sample to be measured. The induced fission rate is proportional to the total amount of fissile material, especially plutonium (Pu), in the U/TRU product; hence, the Pu amount can be calibrated as a function of the induced fission rate, which can be measured using either the FNEM or PNAR method. In the present study, the prototype system was built using six (3)He tubes, and its performance was evaluated for various detector parameters including high-voltage (HV) plateau, efficiency profiles, dead time, and stability. The system's capability to measure the difference in the average neutron energy for the FNEM signature also was evaluated, using AmLi, PuBe, (252)Cf, as well as four Pu-oxide sources each with a different impurity (Al, F, Mg, and B) and producing (α,n) neutrons with different average energies. Future work will measure the hybrid signature (i.e., FNEM×PNAR) for a Pu source with an external interrogating neutron source after enlarging the cavity size of the prototype system to accommodate a large-size Pu source (~600g Pu). PMID:27337652

  2. The plutonium-oxygen phase diagram in the 25-900 °C range: Non-existence of the PuO1.515 phase

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    Haschke, John M.; Dinh, Long N.; McLean, William

    2015-03-01

    Evaluation of data for phases formed in the Pu-O system at temperatures below 900 °C shows that the observed oxides are not at equilibrium. Results are consistent with coexistence of a hexagonal solid solution (hex-PuO1.5+z, 0 ⩽ z ⩽ 0.010) and a cubic phase (cub-PuO1.60) in equilibrium at 800 °C, but fail to confirm that the O/Pu ratio of the body-centered-cubic (bcc) oxide formed near the sesquioxide composition is 1.515 (1.52) or that bcc-PuO1.515 is formed by the peritectic reaction of hex-PuO1.510 with cub-PuO1.60. Stable Pu(IV)/Pu(III) ratios observed for products of the Pu-H2O reaction correspond to members of the PunO2n-2 homologous series, but a product is not formed at O/Pu = 1.515. Metastable bcc-PuO1.50 (n = 4) and stable hex-PuO1.5+z coexist below 285 °C, the point at which reversible eutectic decomposition of cubic PuO1.60 (n = 5) produces a non-equilibrium mixture of bcc-PuO1.50 and sub-stoichiometric dioxide (PuO2-y). Transformation of bcc-PuO1.50 to stable hex-PuO1.50 and reactions of the hexagonal oxide to form higher-composition cubic phases are kinetically hindered. An alternative diagram describing non-equilibrium chemical behavior of the Pu-O system is presented.

  3. Exchange reactions of plutonium with silicides and estimation of the enthalpy of the formation of Pu5Si3

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    An approximate ΔHof,298 value has been determined for Pu5Si3 through a study of exchange reactions of selected metal silicides with plutonium. The reactions were carried out by arc-melting. Results show that Pu5Si3 is intermediate in stability between V3Si and Mo3Si, and has a ΔHof,298 of -52±13 kJ/g-atom. Estimates of ΔHof,298 for the higher plutonium silicides are: Pu3Si2 -54, PuSi -60, Pu3Si5 -58, and PuSi2 -56 kJ/g-atom with uncertainties of ±18 kJ/g-atom. The plutonium silicides are found to be more stable than both the thorium and uranium silicides. (orig.)

  4. Hematological responses after inhaling {sup 238}PuO{sub 2}: An extrapolation from beagle dogs to humans

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    Scott, B.R.; Muggenburg, B.A.; Welsh, C.A.; Angerstein, D.A.

    1994-11-01

    The alpha emitter plutonium-238 ({sup 238}Pu), which is produced in uranium-fueled, light-water reactors, is used as a thermoelectric power source for space applications. Inhalation of a mixed oxide form of Pu is the most likely mode of exposure of workers and the general public. Occupational exposures to {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} have occurred in association with the fabrication of radioisotope thermoelectric generators. Organs and tissue at risk for deterministic and stochastic effects of {sup 238}Pu-alpha irradiation include the lung, liver, skeleton, and lymphatic tissue. Little has been reported about the effects of inhaled {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} on peripheral blood cell counts in humans. The purpose of this study was to investigate hematological responses after a single inhalation exposure of Beagle dogs to alpha-emitting {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} particles and to extrapolate results to humans.

  5. Stability constants important to the understanding of plutonium in environmental waters, hydroxy and carbonate complexation of PuO2+

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    The formation constants for the reactions PuO2+ + H2O = PuO2(OH) + H+ and PuO2+ + CO32 = PuO2(CO3)- were determined in aqueous sodium perchlorate solutions by laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy. The molar absorptivity of the PuO2+ band at 569 nm decreased with increasing hydroxide concentration. Similarly, spectral changes occurred between 540 and 580 nm as the carbonate concentration was increased. The absorption data were analyzed by the non-linear least-squares program SQUAD to yield complexation constants. Using the specific ion interaction theory, both complexation constants were extrapolated to zero ionic strength. These thermodynamic complexation constants were combined with the oxidation-reduction potentials of Pu to obtain Eh versus pH diagrams. 120 refs., 35 figs., 12 tabs

  6. Source term identification of environmental radioactive Pu/U particles by their characterization with non-destructive spectrochemical analytical techniques

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    Eriksson, M.; Osán, J.; Jernström, J.; Wegrzynek, D.; Simon, R.; Chinea-Cano, E.; Markowicz, A.; Bamford, S.; Tamborini, G.; Török, S.; Falkenberg, G.; Alsecz, A.; Dahlgaard, H.; Wobrauschek, P.; Streli, C.; Zoeger, N.; Betti, M.

    2005-04-01

    Six radioactive particles stemming from Thule area (NW-Greenland) were investigated by gamma-ray and L X-ray spectrometry based on radioactive disintegration, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, synchrotron radiation based techniques as microscopic X-ray fluorescence, microscopic X-ray absorption near-edge structure (μ-XANES) as well as combined X-ray absorption and fluorescence microtomography. Additionally, one particle from Mururoa atoll was examined by microtomography. From the results obtained, it was found out that the U and Pu were mixed in the particles. The U/Pu intensity ratios in the Thule particles varied between 0.05 and 0.36. The results from the microtomography showed that U/Pu ratio was not homogeneously distributed. The 241Am/ 238 + 239 + 240 Pu activity ratios varied between 0.13 and 0.17, indicating that the particles originate from different source terms. The oxidation states of U and Pu as determined by μ-XANES showed that U(IV) is the preponderant species and for Pu, two types of particles could be evidenced. One set had about 90% Pu(IV) while in the other the ratio Pu(IV)/Pu(VI) was about one third.

  7. {\\alpha}-accompanied cold ternary fission of $^{238-244}$Pu isotopes in equatorial and collinear configuration

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    Santhosh, K P; Priyanka, B

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    The cold ternary fission of $^{238}$Pu, $^{240}$Pu, $^{242}$Pu and $^{244}$Pu isotopes, with $^{4}$He as light charged particle, in equatorial and collinear configuration has been studied within the Unified ternary fission model (UTFM). The fragment combination $^{100}$Zr+$^{4}$He+$^{134}$Te possessing the near doubly magic nuclei $^{134}$Te (N=82, Z=52) gives the highest yield in the alpha accompanied ternary fission of $^{238}$Pu. For the alpha accompanied ternary fission of $^{240}$Pu, $^{242}$Pu and $^{244}$Pu isotopes, the highest yield was found for the fragment combination with doubly magic nuclei $^{132}$Sn (N=82, Z=50) as the heavier fragment. The deformation and orientation of fragments have also been taken into account for the alpha accompanied ternary fission of $^{238-244}$Pu isotopes, and it has been found that in addition to closed shell effect, ground state deformation also plays an important role in determining the isotopic yield in the ternary fission process. The emission probability and ki...

  8. Distribution and source of (129)I, (239)(,240)Pu, (137)Cs in the environment of Lithuania.

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    Ežerinskis, Ž; Hou, X L; Druteikienė, R; Puzas, A; Šapolaitė, J; Gvozdaitė, R; Gudelis, A; Buivydas, Š; Remeikis, V

    2016-01-01

    Fifty five soil samples collected in the Lithuania teritory in 2011 and 2012 were analyzed for (129)I, (137)Cs and Pu isotopes in order to investigate the level and distribution of artificial radioactivity in Lithuania. The activity and atomic ratio of (238)Pu/((239,24)0)Pu, (129)I/(127)I and (131)I/(137)Cs were used to identify the origin of these radionuclides. The (238)Pu/(239+240)Pu and (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios in the soil samples analyzed varied in the range of 0.02-0.18 and 0.18-0.24, respectively, suggesting the global fallout as the major source of Pu in Lithuania. The values of 10(-9) to 10(-6) for (129)I/(127)I atomic ratio revealed that the source of (129)I in Lithuania is global fallout in most cases though several sampling sites shows a possible impact of reprocessing releases. Estimated (129)I/(131)I ratio in soil samples from the southern part of Lithuania shows negligible input of the Chernobyl fallout. No correlation of the (137)Cs and Pu isotopes with (129)I was observed, indicating their different sources terms. Results demonstrate uneven distribution of these radionuclides in the Lithuanian territory and several sources of contamination i.e. Chernobyl accident, reprocessing releases and global fallout. PMID:26476410

  9. Thermal expansion measurement of (U,Pu)O2-x in oxygen partial pressure-controlled atmosphere

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    Kato, Masato; Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Sunaoshi, Takeo; Nelson, Andrew T.; McClellan, Kenneth J.

    2016-02-01

    Thermal expansion of U0.7Pu0.3O2-x (x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03) and U0.52Pu0.48O2.00 was investigated by a unique dilatometry which measured in an oxygen partial pressure-controlled atmosphere. The oxygen partial pressure was controlled to hold a constant oxygen-to-metal ratio in the (U,Pu)O2-x during the measurement. Thermal expansion slightly increased with the decrease in oxygen-to-metal ratio. We proposed a relationship to describe thermal expansion as a function of temperature, O/M and Pu content.

  10. Reduction of Pu(VI) on Fe surfaces: soft x-ray absorption and resonant inelastic scattering study

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    Butorin, S.M.; Kvashnina, K.O.; Modin, A.; Nordgren, J. (Dept. of Physics and Materials Science, Uppsala Univ., Uppsala (Sweden)); Guo, J.H. (Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States)); Shuh, D.K. (Chemical Science Div., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States)); Werme, L. (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden))

    2009-03-15

    Based on analysis of spectral shapes, their dependence on the energy of incident photons and comparison with model calculations and experimental data from the reference sample we can conclude that plutonium from the Pu(VI) solution sorbed on Fe surfaces is likely to be reduced and Pu species sorbed on the Fe foils are mainly in the form of Pu (IV). Current results correlate with what was observed for for Np (V) and U (VI) in our previous studies. Furthermore, combined analysis of present data with model atomic multiplet calculations of RIXS and XAS spectra suggests that significant presence of Pu(III) on the Fe foils is unlikely

  11. Determination of 241Pu in nuclear waste slurries: a comparative study using LSC and ICP-MS.

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    Jäggi, M; Röllin, S; Alvarado, J A Corcho; Eikenberg, J

    2012-02-01

    (241)Pu was determined in slurry samples from a nuclear reactor decommissioning project at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland). To validate the results, the (241)Pu activities of five samples were determined by LSC (TriCarb and Quantulus) and ICP-MS, with each instrument at a different laboratory. In lack of certified reference materials for (241)Pu, the methods were further validated using the (241)Pu information values of two reference sediments (IAEA-300 and IAEA-384). Excellent agreement with the results was found between LSC and ICP-MS in the nuclear waste slurries and the reference sediments.

  12. Distribution and source of 129I, 239,240Pu, 137Cs in the environment of Lithuania

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    Ezerinskis, Z.; Hou, Xiaolin; Druteikiene, R.;

    2016-01-01

    Fifty five soil samples collected in the Lithuania teritory in 2011 and 2012 were analyzed for 129I, 137Cs and Pu isotopes in order to investigate the level and distribution of artificial radioactivity in Lithuania. The activity and atomic ratio of 238Pu/239,240Pu, 129I/127I and 131I/137Cs were...... used to identify the origin of these radionuclides. The 238Pu/239þ240Pu and 240Pu/239Pu ratios in the soil samples analyzed varied in the range of 0.02e0.18 and 0.18e0.24, respectively, suggesting the global fallout as the major source of Pu in Lithuania. The values of 109 to 106 for 129I/127I atomic....... No correlation of the 137Cs and Pu isotopes with 129I was observed, indicating their different sources terms. Results demonstrate uneven distribution of these radionuclides in the Lithuanian territory and several sources of contamination i.e. Chernobyl accident, reprocessing releases and global fallout....

  13. Distribution and source of (129)I, (239)(,240)Pu, (137)Cs in the environment of Lithuania.

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    Ežerinskis, Ž; Hou, X L; Druteikienė, R; Puzas, A; Šapolaitė, J; Gvozdaitė, R; Gudelis, A; Buivydas, Š; Remeikis, V

    2016-01-01

    Fifty five soil samples collected in the Lithuania teritory in 2011 and 2012 were analyzed for (129)I, (137)Cs and Pu isotopes in order to investigate the level and distribution of artificial radioactivity in Lithuania. The activity and atomic ratio of (238)Pu/((239,24)0)Pu, (129)I/(127)I and (131)I/(137)Cs were used to identify the origin of these radionuclides. The (238)Pu/(239+240)Pu and (240)Pu/(239)Pu ratios in the soil samples analyzed varied in the range of 0.02-0.18 and 0.18-0.24, respectively, suggesting the global fallout as the major source of Pu in Lithuania. The values of 10(-9) to 10(-6) for (129)I/(127)I atomic ratio revealed that the source of (129)I in Lithuania is global fallout in most cases though several sampling sites shows a possible impact of reprocessing releases. Estimated (129)I/(131)I ratio in soil samples from the southern part of Lithuania shows negligible input of the Chernobyl fallout. No correlation of the (137)Cs and Pu isotopes with (129)I was observed, indicating their different sources terms. Results demonstrate uneven distribution of these radionuclides in the Lithuanian territory and several sources of contamination i.e. Chernobyl accident, reprocessing releases and global fallout.

  14. The differentiation effect of low-dose cytosine arabinoside is disturbed in PU.1-knockdown K562 cells.

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    Nakano, Hiroko; Yanagita, Akane; Takahashi, Shinichiro

    2014-07-01

    We recently demonstrated by using PU.1-knockdown K562 (K562 PU.1KD) cells stably expressing PU.1 short inhibitory RNAs and PU.1-overexpressing K562 (K562 PU.1OE) cells, that therapeutic concentrations of 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-azadC) induce erythroid differentiation of these cells and that the PU.1 expression level is closely associated with the differentiating and apoptotic effects of 5-azadC on K562 cells. In this study, we investigated whether the effects of low-dose cytosine arabinoside (Ara-C), which is another erythroid differentiation inducer in K562 cells, is associated with the expression level of PU.1 in these cells. As a result, we demonstrated that the effect of Ara-C on cell viability and differentiation, as determined by the WST-8 assay and β-globin mRNA expression analysis, respectively, was suppressed in K562 PU.1KD cells compared to their controls. Collectively, these findings suggest that sufficient expression of PU.1 is indispensable for the erythroid differentiation of K562 cells.

  15. The Runx-PU.1 pathway preserves normal and AML/ETO9a leukemic stem cells.

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    Staber, Philipp B; Zhang, Pu; Ye, Min; Welner, Robert S; Levantini, Elena; Di Ruscio, Annalisa; Ebralidze, Alexander K; Bach, Christian; Zhang, Hong; Zhang, Junyan; Vanura, Katrina; Delwel, Ruud; Yang, Henry; Huang, Gang; Tenen, Daniel G

    2014-10-01

    Runx transcription factors contribute to hematopoiesis and are frequently implicated in hematologic malignancies. All three Runx isoforms are expressed at the earliest stages of hematopoiesis; however, their function in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) is not fully elucidated. Here, we show that Runx factors are essential in HSCs by driving the expression of the hematopoietic transcription factor PU.1. Mechanistically, by using a knockin mouse model in which all three Runx binding sites in the -14kb enhancer of PU.1 are disrupted, we observed failure to form chromosomal interactions between the PU.1 enhancer and its proximal promoter. Consequently, decreased PU.1 levels resulted in diminished long-term HSC function through HSC exhaustion, which could be rescued by reintroducing a PU.1 transgene. Similarly, in a mouse model of AML/ETO9a leukemia, disrupting the Runx binding sites resulted in decreased PU.1 levels. Leukemia onset was delayed, and limiting dilution transplantation experiments demonstrated functional loss of leukemia-initiating cells. This is surprising, because low PU.1 levels have been considered a hallmark of AML/ETO leukemia, as indicated in mouse models and as shown here in samples from leukemic patients. Our data demonstrate that Runx-dependent PU.1 chromatin interaction and transcription of PU.1 are essential for both normal and leukemia stem cells.

  16. Plutonium {sup 241}Pu in tissues and organs of Cervidae from Northern Poland

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    Struminska-Parulska, Dagmara I.; Skwarzec, Bogdan [Gdansk Univ. (Poland). Dept. of Environmental Chemistry and Radiochemistry

    2015-07-01

    Livers, kidneys and muscles of large herbivorous animals: roe deer, red deer and fallow deer, collected in Northern Poland, were the subject of the investigation. The concentration of {sup 241}Pu ranged widely between 1.31 ± 0.28 and 214.5 ± 25.8 mBq kg{sup -1} ww and decreased in the order kidney > liver > muscle. The average values of the activity concentrations of {sup 241}Pu were 11.5 ± 1.8 mBq kg{sup -1} ww in muscles, 14.0 ± 2.25 mBq kg{sup -1} ww in liver and 85.5 ± 9.7 mBq kg{sup -1} ww in kidneys. As statistically checked the sampling location, sex, age and species of animals did not influence on plutonium concentrations of the analyzed samples. Only the organ type significantly influenced {sup 241}Pu content. The values of {sup 241}Pu/{sup 29+240}Pu activity ratio in analyzed samples ranged from 7.12 ± 2.15 to 99.3 ± 16.4 and the results showed the main source of plutonium in analyzed organs could be the Chernobyl accident.

  17. Plutonium 241Pu in tissues and organs of Cervidae from Northern Poland

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    Livers, kidneys and muscles of large herbivorous animals: roe deer, red deer and fallow deer, collected in Northern Poland, were the subject of the investigation. The concentration of 241Pu ranged widely between 1.31 ± 0.28 and 214.5 ± 25.8 mBq kg-1 ww and decreased in the order kidney > liver > muscle. The average values of the activity concentrations of 241Pu were 11.5 ± 1.8 mBq kg-1 ww in muscles, 14.0 ± 2.25 mBq kg-1 ww in liver and 85.5 ± 9.7 mBq kg-1 ww in kidneys. As statistically checked the sampling location, sex, age and species of animals did not influence on plutonium concentrations of the analyzed samples. Only the organ type significantly influenced 241Pu content. The values of 241Pu/29+240Pu activity ratio in analyzed samples ranged from 7.12 ± 2.15 to 99.3 ± 16.4 and the results showed the main source of plutonium in analyzed organs could be the Chernobyl accident.

  18. PROPERTIES AND BEHAVIOR OF 238PU RELEVANT TO DECONTAMINATION OF BUILDING 235-F

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    Duncan, A.; Kane, M.

    2009-11-24

    This report was prepared to document the physical, chemical and radiological properties of plutonium oxide materials that were processed in the Plutonium Fuel Form Facility (PuFF) in building 235-F at the Savannah River Plant (now known as the Savannah River Site) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. An understanding of these properties is needed to support current project planning for the safe and effective decontamination and deactivation (D&D) of PuFF. The PuFF mission was production of heat sources to power Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) used in space craft. The specification for the PuO{sub 2} used to fabricate the heat sources required that the isotopic content of the plutonium be 83 {+-} 1% Pu-238 due to its high decay heat of 0.57 W/g. The high specific activity of Pu-238 (17.1 Ci/g) due to alpha decay makes this material very difficult to manage. The production process produced micron-sized particles which proved difficult to contain during operations, creating personnel contamination concerns and resulting in the expenditure of significant resources to decontaminate spaces after loss of material containment. This report examines high {sup 238}Pu-content material properties relevant to the D&D of PuFF. These relevant properties are those that contribute to the mobility of the material. Physical properties which produce or maintain small particle size work to increase particle mobility. Early workers with {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} felt that, unlike most small particles, Pu-238 oxide particles would not naturally agglomerate to form larger, less mobile particles. It was thought that the heat generated by the particles would prevent water molecules from binding to the particle surface. Particles covered with bound water tend to agglomerate more easily. However, it is now understood that the self-heating effect is not sufficient to prevent adsorption of water on particle surfaces and thus would not prevent agglomeration of particles. Operational

  19. Resolving the Pu Electronic Structure Enigma: Past Lessons and Future Directions

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    Tobin, J G; Yu, S W; Chung, B W; Waddill, G D

    2008-05-30

    The nature of the 5f electronic structure of plutonium (Pu) remains unclear. [1] Despite many recent attempts to resolve the issue, a plethora of important unanswered questions remain. While many theoretical approaches to the problem have been promulgated, the real source of the difficulty is the absence of sufficient experimental benchmarking. This paucity of impact on the part of experimental results is driven in part by the difficulties of working with Pu: it is highly radioactive, biologically toxic, chemically reactive and restricted in its distribution and permitted access to user facilities. The results of these liabilities include the following: (1) it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get large single crystals of single phase samples and; (2) many state of the art experiments can not be done because general user facilities are not available for use with Pu samples. Additionally, there is the apparently bizarre nature of Pu, which seems to defeat the efforts to analyze it. A wonderful example of this is the absence of detailed and variant fine structure in many of the spectroscopic investigations of Pu.

  20. Migration of 239Pu in soluble and insoluble forms in soil

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    A field experiment study was performed at the rural site of South-East Lithuania. The main tasks of the study included an evaluation of the peculiarities of partition of 239Pu in soluble (239Pu(NO3)4, 239PuCl3) and insoluble (239PuO2) forms in soddy and forest soil horizons. The results of durable experiments (418 and 326 days) have shown that from 44.1% to 92.2% of 239Pu of investigated chemical forms were accumulated in the top (0-5 cm) soil layer. Some share (5.7-39.2%) of plutonium from studied chemical forms was found in the 5-20 cm layers of studied soil samples (columns). Obtained distribution of plutonium in soil layers may be attributed to the consideration that the migration rate to the soil depth for plutonium is 0.1-1.0 cm x y-1 but for some part of plutonium 10 times higher migration rate is characteristic as well. Plutonium transfer factor (TF) to the grassland plants was calculated, the values ranged from 10-2 to 10-1. (author)

  1. Determination of the half-life and specific thermal power of 241Pu by nuclear calorimetry

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    241Pu has the shortest half-life of the abundant plutonium isotopes present in reprocessed irradiated nuclear fuel with a value of approximately 14.3 years. It is important to know the half-life of 241Pu with a higher fractional accuracy than that of the other plutonium isotopes because the half-life of 241Pu and its associated uncertainty affects the estimation by decay calculation of both the total amount of separated plutonium in storage and the determination of the total plutonium mass by non-destructive assay. This paper addresses the determination of the 241Pu half-life using nuclear calorimetry by the measurement of the thermal power as 241Pu evolves in time from a sealed plutonium source, ideally initially rich in 241Pu and chemically stripped of 241Am. The absolute accuracy of nuclear calorimeters can be ensured over long periods of time (many years) using long-lived nuclear reference materials and/or traceable electrical heat standards. One can, therefore, expect nuclear calorimetry to offer an accurate way to determine the half-life of 241Pu, which is comparable in quality and independent, yet complementary, to other approaches. Temporal analysis of the power-versus-time data also yields an estimate of the specific power of 241Pu, which other methods do not. After describing the principle of the method and developing the pertinent mathematical expressions, we outline the approach by drawing on some unpublished notes of Kenneth C. Jordan who carried out such experiments at the Mound Laboratory over 40 years ago. Today, Jordan’s work remains possibly the most significant experiment of its type to the 241Pu nuclear data evaluator. However, objectively assigning confidence to his results is problematic because the details of the experiments and data reduction have never been adequately reported. This work goes some way to that end but, without the raw data and first-hand knowledge, cannot provide a complete record. We conclude that a new high

  2. Identifying and localizing network problems using the PuNDIT project

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    Batista, Jorge; Dovrolis, Constantine; Lee, Danny; McKee, Shawn

    2015-12-01

    In today's world of distributed collaborations of scientists, there are many challenges to providing effective infrastructures to couple these groups of scientists with their shared computing and storage resources. The Pythia Network Diagnostic InfrasTructure (PuNDIT[1]) project is integrating and scaling research tools and creating robust code suitable for operational needs addressing the difficult challenge of automating the detection and location of network problems.PuNDIT is building upon the de-facto standard perfSONAR[2] network measurement infrastructure deployed in Open Science Grid(OSG)[3] and the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid(WLCG)[4]to gather and analyze complex real-world network topologies coupled with their corresponding network metrics to identify possible signatures of network problems from a set of symptoms. The PuNDIT Team is working closely with the perfSONAR developers from ESnet and Internet2 to integrate PuNDIT components as part of the perfSONAR Toolkit. A primary goal for PuNDIT is to convert complex network metrics into easily understood diagnoses in an automated way. We will report on the project progress to-date in working with the OSG and WLCG communities, describe the current implementation including some initial results and discuss future plans and the project timeline.

  3. Design of BPM PU for Low-Beta Proton Beam Using Magic Code

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    Park, S J; Bae, Y S; Hwang, W H; Huang, J Y; Nam, S H

    2003-01-01

    We have designed the BPM PU based on capacitive buttons for use in the KOMAC (Korea Multi-purpose Accelerator Complex), the high-intensity proton linac that are under development at the KAERI (Korea Atomic Research Institute), Korea. The KOMAC is aiming to produce CW 20 mA beam current at the 100 MeV energy. We have chosen the button-type PU since it is easier to fabricate than other type PUs including the stripline, and it could provide enough signal power because of the high beam current. The PU sensitivity was calculated by the MAGIC that is a kind of the Particle-In-Cell code that originates from the plasma science community. The utilization of the MAGIC code is especially useful for BPM PUs in the low-beta sections of the accelerator, because it is difficult to obtain the PU sensitivity experimentally due to the difficulties in simulating the low-beta beams by the electromagnetic waves in a test bench. In this presentation, we report on the design of the BPM PU based on the MAGIC calculation.

  4. PuReMD-GPU: A reactive molecular dynamics simulation package for GPUs

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    Kylasa, S.B., E-mail: skylasa@purdue.edu [Department of Elec. and Comp. Eng., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Aktulga, H.M., E-mail: hmaktulga@lbl.gov [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd, MS 50F-1650, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Grama, A.Y., E-mail: ayg@cs.purdue.edu [Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    We present an efficient and highly accurate GP-GPU implementation of our community code, PuReMD, for reactive molecular dynamics simulations using the ReaxFF force field. PuReMD and its incorporation into LAMMPS (Reax/C) is used by a large number of research groups worldwide for simulating diverse systems ranging from biomembranes to explosives (RDX) at atomistic level of detail. The sub-femtosecond time-steps associated with ReaxFF strongly motivate significant improvements to per-timestep simulation time through effective use of GPUs. This paper presents, in detail, the design and implementation of PuReMD-GPU, which enables ReaxFF simulations on GPUs, as well as various performance optimization techniques we developed to obtain high performance on state-of-the-art hardware. Comprehensive experiments on model systems (bulk water and amorphous silica) are presented to quantify the performance improvements achieved by PuReMD-GPU and to verify its accuracy. In particular, our experiments show up to 16× improvement in runtime compared to our highly optimized CPU-only single-core ReaxFF implementation. PuReMD-GPU is a unique production code, and is currently available on request from the authors.

  5. DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL CALCULATIONS FOR Ce, Th, AND Pu METALS AND ALLOYS

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    Landa, A; Soderlind, P

    2004-04-05

    The phase diagrams of Ce, Th, and Pu metals have been studied by means of density-functional theory (DFT). In addition to these metals, the phase stability of Ce-Th and Pu-Am alloys has been also investigated from first-principles calculations. Equation-of-state (EOS) for Ce, Th, and the Ce-Th alloys has been calculated up to 1 Mbar pressure in good comparison to experimental data. Present calculations shows that the Ce-Th alloys adopt a body-centeredtetragonal (bct) structure upon hydrostatic compression that is in excellent agreement with measurements. The ambient pressure phase diagram of Pu is shown to be very poorly described by traditional DFT but rather well modeled when including magnetic interactions. In particular, the anomalous {var_sigma} phase of Pu is shown to be stabilized by magnetic disorder at elevated temperatures. The Pu-Am system has also been studied in a similar fashion and it is shown that this system, for about 25% Am content, becomes antiferromagnetic below about 400 K that corroborate the recent discovery of a Curie-Weiss behavior in this system.

  6. A comparison of fallout (236)U and (239)Pu uptake by Australian vegetation.

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    Froehlich, M B; Dietze, M M A; Tims, S G; Fifield, L K

    2016-01-01

    The isotopes (236)U and (239)Pu, both produced during nuclear weapons tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s, are present in the environment and may be used as tracers for soil erosion studies. Although these radionuclides occur only at ultra-trace levels in nature, they can be readily measured by accelerator mass spectrometry with the 14UD heavy ion accelerator at the Australian National University. We have analysed a series of vegetation samples for their (236)U and (239)Pu concentration and compared the results with those found in the surrounding soil. (236)U could be measured in all collected samples whereas (239)Pu could not be detected in several vegetation samples due to its very low concentration, although it was readily detectable in the soil. We find that, relative to plutonium, (236)U is preferentially taken up by plants with enrichment factors ((236)U/(239)Pu)veg/((236)U/(239)Pu)soil that range between 7 and 52 in the present study. PMID:26141188

  7. Designing of Multiphase Fly Ash/MWCNT/PU Composite Sheet Against Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution

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    Gujral, Parth; Varshney, Swati; Dhawan, S. K.

    2016-06-01

    Fly ash and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) reinforced multiphase polyurethane (PU) composite sheets have been fabricated by using a solution casting technique. Utilization of fly ash was the prime objective in order to reduce environmental pollution and to enhance the shielding properties of PU polymer. Our study proves that fly ash particles with MWCNTs in a PU matrix leads to novel hybrid high performance electromagnetic shielding interference material. Scanning electron microscopy confirms the existence of fly ash particles along with MWCNTs in a PU matrix. This multiphase composite shows total shielding effectiveness of 35.8 dB (>99.99% attenuation) in the Ku-band (12.4-18 GHz) frequency range. This is attributed to high dielectric losses of reinforcement present in the polymers matrix. The Nicolson-Ross-Weir algorithm has been applied to calculate the electromagnetic attributes and dielectric parameters of the PU samples by using scattering parameters ( S 11, S 22, S 12, S 21). The synthesized multiphase composites were further characterized by using x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermo gravimetric analysis.

  8. Stabilization of Rocky Flats Pu-contaminated ash within chemically bonded phosphate ceramics

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    A feasibility study was conducted on the use of chemically bonded phosphate ceramics for stabilization of combustion residue of high transuranic (TRU) wastes. Using a matrix of magnesium potassium phosphate formed by the room-temperature reaction of MgO and KH2PO4 solution, we made waste forms that contained 5 wt% Pu to satisfy the requirements of the waste isolation pilot plant. The waste forms were ceramics whose compression strength was twice that of conventional cement grout and whose connected porosity was ∝50% that of cement grout. Both surrogate and actual waste forms displayed high leaching resistance for both hazardous metals and Pu. Hydrogen generation resulting from the radiolytic decomposition of water and organic compounds present in the waste form did not appear to be a significant issue. Pu was present as PuO2 that was physically microencapsulated in the matrix. In the process, pyrophoricity was removed and leaching resistance was enhanced. The high leaching resistance was due to the very low solubility of PuO2 coupled with superior microencapsulation. As a result, the waste forms satisfied the current safeguard termination limit requirement for storage of TRU combustion residues. (orig.)

  9. Extension of 239+240Pu sediment geochronology to coarse-grained marine sediments

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    Kuehl, Steven A.; Ketterer, Michael E.; Miselis, Jennifer L.

    2012-01-01

    Sediment geochronology of coastal sedimentary environments dominated by sand has been extremely limited because concentrations of natural and bomb-fallout radionuclides are often below the limit of measurement using standard techniques. ICP-MS analyses of 239+240Pu from two sites representative of traditionally challenging (i.e., low concentration) environments provide a "proof of concept" and demonstrate a new application for bomb-fallout radiotracers in the study of sandy shelf-seabed dynamics. A kasten core from the New Zealand shelf in the Southern Hemisphere (low fallout), and a vibracore from the sandy nearshore of North Carolina (low particle surface area) both reveal measurable 239+240Pu activities at depth. In the case of the New Zealand site, independently verified steady-state sedimentation results in a 239+240Pu profile that mimics the expected atmospheric fallout. The depth profile of 239+240Pu in the North Carolina core is more uniform, indicating significant sediment resuspension, which would be expected in this energetic nearshore environment. This study, for the first time, demonstrates the utility of 239+240Pu in the study of sandy environments, significantly extending the application of bomb-fallout isotopes to coarse-grained sediments, which compose the majority of nearshore regions.

  10. Structure and phase stability of a Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy

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    Wheeler, D. W.; Ennaceur, S. M.; Matthews, M. B.; Roussel, P.; Bayer, P. D.

    2016-08-01

    In plutonium-gallium (Pu-Ga) alloys that have a Ga content of 0.3-0.4 wt%, their readiness to transform to α‧ renders them of particular interest in efforts to understand the tenuous nature of δ phase stability. The present study is a comprehensive examination of the structure and phase stability of a cast Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy, the Ga content being close to the minimum amount needed to retain the δ phase to ambient temperature. The alloy was characterised in both the as-cast condition as well as following a homogenising heat treatment. The 250-h heat treatment at 450 °C was shown to achieve an apparently stable δ-Pu phase. However, the stability of the δ-Pu phase was shown to be marginal: partial transformation to α‧-Pu was observed when the alloy was subjected to hydrostatic compression. Similar transformation was also apparent during metallographic preparation as well as during hardness indentation. The results provide new understanding of the nature of δ phase stability.

  11. Roles of RUNX1 and PU.1 in CCR3 Transcription.

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    Kong, Su-Kang; Kim, Byung Soo; Hwang, Sae Mi; Lee, Hyune Hwan; Chung, Il Yup

    2016-06-01

    CCR3 is a chemokine receptor that mediates the accumulation of allergic inflammatory cells, including eosinophils and Th2 cells, at inflamed sites. The regulatory sequence of the CCR3 gene, contains two Runt-related transcription factor (RUNX) 1 sites and two PU.1 sites, in addition to a functional GATA site for transactivation of the CCR3 gene. In the present study, we examined the effects of the cis-acting elements of RUNX1 and PU.1 on transcription of the gene in EoL-1 eosinophilic cells and Jurkat T cells, both of which expressed functional surface CCR3 and these two transcription factors. Introduction of RUNX1 siRNA or PU.1 siRNA resulted in a modest decrease in CCR3 reporter activity in both cell types, compared with transfection of GATA-1 siRNA. Cotransfection of the two siRNAs led to inhibition in an additive manner. EMSA analysis showed that RUNX1, in particular, bound to its binding motifs. Mutagenesis analysis revealed that all point mutants lacking RUNX1- and PU.1-binding sites exhibited reduced reporter activities. These results suggest that RUNX1 and PU.1 participate in transcriptional regulation of the CCR3 gene.

  12. DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL CALCULATIONS FOR Ce, Th, AND Pu METALS AND ALLOYS

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    A.Landa

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The phase diagrams of Ce, Th, and Pu metals have been studied by means of density-functional theory (DFT. In addition to these metals, the phase stability of Ce-Th and Pu-Am alloys has been also investigated from first-principles calculations. Equation-of-state (EOS for Ce, Th, and the Ce-Th alloys has been calculated up to 1 Mbar pressure in good comparison to experimental data. Present calculations show that the Ce-Th alloys adopt a body-centered-tetragonal (bct structure upon hydrostatic compression which is in excellent agreement with measurements. The ambient pressure phase diagram of Pu is shown to be very poorly described by traditional DFT but rather well modelled when including magnetic interactions. In particular, the anomalous δ phase of Pu is shown to be stabilized by magnetic disorder at elevated temperatures. The Pu-Am system has also been studied in a similar fashion and it is shown that this system, for about 25% Am content, becomes antiferromagnetic below about 400 K which corroborates the recent discovery of a Curie-Weiss behavior in this system.

  13. Comparison and modification of Pu-239 kinetics in young and adult rats

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    It is obvious that the biokinetics of bone-seeking radionuclides are influenced by skeletal growth and remodelling, the rate of which in general decreases with increasing age. For plutonium, Mahlum and Sikov (1974) observed that rats injected with Pu-239 as weanlings retained a lower percentage in the liver and more in the bones than the animals injected as adults. However, skeletal Pu-239 was diluted more rapidly in the young rats because of intensive new bone formation and this led to a more pronounced reduction in the accumulation of radiation dose than was the case in adult animals. The aim of the present experiments was to study: a) The age effect on Pu-239 biokinetics in adult rates as influenced by the sex of the animals. b) Early retention and distribution of Pu-239 in the bones of young and adult rats injected with an optimal osteosarcomogenic dose. c) The effectiveness of a delayed prolonged administration of Zn-DTPA in drinking water for the mobilization of injected Pu-239 in rats of various age. 3 refs.; 5 figs.; 1 table

  14. Simultaneous determination of radiocesium ((135)Cs, (137)Cs) and plutonium ((239)Pu, (240)Pu) isotopes in river suspended particles by ICP-MS/MS and SF-ICP-MS.

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    Cao, Liguo; Zheng, Jian; Tsukada, Hirofumi; Pan, Shaoming; Wang, Zhongtang; Tagami, Keiko; Uchida, Shigeo

    2016-10-01

    Due to radioisotope releases in the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident, long-term monitoring of radiocesium ((135)Cs and (137)Cs) and Pu isotopes ((239)Pu and (240)Pu) in river suspended particles is necessary to study the transport and fate of these long-lived radioisotopes in the land-ocean system. However, it is expensive and technically difficult to collect samples of suspended particles from river and ocean. Thus, simultaneous determination of multi-radionuclides remains as a challenging topic. In this study, for the first time, we report an analytical method for simultaneous determination of radiocesium and Pu isotopes in suspended particles with small sample size (1-2g). Radiocesium and Pu were sequentially pre-concentrated using ammonium molybdophosphate and ferric hydroxide co-precipitation, respectively. After the two-stage ion-exchange chromatography separation from the matrix elements, radiocesium and Pu isotopes were finally determined by ICP-MS/MS and SF-ICP-MS, respectively. The interfering elements of U ((238)U(1)H(+) and (238)U(2)H(+) for (239)Pu and (240)Pu, respectively) and Ba ((135)Ba(+) and (137)Ba(+) for (135)Cs and (137)Cs, respectively) were sufficiently removed with the decontamination factors of 1-8×10(6) and 1×10(4), respectively, with the developed method. Soil reference materials were utilized for method validation, and the obtained (135)Cs/(137)Cs and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios, and (239+240)Pu activities showed a good agreement with the certified/information values. In addition, the developed method was applied to analyze radiocesium and Pu in the suspended particles of land water samples collected from Fukushima Prefecture after the FDNPP accident. The (135)Cs/(137)Cs atom ratios (0.329-0.391) and (137)Cs activities (23.4-152Bq/g) suggested radiocesium contamination of the suspended particles mainly originated from the accident-released radioactive contaminates, while similar Pu contamination of suspended

  15. Simultaneous determination of radiocesium ((135)Cs, (137)Cs) and plutonium ((239)Pu, (240)Pu) isotopes in river suspended particles by ICP-MS/MS and SF-ICP-MS.

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    Cao, Liguo; Zheng, Jian; Tsukada, Hirofumi; Pan, Shaoming; Wang, Zhongtang; Tagami, Keiko; Uchida, Shigeo

    2016-10-01

    Due to radioisotope releases in the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident, long-term monitoring of radiocesium ((135)Cs and (137)Cs) and Pu isotopes ((239)Pu and (240)Pu) in river suspended particles is necessary to study the transport and fate of these long-lived radioisotopes in the land-ocean system. However, it is expensive and technically difficult to collect samples of suspended particles from river and ocean. Thus, simultaneous determination of multi-radionuclides remains as a challenging topic. In this study, for the first time, we report an analytical method for simultaneous determination of radiocesium and Pu isotopes in suspended particles with small sample size (1-2g). Radiocesium and Pu were sequentially pre-concentrated using ammonium molybdophosphate and ferric hydroxide co-precipitation, respectively. After the two-stage ion-exchange chromatography separation from the matrix elements, radiocesium and Pu isotopes were finally determined by ICP-MS/MS and SF-ICP-MS, respectively. The interfering elements of U ((238)U(1)H(+) and (238)U(2)H(+) for (239)Pu and (240)Pu, respectively) and Ba ((135)Ba(+) and (137)Ba(+) for (135)Cs and (137)Cs, respectively) were sufficiently removed with the decontamination factors of 1-8×10(6) and 1×10(4), respectively, with the developed method. Soil reference materials were utilized for method validation, and the obtained (135)Cs/(137)Cs and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios, and (239+240)Pu activities showed a good agreement with the certified/information values. In addition, the developed method was applied to analyze radiocesium and Pu in the suspended particles of land water samples collected from Fukushima Prefecture after the FDNPP accident. The (135)Cs/(137)Cs atom ratios (0.329-0.391) and (137)Cs activities (23.4-152Bq/g) suggested radiocesium contamination of the suspended particles mainly originated from the accident-released radioactive contaminates, while similar Pu contamination of suspended

  16. Reactivity of the uranium (U(IV)/U(VI)) and the plutonium (Pu(III)/Pu(IV)) in nitric aqueous solution under ultrasound

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    To minimize the volumes of solid waste and industrial effluents generated at the end of cycle, particularly in the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing industry, research is currently under way on so-called innovative processes, designed to induce chemical reactions without adding reagent to the media. Among these processes, the use of ultrasound can prove advantageous, and the purpose of this study is to assess accurately the potential for its application. In the present context, this work shows that the transmission of an ultrasonic wave in aqueous nitric acid solution leads to: the accumulation of nitrous acid in solution, until a steady-sate concentration is reached; the removal of nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in the gas stream. The initial kinetics of the formation of HNO2 in solution was quantified as a function of the nitric acid concentration and the ultrasound intensity. It was also shown than an excess of nitrous acid in nitric solution decomposes under the effect of ultrasound. It is also possible to accumulate hydrogen peroxide in solution during the ultrasonic irradiation of aqueous nitric acid solutions in the presence of a chemical species N2H5+, NH2SO3H...) which reacts rapidly with HNO2, preventing the reduction of H2O2 by HNO2. The mechanisms of HNO2 formation and decomposition, and the mechanism of H2O2 formation during the ultrasonic irradiation of aqueous nitric acid solutions, are presented. Control of H2O2 or HNO2 in a nitric acid medium under the effect of an ultrasonic wave can be exploited to control redox reactions of uranium and plutonium ions, particularly with respect to the oxidation of U and Pu (U(IV)→ U(IV) or Pu(III) → Pu(IV)) and the reduction of Pu (Pu(IV)→ Pu(III). The redox behavior of uranium and plutonium ions in aqueous nitric solution subject to an ultrasonic flux is interpreted in term of effects induced on the reaction medium, and reveals the potential for using ultrasound to cause chemical reactions in

  17. Molecular Structure and Bonding in Plutonium Carbides: A Theoretical Study of PuC3.

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    Molpeceres, Germán; Rayón, Víctor M; Barrientos, Carmen; Largo, Antonio

    2016-04-14

    The most relevant species of plutonium tricarbide were characterized using theoretical methods. The global minimum is predicted to be a fan structure where the plutonium atom is bonded to a quasi-linear C3 unit. A rhombic isomer, shown to be a bicyclic species with transannular C-C bonding, lies about 39 kJ/mol above the fan isomer. A linear PuCCC isomer and a three-membered ring CPuC2 isomer were found to be higher in energy (150 and 195 kJ/mol, respectively, above the predicted global minimum). The possible processes for the formation of these species are discussed, and the IR spectra were predicted to help in possible experimental detection. The nature of the Pu-C interaction has been analyzed in terms of a topological analysis of the electronic density, showing that Pu-C bonding is essentially ionic with a certain degree of covalent character.

  18. Measurement of the 240Am production cross section via proton irradiation of 242Pu

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    A new nuclear reaction for the production of 240Am was experimentally investigated. Targets of 150-500 μg/cm2242Pu on 2 μm Ti were produced through molecular deposition. Five irradiations, in which 242Pu, natTi, and natNi targets were jointly activated with protons from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron produced 240Am, 48V, and 57Ni, respectively. The radioactive decay of these nuclides was monitored using high-purity Ge gamma ray detectors in the weeks following irradiation. A maximum 242Pu(p, 3n)240Am nuclear reaction cross section was measured to be 45 ± 13 mb with 23 MeV protons. While this value is lower than theoretical predictions, it is high enough to be the most viable nuclear reaction for the large-scale production of 240Am. (orig.)

  19. Kzp Regulates the Transcription of gata2 and pu.1 during Primitive Hematopoiesis in Zebrafish Embryos

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    Fang Liu; Shaohua Yao; Ting Zhang; Chun Xiao; Yanna Shang; Jin Liu; Xianming Mo

    2012-01-01

    Kaiso zinc finger-containing protein (Kzp),a maternally-derived transcription factor,controls dorsoventral patterning during zebrafish gastrulation.Here,we uncovered a new function for Kzp in zebrafish embryonic primitive hematopoiesis.The depletion of kzp led to defects in primitive hematopoiesis including the development of the erythroid and myeloid lineages.On the other hand,overexpression of kzp caused the ectopic expression of gatal,gata2,and pu.1.Chromosome immunoprecipitation assays revealed that Kzp protein directly binds to gatal,gata2,and pu.1 promoters.Interestingly,the ectopic expression of gata2 was able to rescue the erythroid,but not the myeloid lineage in kzp-depleted zebrafish embryos.gatal expression controlled by Kzp was dependent on gata2 during primitive erythropoiesis.Our results indicate that Kzp is a critical transcriptional factor for the expression of gata2 and pu.1 to modulate primitive hematopoiesis.

  20. Efficient PU Mode Decision and Motion Estimation for H.264/AVC to HEVC Transcoder

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available H.264/AVC has been widely applied to various applications. However, a new video compression standard, High Efficient Video Coding (HEVC, had been finalized in 2013. In this work, a fast transcoder from H.264/AVC to HEVC is proposed. The proposed algorithm includes the fast prediction unit (PU decision and the fast motion estimation. With the strong relation between H.264/AVC and HEVC, the modes, residuals, and variance of motion vectors (MVs extracted from H.264/AVC can be reused to predict the current encoding PU of HEVC. Furthermore, the MVs from H.264/AVC are used to decide the search range of PU during motion estimation. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithm can save up to 53% of the encoding time and maintains the rate-distortion (R-D performance for HEVC.

  1. Evolving Magnetism from self damage in α and δ-Pu

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    McCall, Scott; Fluss, Micheal; Chung, Brandon; McElfresh, Micheal; Jackson, Damon

    2006-03-01

    As a consequence of the unusual nature of plutonium's electronic structure, point- and extended-defects are expected to, and do exhibit extraordinary properties. Low temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements on Pu and fcc-Pu(Ga) show that the magnetic susceptibility increases as a function of time, yet upon annealing the specimen returns to its initial magnetic susceptibility. This excess magnetic susceptibility (EMS) arises from the α-decay and U recoil damage cascades which produce vacancy and interstitials as point and extended defects. The time dependence of the EMS leads to an estimate of the number of atoms influenced by each α-decay, as well as a temperature dependence well described by a Curie-Weiss law. These results will be described in context of recent time dependent studies of the elastic modulus in delta Pu. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract W-7405-Eng-48.

  2. Biochemical effects of inhaled 239PuO2 on lung lipids

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    Results of experiments carried out to assess the effect of 239Pu α irradiation on lung lipid biosynthesis and to determine the lungs ability to incorporate palmitate into lavage lecithin and its turnover are reported. The experiments were carried out on rats which had inhaled 239PuO2 particles. The study of palmitate incorporation into lipids shows conclusively that for medium (23 to 42 nCi) or high (more than 100 nCi) lung depositions the incorporation by isolated mitochondria is significantly (P 239PuO2 were positive, with respect to controls in 8 of 10 instances, when measured following the label of palmitate in lung lavage lecithin. The interpretation of the significant result (P < 0.05) is that: (1) initial and/or final lecithin pool sizes were different, (2) transfer rates were affected between blood and lung, or (3) rates of degradation of lung lavage lecithin were affected. (U.K.)

  3. 238PuO2 Fuel and Dosimetry

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    Mayo, Douglas R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Rawool-Sullivan, Mohini [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Garner, Scott Edward [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wenz, Tracy R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Karpius, Peter Joseph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-01

    238Pu is an ideal material for use as a heat source with its half-life of 87.7 years and copious particle emissions. 238Pu radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) have found use for pacemakers, Apollo Space missions, Mars rovers, and Voyager spacecraft. In evaluating the dose to personnel and components near a 238Pu-based RTG, a number of additional nuclides and their daughter products must be considered to get an accurate estimate for γ-dose, and the amount of 17O and 18O for the neutron-dose must be considered. This paper looks at the contributing nuclides and their daughter products that add the most to the dose rates.

  4. A Fast PU Mode Decision Algorithm for H.264/AVC to HEVC Transcoding

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    Jiunn-Tsair Fang

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available H.264/AVC has been widely applied to various applic ations. However, a new video compression standard, High Efficient Video Coding (HEVC, had b een finalized recently. In this work, a fast transcoder from H.264/AVC to HEVC is proposed. The proposed algorithm includes the fast prediction unit (PU decision and the fast motion e stimation. With the strong relation between H.264/AVC and HEVC, the motion vectors (MVs, resid uals, and modes from each coding block of H.264/AVC can be reused to predict the current e ncoding PU of HEVC. Furthermore, the MV variance from H.264/AVC is calculated to decide the search range of PU and also to reduce the prediction mode. Simulation results show that t he proposed method can save up to 53% of the encoding time and maintains the rate-distortion (R-D performance for HEVC.

  5. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Cd-Doped PuRhIn5

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    Zhu, Jian-Xin

    Since their discovery nearly a decade ago, plutonium-based superconductors have attracted considerable interest, which is now heightened by the latest discovery of superconductivity in other Pu-115 compounds. Within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of density functional theory and its combination with the dynamical mean-field theory, we present a study of electronic structure in the paramagnetic state of Cd-doped PuRhIn5. A doping-induced delocalization-localization transition is identified. In addition, the spin-polarized GGA-based total energy calculations are performed to determine the magnetic exchange interactions in the pristine PuRhIn5. The implication to the nature of quantum criticality is discussed. This work was carried out under the auspices of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy at LANL under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, and was supported by the LANL ASC Program.

  6. Quantitative scanning electron microscopic autoradiography of inhaled 239PuO2

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    We have applied the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to obtain autoradiographs of particles of 239PuO2 deposited in rat lung. The technique was used to obtain quantitative information on the clearance rates of particles from the alveoli, bronchioles and trachea up to 240 d after exposure. At all times, the concentration of particles on the surface of the bronchioles was an order of magnitude greater than on the tracheal surface. The clearance of Pu from both regions followed a biphasic pattern, similar to that obtained by radiometric analysis of the whole lung. Most of the radiation dose to the bronchiolar epithelium originated from Pu particles in peribronchiolar alveoli in which they were preferentially retained, compared to other alveolar regions. The prolonged retention of particles in the peribronchiolar alveoli may be a significant factor in the induction of lung carcinomas

  7. Modeling and production of 240Am by deuteron-induced activation of a 240Pu target

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    A novel reaction pathway for production of 240Am is reported. Models of reaction cross-sections in EMPIRE II suggest that deuteron-induced activation of a 240Pu target produces maximum yields of 240Am from 11.5 MeV incident deuterons. This activation had not been previously reported in the literature. A 240Pu target was activated under the modeled optimum conditions to produce 240Am. The modeled cross-section for the 240Pu(d, 2n)240Am reaction is on the order of 20–30 mbarn, but the experimentally estimated value is 5.6 ± 0.2 mbarn. We discuss reasons for the discrepancy as well as production of other Am isotopes that contaminate the final product

  8. 238PuO2 Fuel and Dosimetry

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    Mayo, Douglas R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Rawool-Sullivan, Mohini [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Garner, Scott Edward [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wenz, Tracy R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Karpius, Peter Joseph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-01

    238Pu is an ideal material for use as a heat source with its half-life of 87.7 years and copius -particle emissions. 238Pu radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) have found use for pacemakers, Apollo Space missions, Mars rovers, and Voyager spacecraft. In evaluating the dose to personnel and components near a 238Pu-based RTG, a number of additional nuclides and their daughter products must be considered to get an accurate estimate for γ -dose and the amount of 17O and 18O for the neutron-dose must be considered. This paper looks at the contributing nuclides and their daughter products that add the most to the dose rates.

  9. Transport and scavenging of Pu in surface waters of the Southern Hemisphere Oceans

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    Gastaud, J.; Povinec, P.P.; Aoyama, M.;

    2011-01-01

    The distribution of 239Pu in Atlantic and Indian Ocean waters about four decades after their main injection from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests is discussed. Recent data obtained in the framework of the SHOTS (Southern Hemisphere Ocean Tracer Studies) projects are evaluated and compared...... with previous investigations. Seawater samples were collected during the round the globe BEAGLE2003 (Blue Ocean Global Expedition) along the 30°S transect in the Atlantic and the 20°S transect in the Indian Ocean. The results indicate transport of surface waters labelled with 239Pu from the western North...... Pacific via the Indonesian Seas to the South Indian Ocean and then to the South Atlantic Ocean. Along the whole BEAGLE2003 sampling route, the Atlantic Ocean has the lowest 239Pu content due to its particle scavenging on the long way from the western North Pacific. On the other hand, concentrations...

  10. Modeling and production of 240Am by deuteron-induced activation of a 240Pu target

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    Finn, Erin C.; McNamara, Bruce K.; Greenwood, Lawrence R.; Wittman, Richard S.; Soderquist, Chuck Z.; Woods, Vincent T.; VanDevender, Brent A.; Metz, Lori A.; Friese, Judah I.

    2015-02-01

    A novel reaction pathway for production of 240Am is reported. Models of reaction cross-sections in EMPIRE II suggests that deuteron-induced activation of a 240Pu target produces maximum yields of 240Am from 11.5 MeV incident deuterons. This activation had not been previously reported in the literature. A 240Pu target was activated under the modeled optimum conditions to produce 240Am. The modeled cross-section for the 240Pu(d, 2n)240Am reaction is on the order of 20-30 mbarn, but the experimentally estimated value is 5.3 ± 0.2 mbarn. We discuss reasons for the discrepancy as well as production of other Am isotopes that contaminate the final product.

  11. Variability in PuO{sub 2} Intake by Inhalation: Implications for Worker Protection at the US Department of Energy

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    Scott, B.R.; Fencl, A.F

    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the stochastic exposure (SE) paradigm where, at most, small numbers of airborne toxic particles are presented for inhalation. The focus is on alpha-emitting plutonium dioxide (PuO{sub 2}) particles that may be inhaled by Department of Energy (DOE) workers. Consideration of the SE paradigm is important because intake of only a few highly radioactive PuO{sub 2} particles such as {sup 238}PuO{sub 2}, could greatly exceed the annual limit on intake (ALI) used to control worker exposure. For the SE paradigm, credible intake distributions evaluated over the population at risk are needed, rather than unreliable point estimates of intake. Credible distributions of radiation doses and health risks are also needed. Because there are limited data on humans who inhaled PuO{sub 2}, these distributions must be calculated. Calculated distributions are presented that relate to the intake of radioactivity via inhaling polydisperse PuO{sub 2} particles. The results indicate that a large variability in radioactivity intake is expected when relatively small numbers of PuO{sub 2} particles are inhaled. For the SE paradigm, one cannot know how many PuO{sub 2} particles were inhaled by an individual involved in a given inhalation exposure scenario. Thus, rather than addressing questions such as 'Did the calculated worker's intake of {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} exceed the ALI?', it is better to address questions such as 'What is the probability that {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} intake by a given worker occurred and exceeded the ALI?' Mathematical tools for addressing the latter question are presented, and examples of their applications are provided, with emphasis on possible DOE worker exposures at the Rocky Flats facility near Denver, Colorado. The alpha-emitting isotopes {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 242}Pu are found at Rocky Flats. Although {sup 238}Pu is thought to be present in relatively small amounts there, intake via inhalation of only

  12. Runx1 regulation of Pu.1 corepressor/coactivator exchange identifies specific molecular targets for leukemia differentiation therapy.

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    Gu, Xiaorong; Hu, Zhenbo; Ebrahem, Quteba; Crabb, John S; Mahfouz, Reda Z; Radivoyevitch, Tomas; Crabb, John W; Saunthararajah, Yogen

    2014-05-23

    Gene activation requires cooperative assembly of multiprotein transcription factor-coregulator complexes. Disruption to cooperative assemblage could underlie repression of tumor suppressor genes in leukemia cells. Mechanisms of cooperation and its disruption were therefore examined for PU.1 and RUNX1, transcription factors that cooperate to activate hematopoietic differentiation genes. PU.1 is highly expressed in leukemia cells, whereas RUNX1 is frequently inactivated by mutation or translocation. Thus, coregulator interactions of Pu.1 were examined by immunoprecipitation coupled with tandem mass spectrometry/Western blot in wild-type and Runx1-deficient hematopoietic cells. In wild-type cells, the NuAT and Baf families of coactivators coimmunoprecipitated with Pu.1. Runx1 deficiency produced a striking switch to Pu.1 interaction with the Dnmt1, Sin3A, Nurd, CoRest, and B-Wich corepressor families. Corepressors of the Polycomb family, which are frequently inactivated by mutation or deletion in myeloid leukemia, did not interact with Pu.1. The most significant gene ontology association of Runx1-Pu.1 co-bound genes was with macrophages, therefore, functional consequences of altered corepressor/coactivator exchange were examined at Mcsfr, a key macrophage differentiation gene. In chromatin immunoprecipitation analyses, high level Pu.1 binding to the Mcsfr promoter was not decreased by Runx1 deficiency. However, the Pu.1-driven shift from histone repression to activation marks at this locus, and terminal macrophage differentiation, were substantially diminished. DNMT1 inhibition, but not Polycomb inhibition, in RUNX1-translocated leukemia cells induced terminal differentiation. Thus, RUNX1 and PU.1 cooperate to exchange corepressors for coactivators, and the specific corepressors recruited to PU.1 as a consequence of RUNX1 deficiency could be rational targets for leukemia differentiation therapy.

  13. X-ray absorption fine structure of aged, Pu-doped glass and ceramic waste forms

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    Hess, N. J.; Weber, W. J.; Conradson, S. D.

    1998-04-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopic (XAS) studies were performed on three compositionally identical, Pu-doped, borosilicate glasses prepared 15 years ago at different α-activities by varying the 239Pu/ 238Pu isotopic ratio. The resulting α-activities ranged from 1.9×10 7 to 4.2×10 9 Bq/g and have current, accumulated doses between 8.8×10 15 to 1.9×10 18 α-decays/g. Two ceramic, polycrystalline zircon (ZrSiO 4) samples prepared 16 years ago with 10.0 wt% Pu was also investigated. Varying the 239Pu/ 238Pu isotopic ratio in these samples resulted in α-activities of 2.5×10 8 and 5.6×10 10 Bq/g and current, accumulated doses of 1.2×10 17 and 2.8×10 19 α-decays/g. The multicomponent composition of the waste forms permitted XAS investigations at six absorption edges for the borosilicate glass and at three absorption edges for the polycrystalline zircons. For both waste forms, analysis of extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra indicates that the local environment around the cations exhibits different degrees of disorder as a result of the accumulated α-decay dose. In general, cations with short cation-oxygen bonds show little effect from self-radiation whereas cations with long cation-oxygen bonds show a greater degree of disorder with accumulated α-decay dose.

  14. Solid Solubilities of Pu, U, Gd and Hf in Candidate Ceramic Nuclear Wasteforms

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    Vance, Eric R.; Carter, M. L.; Lumpkin, G. R.; Day, R. A.; Begg, B. D.

    2001-04-02

    This goal of this research project was to determine the solid solubility of Pu, U, Gd, and Hf in candidate ceramics for immobilization of high-level nuclear waste. The experimental approach was to saturate each phase by adding more than the solid solubility limit of the given cation, using a nominated substitution scheme, and then analyzing the candidate phase that formed to evaluate the solid solubility limit under firing conditions. Confirmation that the solid solution limit had been reached insofar as other phases rich in the cation of interest was also required. The candidate phases were monazite, titanite, zirconolite, perovskite, apatite, pyrochlore, and brannerite. The valences of Pu and U were typically deduced from the firing atmosphere, and charge balancing in the candidate phase composition as evaluated from electron microscopy, although in some cases it was measured directly by x-ray absorption and diffuse reflectance spectroscopies (for U). Tetravalent Pu and U have restricted (< 0.1 formula units) solid solubility in apatite, titanite, and perovskite. Trivalent Pu has a larger solubility in apatite and perovskite than Pu4+. U3+ appears to be a credible species in reduced perovskite with a solubility of {approximately} 0.25 f.u. as opposed to {approximately} 0.05 f.u. for U4+. Pu4+ is a viable species in monazite and is promoted at lower firing temperatures ({approximately} 800 C) in an air atmosphere. Hf solubility is restricted in apatite, monazite (< 0.1 f.u.), but is {approximately} 0.2 and 0.5 f.u. in brannerite and titanite, respectively. Gd solubility is extended in all phases except for titanite ({approximately} 0.3 f.u.). U5+ was identified by DRS observations of absorption bands in the visible/near infrared photon energy ranges in brannerite and zirconolite, and U4+ in zirconolite was similarly identified.

  15. Post-irradiation examination of CANDU fuel bundles fuelled with (Th, Pu)O2

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    AECL has extensive experience with thoria-based fuel irradiations as part of an ongoing R&D program on thorium within the Advanced Fuel Cycles Program. The BDL-422 experiment was one component of the thorium program that involved the fabrication and irradiation testing of six Bruce-type bundles fuelled with (Th, Pu)O2 pellets. The fuel was manufactured in the Recycle Fuel Fabrication Laboratories (RFFL) at Chalk River allowing AECL to gain valuable experience in fabrication and handling of thoria fuel. The fuel pellets contained 86.05 wt. % Th and 1.53 wt. % Pu in (Th, Pu)O2. The objectives of the BDL-422 experiment were to demonstrate the ability of 37-element geometry (Th, Pu)O2 fuel bundles to operate to high burnups up to 1000 MWh/kgHE (42 MWd/kgHE), and to examine the (Th, Pu)O2 fuel performance. This paper describes the post-irradiation examination (PIE) results of BDL-422 fuel bundles irradiated to burnups up to 856 MWh/kgHE (36 MWd/kgHE), with power ratings ranging from 52 to 67 kW/m. PIE results for the high burnup bundles (>1000 MWh/kgHE) are being analyzed and will be reported at a later date. The (Th, Pu)O2 fuel performance characteristics were superior to UO2 fuel irradiated under similar conditions. Minimal grain growth was observed and was accompanied by benign fission gas release and sheath strain. Other fuel performance parameters, such as sheath oxidation and hydrogen distribution, are also discussed. (author)

  16. Transmutation of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 241Am using neutrons produced in target-blanket system `Energy plus Transmutation' by relativistic protons

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    J Adam; K Katovsky; A Balabekyan; V G Kalinnikov; M I Krivopustov; H Kumawat; A A Solnyshkin; V I Stegailov; S G Stetsenko; V M Tsoupko-Sitnikov; W Westmeier

    2007-02-01

    Target-blanket facility `Energy + Transmutation' was irradiated by proton beam extracted from the Nuclotron Accelerator in Laboratory of High Energies of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. Neutrons generated by the spallation reactions of 0.7, 1.0, 1.5 and 2 GeV protons and lead target interact with subcritical uranium blanket. In the neutron field outside the blanket, radioactive iodine, neptunium, plutonium and americium samples were irradiated and transmutation reaction yields (residual nuclei production yields) have been determined using -spectroscopy. Neutron field's energy distribution has also been studied using a set of threshold detectors. Results of transmutation studies of 129I, 237Np, 238Pu, 239Pu and 241Am are presented.

  17. An isotopic analysis system for plutonium samples enriched in 238Pu

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    We have designed and built a gamma-ray spectrometer system that measures the relative plutonium isotopic abundances of plutonium oxide enriched in 238Pu. The first system installed at Westinghouse Savannah River Company was tested and evaluated on plutonium oxide in stainless steel EP60/61 containers. 238Pu enrichments ranged from 20% to 85%. Results show that 200 grams of plutonium oxide in an EP60.61 container can be measured with ±0.3% precision and better than ±1.0% accuracy in the specific power using a counting time of 50 minutes. 3 refs., 2 figs

  18. Preparation of a 238Pu standard source . II. Source preparation and standardization

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    Nobuo, Shinohara; Nobuaki, Kohno

    1988-07-01

    A standard source of 238Pu was prepared for calibrating the counting efficiency of alpha-ray detector. The plutonium was electrodeposited on a platinum or tantalum disk using isopropyl alcohol-hydrochloric acid solution as an electrolyte. The absolute activity was certified by isotope dilution alpha-ray spectrometry. Several types of the source, whose areas 238Pu-deposited are from 2.0 to 25.0 mm in diameter, were also prepared by the method. The overall uncertainties of the certified values for the standard sources prepared are estimated to be within 0.15 to 0.25% (1σ).

  19. Pulmonary immune response of dogs after exposure to 239PuO2

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    This study evaluated the cell-mediated (CMI) and humoral immune responses in four Beagle dogs five to six years after single inhalation exposures to different monodisperse 239PuO2 aerosols (0.72-1.4μm activity median aerodynamic diameter). These exposures resulted in initial lung burdens ranging from 19 to 35kBq. The immune responses induced by lung immunization of dogs that had inhaled 239PuO2 were not suppressed by large doses of chronic alpha irradiation of the lungs and tracheobronchial lymph nodes, indicating that local pulmonary immune responses are preserved despite severe radiation-induced alteration of these tissues. (author)

  20. COMPLIANCE ANALYSIS, OPTIMISATION AND COMPARISON OF A NEW 3PUS-PU MECHANISM

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    Full Text Available This paper investigates the compliance of a new 3PUS-PU hybrid mechanism with three degrees of freedom, including translation along the Z axis and rotations about the X and Y axes. Firstly, the kinematic analysis of the mechanism is analysed and the compliance model of the mechanism derived. Secondly, the effects the geometric parameters and position and orientation parameters on the compliance of the mechanism in each direction are investigated, and the genetic algorithm is used to optimise the global compliance by simultaneously adjusting design variables. Finally, the compliance of two similar kinds of 3PUS-PU mechanism in each direction is reviewed.

  1. Djelovanje pušenja duhana na tvrda i meka tkiva usne šupljine

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    Brkić, Hrvoje; Keros, Jadranka; Mravak-Stipetić, Marinka; Žiger, Tihomir

    1994-01-01

    Literatura i svakodnevna kazuistika upozoravaju na štetno termičko, kemijsko i mehaničko djelovanje pušenja duhana na zdravlje. Promjene uzrokovane duhanom zahvaćaju svekoliku sluznicu dišnog, a djelomice i probavnog sustava. Svrha je našeg rada bila istražiti promjene na tvrdim i mekim tkivima usne šupljine. Istraživanjem smo obuhvatili 50 dugogodišnjih pušača cigareta obaju spolova, te 100 nepušača u usporedbenoj skupini, podjednake životne dobi. Pritom smo istraživali devet parametara rele...

  2. Immobilization of Pu-containing wastes into glass and ceramics: Results of US-Russia collaboration

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    Anderson, E. B.; Aloy, A. S.; Burakov, B. E.; Jardine, L. J.

    2000-07-01

    This continuing collaboration between the V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI) in St. Petersberg, Russia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the United States was initiated in 1997. The collaboration is focused on plutonium immobilization to support the disposition of excess weapons plutonium in the US and Russia. Our work consists primarily of laboratory-scale experiments and studies of borosilicate and phosphate Pu-doped glasses and zircon/zirconia, mono-zirconia, and pyrochlore ceramics. The results were used to compare and evaluate the use of these various materials in Pu immobilization.

  3. Ideal Strengths and Bonding Properties of PuO2 under Tension

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    WANG Bao-Tian; MANG Ping

    2011-01-01

    We perform a first-principles computational tensile test on PuO2 based on density-functional theory within a local density approximation ( LDA )+U formalism to investigate its structural, mechanical, magnetic and intrinsic bonding properties in four representative directions: [001], [100], [110]and [111].The stress-strain relations show that the ideal tensile strengths in the four directions are 81.2, 80.5, 28.3 and 16.8GPa at strains of 0.36, 0.36,0.22 and 0.18, respectively.The [001]and [100]directions are prominently stronger than the other two directions since more Pu-O bonds participate in the pulling process.By charge and density of state analysis along the [001]direction, we find that the strong mixed ionic/covalent character of the Pu-O bond is weakened by tensile strain and PuO2 will exhibit an insulator-to-metal transition after tensile stresses exceeding about 79 GPa.%@@ We perform a first-principles computational tensile test on Pu02 based on density-functional theory within a local density approximation(LDA)+U formalism to investigate its structural, mechanical, magnetic and intrinsic bonding properties in four representative directions:[001], [100], [110] and [111].The stress-strain relations show that the ideal tensile strengths in the four directions are 81.2, 80.5, 28.3 and 16.8 GPa at strains of 0.36, 0.36,0.22 and 0.18, respectively.The [001]and [100]directions are prominently stronger than the other two directions since more Pu-0 bonds participate in the pulling process.By charge and density of state analysis along the[001]direction,we find that the strong mixed ioni%ovalent character of the Pu-0 bond is weakened by tensile strain and PuO2 will exhibit an insulator-to-metal transition after tensile stresses exceeding about 79 GPa.

  4. Sequential determination of Pu and Am radioisotopes in environmental samples; a comparison of two separation procedures

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    Two separation methods for the sequential determination of Am and Pu radionuclides are presented and the results obtained are compared. Analysis involves leaching the sample with concentrated nitric acid (HNO3), followed by radiochemical separation using extraction chromatographic resins (UTEVA, TRU) and anion exchange. Sources for alpha spectrometry were prepared by micro-precipitation on neodymium fluoride (NdF3). The chemical recoveries were determined using 242Pu and 243Am tracers. The methods were tested on reference materials and on two sediments. All the results were in good agreement with the reference values. The evaluation of uncertainty is also included

  5. Effects of 239Pu administered at 9 days of gestation on hematologic development of the rat

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    Injection of pregnant rats with monomeric 239Pu after 9 days of gestation decreased their leukocyte and reticulocyte counts at 5 and 10 days postexposure. Most of the fetal hematologic enumerative values were unaffected by injection of monomeric 239Pu. There was, however, a major change in the maturation of the cells of the erythroid series, as indicated by a difference in the distribution between cell types. The weight of the yolk sac and fetal liver, and the cellularity of the fetal spleen were decreased

  6. Response of CR-39 plastic track detector to 239Pu and 252Cf sources

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    CR-39 plastic track detectors have been irradiated with 239Pu and 252Cf sources separately at nuclear physics laboratory B.H.U., Varanasi to investigate track recording properties of detector material. All detectors etched in 6.25N NaOH solution at different temperatures for different hours. The bulk and track etch rates are calculated for both detectors (irradiated by 239Pu and 252Cf sources separately). The diameter and sensitivity along the trajectory of the track have been determined at different temperatures. (author)

  7. Independent Verification of Element 114 Production in the 48Ca+242Pu Reaction

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    Independent verification of the production of element 114 in the reaction of 244-MeV 48Ca with 242Pu is presented. Two chains of time- and position-correlated decays have been assigned to 286114 and 287114. The observed decay modes, half-lives, and decay energies agree with published results. The measured cross sections at a center-of-target energy of 244 MeV for the 242Pu(48Ca,3-4n)287,286114 reactions were 1.4-1.2+3.2 pb each, which are lower than the reported values.

  8. Development plan of Pu NDA system using ZnS ceramic scintillator

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    Alternative techniques to neutron detection by He-3 for nuclear security and safeguards systems are necessary to be developed since He-3 shortage is serious. With support of Japanese government (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology), we have started an R and D project of Pu NDA system using ZnS ceramic scintillator. Here we present development plan, production of a new type of ZnS ceramic scintillator experimentally and basic design of a PCAS alternative Pu NDA system. We are planning the demonstration tests using the alternative NDA system comparing with the current PCAS in which the He-3 counters are installed. (author)

  9. Monitoring intakes of Pu/Am by external counting. Current status in India

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    Sharma, R.C.; Surendran, T.; Haridasan, T.K. [Internal Dosimetry Division, Bhabha Atomic Reserch Centre, Mumbai (India)

    2000-05-01

    This paper describes the current status of the direct methods of monitoring intakes of actinides, Pu/Am, by external counting techniques in India. It begins with the brief descriptions of the in vivo monitoring facilities established and a variety of optimised radiation detectors being operated inside the graded lined steel room chamber. Two types of phoswich detectors (200 mm dia) differing in the thicknesses of their primary detectors, are operated with pulse shape discrimination electronics based on pulse shape analyser (ORTEC model 458). The other detection systems are : 51 mm dia coaxial HPGe low energy photon spectrometer, a miniature CdTe and a twin thin NaI(Tl). Over the past several years, these facilities have been rationally utilized for conducting various types of internal monitoring programmes for workers handing Pu/Am. Due emphasis has been given to the Quality Assurance (QA) programmes and thus the accuracy of internal exposure evaluations has been ensured by participating in the international intercomparison studies. These included: a) In vivo calibration experiments based on inhalation of mock Pu i.e. polystyrene particles labelled with {sup 103}Pd - {sup 51}Cr, by human volunteers; b) Calibration measurements on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) realistic thorax phantom representing a Caucasian man, under an IAEA-CRP and c) By participating in yet another IAEA-CRP on the calibration of in vivo counting systems for actinides (Pu, Am, U, Th) using a Reference Asian phantom whose physique represented an Asian man of Japanese origin. As both, ICRP and BSS of IAEA recommend the use of latest dose coefficients, the current methodology of evaluating internal exposures to actinides (Pu/Am) is based on the new (ICRP-66) model of the human respiratory tract. For this purpose, the software package LUDEP 2.05 (Lung Dose Evaluation Program) has been standardised for routine use. The use of LUDEP 2.05 for calculating intakes and committed

  10. Pu(V)O2+ adsorption and reduction by synthetic hematite and goethite.

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    Powell, Brian A; Fjeld, Robert A; Kaplan, Daniel I; Coates, John T; Serkiz, Steven M

    2005-04-01

    Changes in aqueous- and solid-phase plutonium oxidation state were monitored over time in hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) and goethite (alpha-FeOOH) suspensions containing 239Pu(V)-amended 0.01 M NaCl. Solid-phase oxidation state distribution was quantified by leaching plutonium into the aqueous phase and applying an ultrafiltration/solvent extraction technique. The technique was verified using oxidation state analogues of plutonium and sediment-free controls of known Pu oxidation state. Batch kinetic experiments were conducted at hematite and goethite concentrations between 10 and 500 m2 L(-1) in the pH range of 3-8. Surface-mediated reduction of Pu(V) was observed for both minerals at pH values of 4.5 and greater. At pH 3 no adsorption of Pu(V) was observed on either goethite or hematite; consequently, no reduction was observed. For hematite, adsorption of Pu(V) was the rate-limiting step in the adsorption/reduction process. In the pH range of 5-8, the overall removal of Pu(V) from the system (solid and aqueous phases) was found to be approximately second order with respect to hematite concentration and of order -0.39 with respect to the hydrogen ion concentration. The overall reaction rate constant (k(rxn)), including both adsorption and reduction of Pu(V), was 1.75+/-2.05 x 10(-10) (m(-2) L)(-2.08) (mol(-1) L)(-0.39) (s(-1)). In contrast to hematite, Pu(V) adsorption to goethite occurred rapidly relative to reduction. At a given pH,the reduction rate was approximately independent of the goethite concentration, although the hydrogen ion concentration (pH) had only a slight effect on the overall reaction rate. For goethite, the overall reaction rates at pH 5 and pH 8 were 6.0 x 10(-5) and 1.5 x 10(-4) s(-1), respectively. For hematite, the reaction rate increased by 3 orders of magnitude across the same pH range. PMID:15871244

  11. Effect of inhaled 239PuO2 on alveolar Type II cells

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    Morphological changes of rat alveolar type II (AT-II) cells were studied at 8 and 10 months following inhalation of 239PuO2 to elucidate the biological role of AT-II cells in the induction of lung tumours. TEM micrographs of random sections of lung were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively using an automatic image analyser. Eighteen morphometric parameters were obtained according to stereological principles. The results showed that, following the inhalation of 239PuO2, AT-II cells became less differentiated and the metabolism of the pulmonary surfactant in AT-II cells was disturbed. (author)

  12. Effect of inhaled 239PuO2 on alveolar type II cells

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    Morphological changes of rat alveolar type II (AT-II) cells were studied at 8 and 10 months following inhalation of 239PuO2 to elucidate the biological role of At-II cells in the induction of lung tumours. TEM micrographs of random sections of lung were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively using an automatic image analyser. Eighteen morphometric parameters were obtained according to stereo logical principles. The results showed that, following the inhalation of 239PuO2, AT-II cells became less differentiated and the metabolism of the pulmonary surfactant in AT-II cells was disturbed

  13. Narrativas sobre a experiência de ser puérpera de alto risco

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    Ariane Thaise Frello Roque; Telma Elisa Carraro

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    Objetivo: Quando o puerpério ocorre concomitantemente à hospitalização do recém-nascido, leva a puérpera a tornar-se acompanhante na Unidade Neonatal, o que pode influenciar seu poder vital conceituando-se o Puerpério de Alto Risco. O objetivo deste estudo foi conhecer a experiência de ser puérpera de alto risco. Métodos: Narrativo com abordagem qualitativa, sustentado em Florence Nightingale. Realizado em uma instituição pública do sul do Brasil, de janeiro a março de 2010, foram sujeitos da...

  14. On Pu-244 in lunar rocks from Fra Mauro and implications regarding their origin.

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    Marti, K.; Lightner, B. D.; Lugmair, G. W.

    1973-01-01

    The evidence for in situ produced fission xenon from Pu-244 in rock 14321 is presented. The inferred abundance ratio Pu-244/U-238 is found to be consistent with values observed in a meteorite. Data from a stepwise release of the xenon permits a characterization of the trapped component, which can be shown to be distinct from solar xenon. We discuss the evidence for the presence of fission gases and of uncorrelated radiogenic argon in this and in other Apollo 14 rocks and some implications regarding their origin.

  15. Diffusivity of Sr, I and Pu in Granite With Through-Diffusion Experiment

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    Dang, Hai-Jun; Hou, Xiaolin; Liu, Wen-yuan;

    2014-01-01

    The diffusion behavior of Sr, I and Pu in granite was investigated by through-diffusion experiment. the effective diffusion coefficients of Sr, I and Pu in granite at 26 °C were determined to be (1.24±0.03)×10-13 m2/s, (2.88±0.02)×10-13 m2/s and (1.33±0.52)×10-13 m2/s, respectively. It is also...

  16. PuCO基态分子体系的分析势能函数与反应动力学%Analytical Potential Energy Function and Reaction Dynamics for PuCO (Cs,X7A")

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    黄辉; 李权

    2003-01-01

    The electronic state and reasonable dissociation limits are correctly determined base on Atomic and Molecular Reaction Statics (AMRS). Using a relativistc effective core potential (RECP) for Pu, the equilibrium geometry, dissociation energy and harmonic frequencies for PuCO have been calculated using the B3LYP method. The results show that R(PuC)=0.30227 nm, R(CO)=0.10919 nm, ∠PuCO=123.723° and De(PuCO)=12.686 eV, and γ1, γ2 and γ3 are 104.4247, 225.7787 and 2185.7570 cm-1, respectively. Molecular reaction dynamics for the collision Pu(7Fg) + CO (X 1∑+, v=J=0) has been studied based on an analytical potential energy function of PuCO using the Monte Carlo quasi-classical trajectory approach. The results for the collisional process indicate that the main channel is the complex reaction Pu(7Fg) + CO → PuCO ( Cs, X 7A") with no threshold energy, and that the reaction cross section, rwill decrease as the relative translational energy Et increase .%在Pu原子的相对论有效原子实势近似下,用密度泛函B3LYP方法计算得到PuCO基态分子的平衡结构为:RPuC=0.30227 nm, RCO=0.10919 nm,∠PuCO=123.723o, 离解能为12.686 eV, 谐振频率为104.4247,225.7787,2185.7570 cm-1.用多体展式理论得到PuCO基态分子的分析势能函数,根据该分析势能函数,用准经典方法研究PuCO体系的分子反应动力学,结果表明,主要反应通道为生成PuCO分子通道,其反应是无阈能反应.

  17. The plutonium–oxygen phase diagram in the 25–900 °C range: Non-existence of the PuO{sub 1.515} phase

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    Haschke, John M.; Dinh, Long N., E-mail: Dinh1@llnl.gov; McLean, William

    2015-03-15

    Evaluation of data for phases formed in the Pu–O system at temperatures below 900 °C shows that the observed oxides are not at equilibrium. Results are consistent with coexistence of a hexagonal solid solution (hex-PuO{sub 1.5+z}, 0 ⩽ z ⩽ 0.010) and a cubic phase (cub-PuO{sub 1.60}) in equilibrium at 800 °C, but fail to confirm that the O/Pu ratio of the body-centered-cubic (bcc) oxide formed near the sesquioxide composition is 1.515 (1.52) or that bcc-PuO{sub 1.515} is formed by the peritectic reaction of hex-PuO{sub 1.510} with cub-PuO{sub 1.60}. Stable Pu(IV)/Pu(III) ratios observed for products of the Pu–H{sub 2}O reaction correspond to members of the Pu{sub n}O{sub 2n−2} homologous series, but a product is not formed at O/Pu = 1.515. Metastable bcc-PuO{sub 1.50} (n = 4) and stable hex-PuO{sub 1.5+z} coexist below 285 °C, the point at which reversible eutectic decomposition of cubic PuO{sub 1.60} (n = 5) produces a non-equilibrium mixture of bcc-PuO{sub 1.50} and sub-stoichiometric dioxide (PuO{sub 2−y}). Transformation of bcc-PuO{sub 1.50} to stable hex-PuO{sub 1.50} and reactions of the hexagonal oxide to form higher-composition cubic phases are kinetically hindered. An alternative diagram describing non-equilibrium chemical behavior of the Pu–O system is presented.

  18. PuH2分子电子结构的DVM研究%Study on electronic structures of PuH2 with DVM

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    祝生祥; 李锐; 杨修文; 薛春荣

    2003-01-01

    关于钚的氢化物的分子结构和分子光谱公开解密的资料与数据甚少.基于密度泛函理论的全数值自洽场计算方法--离散变分方法(DVM),数值解相对论的Dirac方程,在自由的钚原子和氢原子波函数的数值基及原子能级基础上计算了全电子的PuH2分子电子结构.得到PuH2分子基态最佳参数为键长Pu-H=0.208617nm,键角θ°(H-H)=115.011°,轨道总能量为-19838.6630 a.u.,费米能级EF=-12.571eV. 比较了冻芯与非冻芯全电子计算结果.

  19. Potential of Vetiveria zizanoides L. Nash for phytoremediation of plutonium ((239)Pu): Chelate assisted uptake and translocation.

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    Singh, Shraddha; Fulzele, D P; Kaushik, C P

    2016-10-01

    Plants have demonstrated a great potential to remove toxic elements from soils and solutions and been successfully used for phytoremediation of important radionuclides. Uptake potential of vetiver plants (V. zizanoides) for the remediation of (239)Pu in hydroponic and soil conditions was studied in the present work. High efficiency of V. zizanoides for the removal of (239)Pu was recorded with 66.2% being removed from the hydroponic solution after 30 days. However, remediation of (239)Pu from soil was limited. Remediation of (239)Pu from soil was increased with the addition of chelating agents citric acid (CA) and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). Accumulation of (239)Pu was recorded higher in roots than shoots, however its translocation from roots to shoots increased in the presence of chelators in hydroponic as well as soil conditions. DTPA was found more effective than CA showing higher translocation index (TI). Increase in TI was observed 8 and 6 times in the solution and soil respectively when plants were exposed to (239)Pu-DTPA in comparison to only (239)Pu. The present study demonstrates that V. zizanoides plant is a potential plant for phytoremediation of (239)Pu. PMID:27318195

  20. AMS measurements of global fallout U-236 and Pu in an ombrotrophic peat profile: evidence for their post depositional migration

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    U-236, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241 and Pu-242 were analysed in an ombrotrophic peat core representing the last 80 years of atmospheric deposition. The determination of these isotopes at femtogram and attogram levels was possible by using ultra-clean laboratory procedures and accelerator mass spectrometry. Since the Pu isotopic composition characteristic for global fallout, as well as anthropogenic U-236, were identified in peat samples pre-dating the period of atmospheric atom bomb testing, migration of Pu and U within the peat profile is clearly indicated. The vertical profile of the U-236/U-238 isotopic ratio represents the first observation of the U-236 bomb peak in a terrestrial environment. Comparing the abundances of the global fallout derived U-236 and Pu-239 along the peat core, the post depositional migration of plutonium exceeds that of uranium. These results highlight, for the first time, the mobility of Pu and U in a peat bog with implications for their migration in other acidic, organic rich environments.

  1. Uptake and clearance of /sup 238/Pu from liver cells transplanted into fat pads of Fischer-344 rats

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    This research is directed toward understanding the role of liver cell, organ, and environment in Pu biokinetics. Liver cells were isolated from F-344 rats, injected into fat pads, and allowed 21 days to from cellular colonies. Animals injected with liver cells and control animals received a single intraperitoneal injection of 1 μCi /sup 238/Pu citrate and were serially sacrificed 1, 5, 10, 15, 30, and 60 days after injection. Retention kinetics and distribution of Pu in liver and in liver cells growing in fat pads were determined by both radiochemical measurements and autoradiographic techniques. From these measurements, the half-life of Pu in whole liver was estimated to be about 10 days. There were an average of 0.54 and 0.13 tracks/cell in liver cells at 1 and 30 days after injection, respectively. Liver cells in fat pads contained 0.20 and 0.07 tracks/cell at 1 and 30 days or about 1/3 of the initial concentration of Pu observed in liver. From these studies, it was demonstrated that liver cells placed in a foreign environment contain the information needed to recognize and take up Pu and that they also clear Pu. This model may provide a tool to study the uptake and clearance of Pu from human cells growth in fat pads of nude mice

  2. AMS measurements of global fallout U-236 and Pu in an ombrotrophic peat profile: evidence for their post depositional migration

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    Quinto, Francesca; Hrnecek, Erich; Krachler, Michael [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, 76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Shotyk, William [Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 839 General Services Building, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Steier, Peter; Winkler, Stephan; Golser, Robin [VERA Laboratory, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Waehringer Strasse 17, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2014-07-01

    U-236, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241 and Pu-242 were analysed in an ombrotrophic peat core representing the last 80 years of atmospheric deposition. The determination of these isotopes at femtogram and attogram levels was possible by using ultra-clean laboratory procedures and accelerator mass spectrometry. Since the Pu isotopic composition characteristic for global fallout, as well as anthropogenic U-236, were identified in peat samples pre-dating the period of atmospheric atom bomb testing, migration of Pu and U within the peat profile is clearly indicated. The vertical profile of the U-236/U-238 isotopic ratio represents the first observation of the U-236 bomb peak in a terrestrial environment. Comparing the abundances of the global fallout derived U-236 and Pu-239 along the peat core, the post depositional migration of plutonium exceeds that of uranium. These results highlight, for the first time, the mobility of Pu and U in a peat bog with implications for their migration in other acidic, organic rich environments.

  3. Potential of Vetiveria zizanoides L. Nash for phytoremediation of plutonium ((239)Pu): Chelate assisted uptake and translocation.

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    Singh, Shraddha; Fulzele, D P; Kaushik, C P

    2016-10-01

    Plants have demonstrated a great potential to remove toxic elements from soils and solutions and been successfully used for phytoremediation of important radionuclides. Uptake potential of vetiver plants (V. zizanoides) for the remediation of (239)Pu in hydroponic and soil conditions was studied in the present work. High efficiency of V. zizanoides for the removal of (239)Pu was recorded with 66.2% being removed from the hydroponic solution after 30 days. However, remediation of (239)Pu from soil was limited. Remediation of (239)Pu from soil was increased with the addition of chelating agents citric acid (CA) and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). Accumulation of (239)Pu was recorded higher in roots than shoots, however its translocation from roots to shoots increased in the presence of chelators in hydroponic as well as soil conditions. DTPA was found more effective than CA showing higher translocation index (TI). Increase in TI was observed 8 and 6 times in the solution and soil respectively when plants were exposed to (239)Pu-DTPA in comparison to only (239)Pu. The present study demonstrates that V. zizanoides plant is a potential plant for phytoremediation of (239)Pu.

  4. Analytical Instrument of X-ray Fluorescence Determine Concentration of U and Pu in Organic Solution at the Same Time

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    2011-01-01

    An instrument is developed to measure the concentration of U, Pu and the intensity of gamma ray in samples of 1AP organic phase at the same time. The Ag cold cathode is used to excite L series X-ray fluorescence of U and Pu. The Si-pin detector is

  5. PU-H71 effectively induces degradation of IκB kinase β in the presence of TNF-α.

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    Qu, Zhuling; Wang, Shiduan; Teng, Ruyang; Yi, Xuanlong

    2014-01-01

    This study is to determine if PU-H71, a heat shock protein inhibitor, induces killing of malignant breast cells together with treatment of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). The related molecular mechanisms were also studied. A primary mammary epithelial cell line HMEC2595 cells and the highly metastatic breast cell line MDA-MB-231, the HER2-positive BT-474 cells, and the ER-positive MCF7 cells were treated with PU-H71 in the presence or absence of TNF-α. The effects of PU-H71 and TNF-α treatments on cells viabilities and on intracellular signaling pathway proteins were determined using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, apoptosis assays, immunoblot assays, and luciferase assays. It was found that TNF-α enhances the toxic effects of PU-H71 on tumor cells but not normal cells. PU-H71 treatments lead to degradation of IKKβ. Moreover, PU-H71 down-regulates the NF-κB transcriptional activity induced by TNF-α treatment. The experimental results indicated PU-H71 effectively induces cell killing of malignant breast cells in the presence of TNF-α, possibly through a mechanism related to degradation of IKKβ. It is suggested that combination of PU-H71 and TNF-α treatments might be an effective therapeutic strategy of breast malignancies.

  6. Physical and economical aspects of Pu multiple recycling on the basis of REMIX reprocessing technology in thermal reactors

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    Teplov Pavel S.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The basic strategy of Russian nuclear energy is propagation of a closed fuel cycle on the basis of fast breeder and thermal reactors, as well as the solution of the spent nuclear fuel accumulation and resource problems. The three variants of multiple Pu and U recycling in Russian pressurized water reactor concept reactors on the basis of REgenerated MIXture of U, Pu oxides (REMIX reprocessing technology are considered in this work. The REMIX fuel is fabricated from an unseparated mixture of uranium and plutonium obtained during spent fuel reprocessing with further makeup by enriched natural U or reactor grade Pu. This makes it possible to recycle several times the total amount of Pu obtained from the spent fuel. The main difference in Pu recycling is the concept of 100% or partial fuel loading of the core. The third variant is heterogeneous composition of enriched uranium and uranium–plutonium mixed oxide fuel pins in one fuel assembly. It should be noted that all fuel assemblies with Pu require the involvement of expensive technologies during manufacturing. These three variants of the full core loadings can be balanced on zero Pu accumulation in the cycle. The various physical and economical aspects of Pu and U multiple recycling in selected variants are observed in the given work.

  7. High temperature phase transition of mixed (PuO2 + ThO2) investigated by laser melting

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    Böhler, R.; Cakir, P.; Benes, O.; Hein, H.; Konings, R.J.M.; Manara, D.

    2014-01-01

    A laser heating approach combined with fast pyrometry in a thermal arrest method was used to provide new data for the melting/solidification phase transition in mixed (PuO2 + ThO2) at high temperature. At low concentration of ThO2 in PuO2 a minimum in the solidification temperature in the pseudo bin

  8. A multi-radionuclide approach to evaluate the suitability of (239+240)Pu as soil erosion tracer.

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    Meusburger, Katrin; Mabit, Lionel; Ketterer, Michael; Park, Ji-Hyung; Sandor, Tarjan; Porto, Paolo; Alewell, Christine

    2016-10-01

    Fallout radionuclides have been used successfully worldwide as tracers for soil erosion, but relatively few studies exploit the full potential of plutonium (Pu) isotopes. Hence, this study aims to explore the suitability of the plutonium isotopes (239)Pu and (240)Pu as a method to assess soil erosion magnitude by comparison to more established fallout radionuclides such as (137)Cs and (210)Pbex. As test area an erosion affected headwater catchment of the Lake Soyang (South Korea) was selected. All three fallout radionuclides confirmed high erosion rates for agricultural sites (>25tha(-1)yr(-1)). Pu isotopes further allowed determining the origin of the fallout. Both (240)Pu/(239)Pu atomic ratios and (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios were close to the global fallout ratio. However, the depth profile of the (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios in undisturbed sites showed lower ratios in the top soil increments, which might be due to higher migration rates of (239+240)Pu. The activity ratios further indicated preferential transport of (137)Cs from eroded sites (higher ratio compared to the global fallout) to the depositional sites (smaller ratio). As such the (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratio offered a new approach to parameterize a particle size correction factor that can be applied when both (137)Cs and (239+240)Pu have the same fallout source. Implementing this particle size correction factor in the conversion of (137)Cs inventories resulted in comparable estimates of soil loss for (137)Cs and (239+240)Pu. The comparison among the different fallout radionuclides highlights the suitability of (239+240)Pu through less preferential transport compared to (137)Cs and the possibility to gain information regarding the origin of the fallout. In conclusion, (239+240)Pu is a promising soil erosion tracer, however, since the behaviour i.e. vertical migration in the soil and lateral transport during water erosion was shown to differ from that of (137)Cs, there is a clear

  9. A multi-radionuclide approach to evaluate the suitability of (239+240)Pu as soil erosion tracer.

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    Meusburger, Katrin; Mabit, Lionel; Ketterer, Michael; Park, Ji-Hyung; Sandor, Tarjan; Porto, Paolo; Alewell, Christine

    2016-10-01

    Fallout radionuclides have been used successfully worldwide as tracers for soil erosion, but relatively few studies exploit the full potential of plutonium (Pu) isotopes. Hence, this study aims to explore the suitability of the plutonium isotopes (239)Pu and (240)Pu as a method to assess soil erosion magnitude by comparison to more established fallout radionuclides such as (137)Cs and (210)Pbex. As test area an erosion affected headwater catchment of the Lake Soyang (South Korea) was selected. All three fallout radionuclides confirmed high erosion rates for agricultural sites (>25tha(-1)yr(-1)). Pu isotopes further allowed determining the origin of the fallout. Both (240)Pu/(239)Pu atomic ratios and (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios were close to the global fallout ratio. However, the depth profile of the (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratios in undisturbed sites showed lower ratios in the top soil increments, which might be due to higher migration rates of (239+240)Pu. The activity ratios further indicated preferential transport of (137)Cs from eroded sites (higher ratio compared to the global fallout) to the depositional sites (smaller ratio). As such the (239+240)Pu/(137)Cs activity ratio offered a new approach to parameterize a particle size correction factor that can be applied when both (137)Cs and (239+240)Pu have the same fallout source. Implementing this particle size correction factor in the conversion of (137)Cs inventories resulted in comparable estimates of soil loss for (137)Cs and (239+240)Pu. The comparison among the different fallout radionuclides highlights the suitability of (239+240)Pu through less preferential transport compared to (137)Cs and the possibility to gain information regarding the origin of the fallout. In conclusion, (239+240)Pu is a promising soil erosion tracer, however, since the behaviour i.e. vertical migration in the soil and lateral transport during water erosion was shown to differ from that of (137)Cs, there is a clear

  10. Current levels of Pu isotopes and {sup 137}Cs at the former Soviet Union`s Semipalantisk nuclear test site

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    Yamamoto, M. [Kanazawa Univ., Ishikawa (Japan). Low Level Radioactivity Laboratory; Tsumura, A. [National Inst. of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Ibaraki (Japan); Tsukatani, T. [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Kyoto Institute of Economic Research

    1998-10-01

    This paper is a report on our survey of residual radioactivity in the soil of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in the former USSR. The soil was sampled at approximately 30 sites along the roads connecting Kurchatov City, ground zero for the first USSR nuclear test, Balapan, Degelen Mountain and Salzhal settlement. The radioactivity levels of {sup 137}Cs, {sup 238}Pu and {sup 239,240}Pu as well as the {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratios in the soil were determined. Although {sup 137}Cs was within typical environmental levels except for an area near ground zero, {sup 239,240}Pu was at elevated levels contaminated with weapons-grade plutonium in all areas we visited. (orig.)

  11. Modifying effects of pre-existing fibrosis in rats exposed to aerosols of 239PuO2. II

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    We have initiated a study using rats to determine the modifying effects of pre-existing pulmonary fibrosis on the retention and biological effects of inhaled 239PuO2. Pulmonary fibrosis was induced by intratracheal instillation of 8.5 IU/kg body weight of bleomycin at 45 to 49 days before inhalation exposure to an aerosol of 239PuO2. The clearance of 239Pu from the lungs of rats was decreased significantly (p 239Pu, apparently by entrapping the particles in fibrotic areas of the lung. The life span of the rats with pulmonary fibrosis was decreased by up to 25% compared with control rats having similar initial lung burdens of 239Pu. (author)

  12. New concept of designing Pu and MA containing fuel for fast reactors

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    Savchenko, A. M.; Konovalov, I. I.; Vatulin, A. V.; Glagovsky, E. M.

    2009-03-01

    New type of metal base fuel element is suggested for fast reactors. Basic approach to fuel element development - separated operations of fabricating uranium meat fuel element and introducing into it Pu or MA dioxides powder, that results in minimizing dust forming operations in fuel element fabrication. According to new fuel element design a framework fuel element having a porous uranium alloy meat is filled with standard PuO 2 powder of fuel meat metallurgically bonded to cladding forms a heat conducting framework, pores of which contain PuO 2 powder. Framework fuel element having porous meat is fabricated by capillary impregnation method with the use of Zr eutectic matrix alloys, which provides metallurgical bond between fuel and cladding and protects it from interaction. As compared to MOX fuel the new one features high thermal conductivity, higher uranium content, hence, high conversion ratio does not interact with fuel cladding and is more environmentally clean. Its principle advantage is a simple production process that is easily realized remotely, feasibility of involving high background Pu and MA isotopes into closed nuclear fuel cycle at the minimal influence on environment.

  13. Conceptual designs for a long term 238PuO2 storage vessel

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    This is a report on conceptual designs for a long term, 250 years, storage container for plutonium oxide ([sup 238]PuO[sub 2]). These conceptual designs are based on the use of a quartz filter to release the helium generated during the plutonium decay. In this report a review of filter material selection, design concepts, thermal modeling, and filter performance are discussed

  14. Determination of the 242Pu Branching Ratio via Alpha-Gamma Coincidence

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    Wang, T F

    2012-05-24

    When the burn-up is high, the {sup 242}Pu isotopic content becomes more important. The traditional correlation method will fail. The {sup 242}Pu isotopic content in the sample plays an essential role if the neutron coincidence method is used to quantify the total amount of plutonium. In one of the earlier measurements we had a chance to measure an isotopic pure (> 99.95 %) {sup 242}Pu thick sample and realized that the difference in the branching ratio (BR) value among current nuclear data3) for the two important gamma-rays at 103.5-keV and 158.8-keV. In this study, the thick sample was counted on a 15% ORTEC safeguards type HPGe to further improve BR determination of the 159-keV gamma-ray. Furthermore, we have made a thin {sup 242}Pu sample from the thick sample and performed alpha-gamma coincidence measurements. Our preliminary gamma-ray BR results are 4.37(6) E-4, 2.79(8) E-5, and 2.25(8) E-6 for 44.9-keV, 103.5-keV, and 158.9-keV, respectively.

  15. Melting behavior of mixed U-Pu oxides under oxidizing conditions

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    Strach, Michal; Manara, Dario; Belin, Renaud C.; Rogez, Jacques

    2016-05-01

    In order to use mixed U-Pu oxide ceramics in present and future nuclear reactors, their physical and chemical properties need to be well determined. The behavior of stoichiometric (U,Pu)O2 compounds is relatively well understood, but the effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the fuel performance and stability are often still obscure. In the present work, a series of laser melting experiments were carried out to determine the impact of an oxidizing atmosphere, and in consequence the departure from a stoichiometric composition on the melting behavior of six mixed uranium plutonium oxides with Pu content ranging from 14 to 62 wt%. The starting materials were disks cut from sintered stoichiometric pellets. For each composition we have performed two laser melting experiments in pressurized air, each consisting of four shots of different duration and intensity. During the experiments we recorded the temperature at the surface of the sample with a pyrometer. Phase transitions were qualitatively identified with the help of a reflected blue laser. The observed phase transitions occur at a systematically lower temperature, the lower the Pu content of the studied sample. It is consistent with the fact that uranium dioxide is easily oxidized at elevated temperatures, forming chemical species rich in oxygen, which melt at a lower temperature and are more volatile. To our knowledge this campaign is a first attempt to quantitatively determine the effect of O/M on the melting temperature of MOX.

  16. Studies of the ternary phase diagram U-Pu-O between 1000 and 2000deg C

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    The employment of a high-temperature-diffractometer and of other high-temperature-equipment for the studies of the U-Pu-O system is described. The available equipment was found to be unsuitable for the purpose of this particular project. (orig.) With 11 refs., 2 tabs., 10 figs

  17. Trace metallic impurity analysis of Pu bearing nuclear fuels by AES and associated instrumental set up

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    Radiochemistry Division, BARC, has been carrying out trace metal assay of Pu bearing nuclear fuels and associated materials such as UO2, PuO2, (U,Pu)O2, (U,Pu)C etc. based on Atomic Emission Spectrometry (AES) for more than four decades. AES is used with two different excitation sources, i.e. Direct Current Arc (D.C.Arc) and Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). In the first case, group of metallics viz. Al, B, Be, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, Si, Sn, Ta,V, W and Zn are normally determined by carrier distillation technique, wherein during excitation of the sample in D.C.Arc, the analytes get selectively volatilised leaving behind the matrix in the electrode crater. Thus the sample prior to arcing has to be only directly mixed with the carrier, therefore, resulting in minimum handling of sample, which results in least chance of contamination and greater speed of analysis

  18. R-matrix analysis of the 239Pu cross sections up to 1 keV

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    The results are reported of an R-matrix resonance analysis of the 239Pu neutron cross sections up to 1 keV. After a description of the method of analysis the nearly 1600 resonance parameters obtained are listed and extensive graphical and numerical comparisons between calculated and measured cross-section and transmission date are presented. 47 refs., 47 figs., 8 tabs

  19. Experimental validation of Pu-Sm evolution model for CANDU-6 power transients

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    Development of a methodology to evaluate the reactivity produced by Pu-Sm transient, effect displayed after power transients. This methodology allows to predict the behavior of liquid zones with which the fine control of CANDU reactor power is made. With this information, it is easier to foresee the refueling demand after power movements. The comparison with experimental results showed good agreement. (author)

  20. Determination of the 242Pu Branching Ratio via Alpha-Gamma Coincidence

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    When the burn-up is high, the 242Pu isotopic content becomes more important. The traditional correlation method will fail. The 242Pu isotopic content in the sample plays an essential role if the neutron coincidence method is used to quantify the total amount of plutonium. In one of the earlier measurements we had a chance to measure an isotopic pure (> 99.95 %) 242Pu thick sample and realized that the difference in the branching ratio (BR) value among current nuclear data3) for the two important gamma-rays at 103.5-keV and 158.8-keV. In this study, the thick sample was counted on a 15% ORTEC safeguards type HPGe to further improve BR determination of the 159-keV gamma-ray. Furthermore, we have made a thin 242Pu sample from the thick sample and performed alpha-gamma coincidence measurements. Our preliminary gamma-ray BR results are 4.37(6) E-4, 2.79(8) E-5, and 2.25(8) E-6 for 44.9-keV, 103.5-keV, and 158.9-keV, respectively.

  1. Evaluation of containment failure and cleanup time for Pu shots on the Z machine.

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    Darby, John L.

    2010-02-01

    Between November 30 and December 11, 2009 an evaluation was performed of the probability of containment failure and the time for cleanup of contamination of the Z machine given failure, for plutonium (Pu) experiments on the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Due to the unique nature of the problem, there is little quantitative information available for the likelihood of failure of containment components or for the time to cleanup. Information for the evaluation was obtained from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) at the Z machine facility. The SMEs provided the State of Knowledge (SOK) for the evaluation. There is significant epistemic- or state of knowledge- uncertainty associated with the events that comprise both failure of containment and cleanup. To capture epistemic uncertainty and to allow the SMEs to reason at the fidelity of the SOK, we used the belief/plausibility measure of uncertainty for this evaluation. We quantified two variables: the probability that the Pu containment system fails given a shot on the Z machine, and the time to cleanup Pu contamination in the Z machine given failure of containment. We identified dominant contributors for both the time to cleanup and the probability of containment failure. These results will be used by SNL management to decide the course of action for conducting the Pu experiments on the Z machine.

  2. Yield-Energy Evaluation of 85Kr of 239Pu+n Fission

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    2008-01-01

    <正>The yields of 85Kr, the important production of the 239Pu fission, were re-evaluated over the incident neutron energy 1-15 MeV, based upon all the experimental data. The yields as function of energ

  3. Precipitation of anionic nitrato complexes of Ce4+ and Pu4+ with cetylpyridinium nitrate

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    Anionic nitrato complexes of Ce4+ and Pu4+ react with cetylpyridinium nitrate under formation of sparingly soluble salts. Depending on the pH, both metals are precipitated as hexanitrato complexes or octanitrato complexes or as the corresponding double salts. (Author)

  4. Base case short-term Pu-oxide store. 2. Pt

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    This paper describes the interim storage of plutonium oxide after its conversion from plutonium nitrate and before fabrication into fuel elements. The capacity of the store is 3 tons Pu. A description of the major handling, criticality, maintenance and physical protection philosophy is given, together with comments on the safety of the store and its impact on the environment

  5. Financing evaluation of the Pu spiking project in the Argentine nuclear power plants

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    The present work pretends to evaluate the benefits that may be obtained from changing the natural uranium cycle that is presently used instead of that of Pu spiking which consists in changing a few elements with mixed oxides fuel with the plutonium reprocessed from all the fuel elements on the periphery of the reactor, maintaining the actual reactor's operating conditions. (Author)

  6. /sup 238/Pu fuel form processes quarterly report, April-June 1980

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    Folger, R. L.

    1980-06-01

    Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) completed the development of a production process to fabricate /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ fuel forms for the GPHS. The fabrication flowsheet was based on a flowsheet originally developed at Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory (LANSL). A summary report of the SRL process development effort is presented.

  7. Influence of thermal and resonance neutron on fast neutron flux measurement by Pu-239 fission chamber

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    zeng, Lina; Song, Lingli; Zheng, Chun

    2014-01-01

    The Pu-239 fission chambers are widely used to measure fission spectrum neutron flux due to a flat response to fast neutrons. However, in the mean time the resonance and thermal neutrons can cause a significant influence on the measurement if they are moderated, which could be eliminated by using B and Cd covers. At a column enriched uranium fast neutron critical assembly, the fission reaction rates of Pu-239 are measured as 1.791*10-16,2.350*10-16 and 1.385*10-15 per second for 15mm thick B cover, 0.5mm thick Cd cover, and no cover respectively. While the fission reaction rate of Pu-239 is rapidly increased to 2.569*10-14 for a 20mm thick polythene covering fission chamber. The average Pu-239 fission cross-section of thermal and resonance neutrons is calculated to be 500b and 24.95b with the assumption of 1/v and 1/E spectra respectively, then thermal, resonance and fast neutron flux are achieved to be 2.30*106,2.24*106 and 1.04*108cm-2s-1.

  8. Pre-separation of U, Np, Pu in 1AW Samplefor XRF Analysis

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    DENG; Wei-qin; TAN; Shu-ping; TAO; Miao-miao; WU; Ji-zong

    2013-01-01

    1AW is the liquid waste of the first separation unit of Purex process.The analysis of U,Np,Pu in1AW contributes to some key points,such as,the recovery of plutonium and uranium,the distribution of neptunium,the control of process.Due to the high radioactivity of 1AW,which accumulated the most

  9. New measurement of the 242Pu(n,γ cross section at n_TOF

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of MOX fuel (mixed-oxide fuel made of UO2 and PuO2 in nuclear reactors allows substituting a large fraction of the enriched Uranium by Plutonium reprocessed from spent fuel. With the use of such new fuel composition rich in Pu, a better knowledge of the capture and fission cross sections of the Pu isotopes becomes very important. In particular, a new series of cross section evaluations have been recently carried out jointly by the European (JEFF and United States (ENDF nuclear data agencies. For the case of 242Pu, the two only neutron capture time-of-flight measurements available, from 1973 and 1976, are not consistent with each other, which calls for a new time-of flight capture cross section measurement. In order to contribute to a new evaluation, we have perfomed a neutron capture cross section measurement at the n_TOF-EAR1 facility at CERN using four C6D6 detectors, using a high purity target of 95 mg. The preliminary results assessing the quality and limitations (background, statistics and γ-flash effects of this new experimental data are presented and discussed, taking into account that the aimed accuracy of the measurement ranges between 7% and 12% depending on the neutron energy region.

  10. A Density Functional Study of Atomic Carbon Adsorption on δ-Pu(111)Surface

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    WEI Hong-Yuan; XIONG Xiao-Ling; SONG Hong-Tao; LUO Shun-Zhong

    2010-01-01

    @@ Adsorption of atomic carbon on δ-Pu(111)surface is investigated systematically using density functional theory with RPBE functional.The adsorption energies,adsorption structures,Mulliken population,work functions,layer and projected density of states are calculated in wide ranges of coverage,which have never been studied before as far as we know.

  11. Modeling of delta-phase stabilization and compositional homogenization in Pu-1 wt. % Ga alloys

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    In this study, we present the results of analytical models that have been used to determine the homogenization characteristics of Pu-Ga alloys. Modeling methods include modified thin film, residual segregation index, and several separation-of-variables solutions to Fick's Second Law

  12. Analysis of Pu, Am, and Sr radioisotopes in samples from aged nuclear test sites

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    During the period December 1978 to January 1980 desert vegetation and small-animal samples from the aged nuclear site areas were analyzed for gamma emitters and 90Sr, 238Pu, /sup 239-240/Pu, and 241Am. Special analyses were performed on soil samples. Some of the radioanalytical procedures used during this period differed from those used on previous NAEG samples. For small-animal samples, the major change was the separation of Pu and Sr from 241Am and 90Y as a group. Both Am and Y were purified together as a group and then separated on an HNO3-methanol anion exchange resin column. The Am and Y fractions were then separately processed to the proper form for measurement of their respective radioactivities. The 90Y activity measurement was used to calculate the 90Sr concentration. Desert vegetation samples were processed essentially as before, except for the modification for 90Sr analysis. After Pu separation, the 90Sr activity was determined using the 85Sr tracer yield technique followed by an yttrium milk procedure. 11 references, 2 figures, 5 tables

  13. Isotopic composition and distribution of plutonium in northern South China Sea sediments revealed continuous release and transport of Pu from the Marshall Islands.

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    Wu, Junwen; Zheng, Jian; Dai, Minhan; Huh, Chih-An; Chen, Weifang; Tagami, Keiko; Uchida, Shigeo

    2014-03-18

    The (239+240)Pu activities and (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios in sediments of the northern South China Sea and its adjacent Pearl River Estuary were determined to examine the spatial and temporal variations of Pu inputs. We clarified that Pu in the study area is sourced from a combination of global fallout and close-in fallout from the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands where above-ground nuclear weapons testing was carried out during the period of 1952-1958. The latter source dominated the Pu input in the 1950s, as evidenced by elevated (240)Pu/(239)Pu atom ratios (>0.30) in a dated sediment core. Even after the 1950s, the Pacific Proving Grounds was still a dominant Pu source due to continuous transport of remobilized Pu from the Marshall Islands, about 4500 km away, along the North Equatorial Current followed by the transport of the Kuroshio current and its extension into the South China Sea through the Luzon Strait. Using a simple two end-member mixing model, we have quantified the contributions of Pu from the Pacific Proving Grounds to the northern South China Sea shelf and the Pearl River Estuary are 68% ± 1% and 30% ± 5%, respectively. This study also confirmed that there were no clear signals of Pu from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident impacting the South China Sea.

  14. Crystallography and magnetic properties of transuranium element oxygen compounds (Np, Pu and Am)

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    This paper includes: 1) The brief description of the experimental techniques used for analyzing very small quantities of solid radioactive compounds (differential thermal micro-analyses, diffraction of X rays, magnetic susceptibility and Moessbauer resonance). 2) The methods of synthesis of the ternary oxides of transuranic elements at oxidation degrees III (Pu2MoO6, Pu2WO6, Pu2(WO4)3, Am2MoO6, Am2WO6, Am2(MoO4)3 and Am2(WO4)3) and at degree IV (Np(VO3)4, Np(MoO4)2, Np(WO4)2 and Pu(MoO4)2). The drawing up of liquid-solid balance diagrams enabled the field of stability of molybdate (or tungstate) systems of alkaline transuranic - mobybdates (or tungstates) to be clarified. 3) The study of the structural properties of the identified phases. These results taken as a whole made it possible to establish a ''comparative crystal - chemistry'' of the oxigenated phases of Np, Pu and Am with those of the thorium and uranium actinide elements and with the rare earths of adjacent ionic radius. 4) The Moessbauer resonance study of 237Np in the solid solution Usub(1-x)Npsub(x)O2 (0 < x <= 1). The analysis of the results obtained is the subject of Part IV of the manuscript. 5) The effects of alpha self-irradiation mentioned in the last part show that it is necessary to gather fresh information on the condensed phases containing heavy radioactive atoms

  15. Oxygen diffusion in UO2+x and (U,Pu)O2+-x

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    Andersson, Anders D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Liu, Xiang-Yang [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-05-03

    In the first part of this report we revisit an earlier study of oxygen diffusion in UO{sub 2+x}, in which we used density functional theory (DFT) calculations to parameterize a kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) model. The results from these earlier kMC simulations are reproduced in Fig. 1 and they indicate fairly good agreement with available experiments. This work was later expanded to include a larger temperature range. However, since the publication of this study there have been a number of advancements in DFT methodology for UO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2+x} providing increased accuracy. We have also gained better understanding of the oxygen clustering phenomena occurring in UO{sub 2+x}. For these two reasons, the DFT calculations of the migration barriers of single oxygen interstitials and di-interstitial clusters have been repeated using the LDA+U and GGA+U methodologies. The earlier study used regular GGA and, even though this method captures similar trends as the more advanced LDA+U and GGA+U techniques, it does not fulfill the quantitative requirements set by some applications. Additionally, we have identified a mechanism for the most stable quad-interstitial clusters to migrate and here we calculate the corresponding barriers within both the LDA+U and GGA+U methodologies. The new LDA+U and GGA+U data sets are analyzed in terms of available experiments. In the second part of this report we present initial results for the impact of Pu on oxygen diffusion in UO{sub 2}. The first step in understanding this process is to calculate the binding energies of oxygen vacancies and interstitials to a Pu ion in the UO{sub 2} matrix. Possible diffusion mechanisms are discussed for (U,Pu)O{sub 2-x}, (U,Pu)O{sub 2} and (U,Pu)O{sub 2+x}.

  16. Microbially produced extracellular poly-saccharidic Pu(IV)- binding ligands

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    Full text of publication follows: The investigation of the Pu-binding properties of ligands for diverse extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) is of relevance for the quantitative understanding of colloidal barriers to radionuclide migration. The EPS isolated for this study were from four different bacteria species: a) two aerobic soil bacteria: Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 and Pseudomonas fluorescens Biovar II; and b) one anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium sp. BC1. EPS from these bacteria were isolated through repeated ethanol precipitations. The neutral monosaccharides in the EPS from Pseudomonas florescens Biovar II that were determined by GC-MS consisted of rhamnose, fucose, ribose, arabinose, xylose, mannose, galactose and glucose. The potentially Pu(IV) binding EPS ligands were mainly composed of carboxylic acids and other minor poly-anionic groups, e.g., sulphates and phosphates. Up to 70 % of total carbohydrates were hydrophilic uronic acids, and total carbohydrates made up 23-31% of organic carbon for P. florescens Biovar II and 9-17% of organic carbon for S. putrefaciens CN32. Besides the neutral and acidic sugars in the EPS, there were also 2-13 % of more hydrophobic proteins among these bacterial EPS. Pu binding to these exo-polymers showed log Kd values of about 5 - 6, with results strongly dependent on procedural details (e.g., removal of colloids in Pu(IV) tracer and reagent solutions). We hypothesize that the relative hydrophobicity of the EPS ligands affects the outcome in ternary sorption studies with colloidal silica. Experiments with varying relative hydrophobicities of EPS will elucidate the different sorption strengths and/or attachment potentials of the Pu-binding ligands to inorganic surfaces. (authors)

  17. European roe deer antlers as an environmental archive for fallout (236)U and (239)Pu.

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    Froehlich, M B; Steier, P; Wallner, G; Fifield, L K

    2016-01-01

    Anthropogenic (236)U and (239)Pu were measured in European roe deer antlers hunted between 1955 and 1977 which covers and extends beyond the period of intensive nuclear weapons testing (1954-1962). The antlers were hunting trophies, and hence the hunting area, the year of shooting and the approximate age of each animal is given. Uranium and plutonium are known to deposit in skeletal tissue. Since antler histology is similar to bone, both elements were expected in antlers. Furthermore, roe deer shed their antlers annually, and hence antlers may provide a time-resolved environmental archive for fallout radionuclides. The radiochemical procedure is based on a Pu separation step by anion exchange (Dowex 1 × 8) and a subsequent U purification by extraction chromatography using UTEVA(®). The samples were measured by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at the VERA facility (University of Vienna). In addition to the (236)U and (239)Pu concentrations, the (240)Pu/(239)Pu isotopic ratios were determined with a mean value of 0.172 ± 0.023 which is in agreement with the ratio of global fallout (∼0.18). Rather high (236)U/(238)U ratios of the order of 10(-6) were observed. These measured ratios, where the (236)U arises only from global fallout, have implications for the use of the (236)U/(238)U ratio as a fingerprint for nuclear accidents or releases from nuclear facilities. Our investigations have shown the potential to use antlers as a temporally resolved archive for the uptake of actinides from the environment. PMID:26119579

  18. Microbially produced extracellular poly-saccharidic Pu(IV)- binding ligands

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    Hung, C.C.; Roberts, K.A.; Schwehr, K.A.; Santschi, P.H. [Texas A and M University at Galveston, 5007 Ave U, Galveston, TX 77551 (United States)

    2005-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: The investigation of the Pu-binding properties of ligands for diverse extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) is of relevance for the quantitative understanding of colloidal barriers to radionuclide migration. The EPS isolated for this study were from four different bacteria species: a) two aerobic soil bacteria: Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 and Pseudomonas fluorescens Biovar II; and b) one anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium sp. BC1. EPS from these bacteria were isolated through repeated ethanol precipitations. The neutral monosaccharides in the EPS from Pseudomonas florescens Biovar II that were determined by GC-MS consisted of rhamnose, fucose, ribose, arabinose, xylose, mannose, galactose and glucose. The potentially Pu(IV) binding EPS ligands were mainly composed of carboxylic acids and other minor poly-anionic groups, e.g., sulphates and phosphates. Up to 70 % of total carbohydrates were hydrophilic uronic acids, and total carbohydrates made up 23-31% of organic carbon for P. florescens Biovar II and 9-17% of organic carbon for S. putrefaciens CN32. Besides the neutral and acidic sugars in the EPS, there were also 2-13 % of more hydrophobic proteins among these bacterial EPS. Pu binding to these exo-polymers showed log Kd values of about 5 - 6, with results strongly dependent on procedural details (e.g., removal of colloids in Pu(IV) tracer and reagent solutions). We hypothesize that the relative hydrophobicity of the EPS ligands affects the outcome in ternary sorption studies with colloidal silica. Experiments with varying relative hydrophobicities of EPS will elucidate the different sorption strengths and/or attachment potentials of the Pu-binding ligands to inorganic surfaces. (authors)

  19. European roe deer antlers as an environmental archive for fallout (236)U and (239)Pu.

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    Froehlich, M B; Steier, P; Wallner, G; Fifield, L K

    2016-01-01

    Anthropogenic (236)U and (239)Pu were measured in European roe deer antlers hunted between 1955 and 1977 which covers and extends beyond the period of intensive nuclear weapons testing (1954-1962). The antlers were hunting trophies, and hence the hunting area, the year of shooting and the approximate age of each animal is given. Uranium and plutonium are known to deposit in skeletal tissue. Since antler histology is similar to bone, both elements were expected in antlers. Furthermore, roe deer shed their antlers annually, and hence antlers may provide a time-resolved environmental archive for fallout radionuclides. The radiochemical procedure is based on a Pu separation step by anion exchange (Dowex 1 × 8) and a subsequent U purification by extraction chromatography using UTEVA(®). The samples were measured by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at the VERA facility (University of Vienna). In addition to the (236)U and (239)Pu concentrations, the (240)Pu/(239)Pu isotopic ratios were determined with a mean value of 0.172 ± 0.023 which is in agreement with the ratio of global fallout (∼0.18). Rather high (236)U/(238)U ratios of the order of 10(-6) were observed. These measured ratios, where the (236)U arises only from global fallout, have implications for the use of the (236)U/(238)U ratio as a fingerprint for nuclear accidents or releases from nuclear facilities. Our investigations have shown the potential to use antlers as a temporally resolved archive for the uptake of actinides from the environment.

  20. Co-electrospun blends of PU and PEG as potential biocompatible scaffolds for small-diameter vascular tissue engineering

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    Wang, Heyun [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shihezi University, Beisi Road, Shihezi 830002 (China); Feng, Yakai, E-mail: fengyakai@yahoo.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Weijin Road 92, Tianjin 300072 (China); Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering of Ministry of Education, Tianjin University, Weijin Road 92, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin University-GKSS Research Centre, Joint Laboratory for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Weijin Road 92, 300072 Tianjin (China); Fang, Zichen; Yuan, Wenjie; Khan, Musammir [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Weijin Road 92, Tianjin 300072 (China); Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering of Ministry of Education, Tianjin University, Weijin Road 92, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2012-12-01

    A small-diameter vascular graft (inner diameter 4 mm) was fabricated from polyurethane (PU) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) solutions by blend electrospinning technology. The fiber diameter decreased from 1023 {+-} 185 nm to 394 {+-} 106 nm with the increasing content of PEG in electrospinning solutions. The hybrid PU/PEG scaffolds showed randomly nanofibrous morphology, high porosity and well-interconnected porous structure. The hydrophilicity of these scaffolds had been improved significantly with the increasing contents of PEG. The mechanical properties of electrospun hybrid PU/PEG scaffolds were obviously different from that of PU scaffold, which was caused by plasticizing or hardening effect imparted by PEG composition. Under hydrated state, the hybrid PU/PEG scaffolds demonstrated low mechanical performance due to the hydrophilic property of materials. Compared with dry PU/PEG scaffolds with the same content of PEG, the tensile strength and elastic modulus of hydrated PU/PEG scaffolds decreased significantly, while the elongation at break increased. The hybrid PU/PEG scaffolds demonstrated a lower possibility of thrombi formation than blank PU scaffold in platelet adhesion test. The hemolysis assay illustrated that all scaffolds could act as blood contacting materials. To investigate further in vitro cytocompatibility, HUVECs were seeded on the scaffolds and cultured over 14 days. The cells could attach and proliferate well on the hybrid scaffolds than blank PU scaffold, and form a cell monolayer fully covering on the PU/PEG (80/20) hybrid scaffold surface. The results demonstrated that the electrospun hybrid PU/PEG tubular scaffolds possessed the special capacity with excellent hemocompatibility while simultaneously supporting extensive endothelialization with the 20 and 30% content of PEG in hybrid scaffolds. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We develop small-diameter vascular grafts made of PU and PEG by electrospinning. Black

  1. PU/SBA-15介孔分子筛复合材料的制备及性能研究%Study on Preparation and Properties of PU/Zeolite SBA-15 Composites

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    张鑫; 佟玉超; 李海艳; 吕志平

    2013-01-01

    采用预聚法制备聚氨酯(PU)/SBA-15介孔分子筛复合材料,并采用DSC、SEM、DMA和TG等方法对复合材料进行表征.结果表明,PU/SBA-15分子筛复合材料与纯聚氨酯相比,拉伸强度有所提高,耐撕裂性能明显增大;复合材料的耐热性能和耐溶剂性能提高不明显;SBA-15分子筛对聚氨酯软硬段的微相分离影响较小.%The polyurethane(PU)/zeolite SBA-15 composites were prepared by prepolymerization method and characterized by DSC, SEM, DMA and TG. The result showed that, compared with the pure PU, PU/zeolite SBA-15 composites showed an increasing of tensile strength and tear-resistance property. The heat-resistance property and solvent resistance property of PU/zeolite SBA-15 composites were not increased obviously. The zeolite SBA-15 had not the obvious effect for microphase separation of PU hard segments and soft segments.

  2. The Solubility of 242PuO2 in the Presence of Aqueous Fe(II): The Impact of Precipitate Preparation

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    Felmy, Andrew R.; Moore, Dean A.; Buck, Edgar C.; Conradson, Steven D.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Sweet, Lucas E.; Abrecht, David G.; Ilton, Eugene S.

    2014-01-28

    The solubility of different forms of precipitated 242PuO2(am) were examined in solutions containing aqueous Fe(II) over a range of pH values. The first series of 242PuO2(am) suspensions were prepared from a 242Pu(IV) stock that had been treated with thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) to remove the 241Am originating from the decay of 241Pu. These 242PuO2(am) suspensions showed much higher solubilities at the same pH value and Fe(II) concentration than previous studies using 239PuO2(am). X ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy of the precipitates showed a substantially reduced Pu-Pu backscatter over that previously observed in 242PuO2(am) precipitates, indicating that the 242PuO2(am) precipitates purified using TTA lacked the long range order previously found in 239PuO2(am) precipitates. The Pu(IV) stock solution was subsequently repurified using an ion exchange resin and an additional series of 242PuO2(am) precipitates prepared. These suspensions showed higher redox potentials and total aqueous Pu concentrations than the TTA purified stock solution. The higher redox potential and aqueous Pu concentrations were in general agreement with previous studies on 242PuO2(am) precipitates, presumably due to the removal of possible organic compounds originally present in the TTA purified stock. 242PuO2(am) suspensions prepared with both stock solutions showed almost identical solubilities in Fe(II) containing solutions even though the initial aqueous Pu concentrations before the addition of Fe(II) were orders of magnitude different. By examining the solubility of 242PuO2(am) prepared from both stocks in this way we have essentially approached equilibrium from both the undersaturated and oversaturated

  3. The solubility of {sup 242}PuO{sub 2} in the presence of aqueous Fe(II). The impact of precipitate preparation

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    Felmy, Andrew R.; Moore, Dean A.; Buck, Edgar; Kukkadapu, Ravi; Sweet, Lucas; Abrecht, David; Ilton, Eugene S. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States); Conrados, Steven D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-07-01

    The solubility of different forms of precipitated {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) were examined in solutions containing aqueous Fe(II) over a range of pH values. The first series of {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) suspensions were prepared from a {sup 242}Pu(IV) stock that had been treated with thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) to remove the {sup 241}Am originating from the decay of {sup 241}Pu. These {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) suspensions showed much higher solubilities at the same pH value and Fe(II) concentration than previous studies using {sup 239}PuO{sub 2}(am). X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy of the precipitates showed a substantially reduced Pu-Pu backscatter over that previously observed in {sup 239}PuO{sub 2}(am) precipitates, indicating that the {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) precipitates purified using TTA lacked the long range order previously found in{sup 239}PuO{sub 2}(am) precipitates. The Pu(IV) stock solution was subsequently re-purified using an ion exchange resin and an additional series of {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) precipitates prepared. These suspensions showed higher redox potentials and total aqueous Pu concentrations than the TTA purified stock solution. The higher redox potential and aqueous Pu concentrations were in general agreement with previous studies on {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) precipitates, presumably due to the removal of possible organic compounds originally present in the TTA purified stock. {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) suspensions prepared with both stock solutions showed almost identical solubilities in Fe(II) containing solutions even though the initial aqueous Pu concentrations before the addition of Fe(II) were orders of magnitude different. By examining the solubility of {sup 242}PuO{sub 2}(am) prepared from both stocks in this way we have essentially approached equilibrium from both the undersaturated and oversaturated conditions. The final aqueous Pu concentrations are predictable using a chemical equilibrium model which includes the

  4. Nuclear structure of 241Pu from neutron-capture, (d,p)-, and (d,t)-reaction measurements

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    We report experimental measurements in 241Pu of the following: primary and secondary γ rays and conversion electrons from thermal neutron capture in 240Pu;γ rays from 245Cm α decay; proton and triton spectra, respectively, from (d,p) and (d,t) reactions on 240Pu and 242Pu targets. From these data and those of other investigations, we have identified 53 excited levels in 241Pu below 1400 keV. Of these, 44 are placed in 10 rotational bands (with connecting transitions) that have been assigned Nilsson configurations. For the bands below 1 MeV in 241Pu that are largely of single-particle character, there is good correspondence with similar bands in 239U and with the theoretical model of Gareev et al. For those bands in 241Pu where there is mixing between single-particle and vibrational modes, we find some significant deviations from theoretical predictions. For example, the (5) /(2) [622]circle-times 0- state at 519 keV appears to mix less with other states than predicted, while a trio of Kπ= (1) /(2) - bands show unexpected mixing patterns. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  5. A method for estimation of Pu-isotopes in urine samples using TEVA resin and alpha spectrometry

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    The conventional method used for estimation of Pu-isotopes in urine samples involves anion exchange resin followed by alpha spectrometry, which takes nearly one working week for complete sample analysis. Since the results of the analysis form an important input for decision making by the plant authorities, it is always preferable to reduce overall analysis time for the estimation of Pu-isotopes in bioassay samples. This paper deals with standardization of a relatively faster method for estimation of Pu-isotopes in bioassay samples using TEVA resin and 236Pu tracer for radiochemical recovery. The method involves oxidation of urine followed by co-precipitation of plutonium along with calcium phosphate and separation of Pu was carried out using TEVA resin. Pu-fraction was electrodeposited and activity estimated using tracer recovery by alpha spectrometer. Routine urine samples of radiation workers were analyzed and consistent radiochemical tracer recovery was obtained in the range 65-87 % with a mean and SD of 75 and 7.4 %, respectively. The standardized chromatographic technique reduces the analysis time by about 1 day as compared to conventional method for estimation of Pu-isotopes in urine samples. (author)

  6. Genetic mapping, marker assisted selection and allelic relationships for the Pu 6 gene conferring rust resistance in sunflower.

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    Bulos, Mariano; Vergani, Pablo Nicolas; Altieri, Emiliano

    2014-09-01

    Rust resistance in the sunflower line P386 is controlled by Pu 6 , a gene which was reported to segregate independently from other rust resistant genes, such as R 4 . The objectives of this work were to map Pu 6 , to provide and validate molecular tools for its identification, and to determine the linkage relationship of Pu 6 and R 4 . Genetic mapping of Pu 6 with six markers covered 24.8 cM of genetic distance on the lower end of linkage Group 13 of the sunflower consensus map. The marker most closely linked to Pu 6 was ORS316 at 2.5 cM in the distal position. ORS316 presented five alleles when was assayed with a representative set of resistant and susceptible lines. Allelism test between Pu 6 and R 4 indicated that both genes are linked at a genetic distance of 6.25 cM. This is the first confirmation based on an allelism test that at least two members of the R adv /R 4 /R 11 / R 13a /R 13b /Pu 6 cluster of genes are at different loci. A fine elucidation of the architecture of this complex locus will allow designing and constructing completely new genomic regions combining genes from different resistant sources and the elimination of the linkage drag around each resistant gene.

  7. The determination of Pu-241 by liquid scintillation counting in the environment of the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center

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    A procedure was developed to measure Pu-241 by liquid scintillation counting. Sample preparation was performed by electroplating of plutonium on stainless steel planchets. To correct the selfabsorption the linear dependence of counting efficiency in the liquid scintillation counter and the resolution in the α-spectrometer was used. The determination of Pu-238, Pu-239+240 and Pu-241 was performed in soil and plant samples and in depth profiles in soil in the second main-wind direction as measured near the WAK. The dilution of plutonium isotopes in the River Old Rhine was measured until 13.5 km downstreams from the release of liquid effluents of the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center. The Pu-241 concentrations in soil ranged from <80 until 35000 fCi/g dry. In plant values up till 8100 fCi/g dry were measured. In the River Old Rhine the Pu-241 concentrations were between <110 and 16.200 fCi/l. The activity ratios Pu-241/Pu-239+240 in soil samples were about 12 near the WAK and about 61 in larger distances. The first value agrees very well with the ration expected in plutonium from nuclear weapon fallout. The higher value represents an additional contamination by nuclear installations. The mean value in plants was 33 and in the River Old Rhine 56. The standard deviations of the measured activity ratios are very large. The dose exposure of the environmental population of the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center caused be released Pu-241 is negligible low. (orig./HP)

  8. Pu(VI) hydrolysis: further evidence for a dimeric plutonyl hydroxide and contrasts with U(VI) chemistry.

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    Reilly, Sean D; Neu, Mary P

    2006-02-20

    A significant fraction of plutonium that is soluble in environmental waters and other aqueous solutions can be present as complexes of plutonyl, PuO2(2+). Few thermodynamic data are available for this ion, representing a problematic gap in plutonium chemistry and in the forecasting of radionuclide behavior under contamination and nuclear repository conditions. To address this need and more accurately determine the stoichiometry and stability of the basic hydrolytic products, we completed complimentary potentiometric and spectrophotometric studies of plutonium(VI) hydrolysis over the concentration range of 10(-2) to 10(-5) M Pu(VI). Dinuclear hydroxide species (PuO2)2(OH)2(2+) and (PuO2)2(OH)4(0)(aq) with hydrolysis constants log beta(2,2) = -7.79 +/- 0.20 and log beta(4,2) = -19.3 +/- 0.5 are indicated in all experiments of millimolar Pu(VI), 0.10 M NaNO3 solutions at 25 degrees C. At lower Pu(VI) concentrations, at and below 10(-4) M, the monomeric species PuO2OH+ and PuO2(OH)2(0)(aq) form with hydrolysis constants of log beta(1,1) = -5.76 +/- 0.07 and log beta(2,1) = -11.69 +/- 0.05, respectively. Distinct optical absorbance bands at 842 and 845 nm are reported for the mononuclear and dinuclear first hydrolysis species. Standard hydrolysis constants at zero ionic strength were calculated from the experimentally determined constants using the specific ion interaction theory. The Pu(VI) hydrolysis species and constants are compared with results from previous studies for plutonium and uranium. Major differences between uranyl and plutonyl hydrolysis are described. PMID:16472001

  9. Characterization of U/Pu particles originating from the nuclear weapon accidents at Palomares, Spain, 1966 and Thule, Greenland, 1968.

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    Lind, O C; Salbu, B; Janssens, K; Proost, K; García-León, M; García-Tenorio, R

    2007-04-15

    Following the USAF B-52 bomber accidents at Palomares, Spain in 1966 and at Thule, Greenland in 1968, radioactive particles containing uranium (U) and plutonium (Pu) were dispersed into the environment. To improve long-term environmental impact assessments for the contaminated ecosystems, particles from the two sites have been isolated and characterized with respect to properties influencing particle weathering rates. Low (239)Pu/(235)U (0.62-0.78) and (240)Pu/(239)Pu (0.055-0.061) atom ratios in individual particles from both sites obtained by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) show that the particles contain highly enriched U and weapon-grade Pu. Furthermore, results from electron microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and synchrotron radiation (SR) based micrometer-scale X-ray fluorescence (micro-XRF) 2D mapping demonstrated that U and Pu coexist throughout the 1-50 microm sized particles, while surface heterogeneities were observed in EDX line scans. SR-based micrometer-scale X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectroscopy (micro-XANES) showed that the particles consisted of an oxide mixture of U (predominately UO(2) with the presence of U(3)O(8)) and Pu ((III)/(IV), (IV)/(V) or (III), (IV) and (V)). Neither metallic U or Pu nor uranyl or Pu(VI) could be observed. Characteristics such as elemental distributions, morphology and oxidation states are remarkably similar for the Palomares and Thule particles, reflecting that they originate from similar source and release scenarios. Thus, these particle characteristics are more dependent on the original material from which the particles are derived (source) and the formation of particles (release scenario) than the environmental conditions to which the particles have been exposed since the late 1960s. PMID:17336369

  10. 用于PU-RIM体系的氢化MDI改性研究%Research on modification of hydrogenated MDI used for PU-RIM system

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    董火成; 孙嘉鹏; 朱小树; 李宁

    2015-01-01

    研究了4,4'-二环己基甲烷二异氰酸酯(氢化MDI)的混合改性配方和改性工艺条件.在确定的配方和工艺条件下制得的混合改性氢化MDI储存稳定,耐低温性好.用改性氢化MDI制得的聚氨酯反应注射成型(PU-RIM)材料性能优越,耐光老化性能优良,可满足汽车外饰件的要求.

  11. Studies on the complexation of Pu(IV) with water soluble polymer containing quaternary amine functional group and its recovery by ultrafiltration

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    A polymer of required molecular size with quaternary amine functional moiety was prepared by radiation induced polymerization of aqueous monomer. This synthesized WSP was investigated for its complexation behavior with Pu(IV) at different concentrations of HNO3 and NaNO3 in the aqueous solutions using ultrafiltration technique. About 70 - 80% of Pu is getting retained by WSP at around 7 M concentration of NO3- in the aqueous feed solution. The reuse of WSP for more loading of Pu(IV) and decomplexing of Pu from WSP-Pu(IV) was also tested. (author)

  12. Evaluation both level and 239+240Pu spatial contamination of the Lira object and the neighbouring areas

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    In the work the generalization of considerable data collection for revealing of 239+240Pu content range discriminative for Lira object and neighbouring areas is carried out. 239+240Pu mean specific activity in the soil cover surface and in the Berezovka River bottom sedimentations are determined. The correlation dependence between 239+240Pu artificial radionuclides and 137Cs is revealed. The general source of artificial radionuclide origination for examined isotopes is shown up, and it is related with global radioactive fallout

  13. The interplay between the master transcription factor PU.1 and miR-424 regulates human monocyte/macrophage differentiation

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    Rosa, A.; Ballarino, M.; Sorrentino, A; Sthandier, O.; De Angelis, F. G.; Marchioni, M; Masella, B; Guarini, A.; Fatica, A.; Peschle, C; Bozzoni, I

    2007-01-01

    We describe a pathway by which the master transcription factor PU.1 regulates human monocyte/macrophage differentiation. This includes miR-424 and the transcriptional factor NFI-A. We show that PU.1 and these two components are interlinked in a finely tuned temporal and regulatory circuitry: PU.1 activates the transcription of miR-424, and this up-regulation is involved in stimulating monocyte differentiation through miR-424-dependent translational repression of NFI-A. In turn, the decrease i...

  14. On atomization of europium and dysprosium in U-Pu matrix after chemical separation using GF-AAS technique

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    Direct analysis of U-Pu bearing material by atomic emission spectrometry (AES) is not possible for determination of Eu and Dy at trace level, because of their rich emission line spectra, which can cause severe spectral interference. Atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) is the alternate method for determination of these elements. Though the direct determination of Dy and Eu is possible by AAS, the atomization of these elements in U-Pu matrix is the result of analyte-matrix-carbon type of interactions. During the method development for Dy and Eu by AAS, absorbance signal was significantly suppressed in presence of U-Pu as compared to matrix free solution

  15. Reactivity of the uranium (U(IV)/U(VI)) and the plutonium (Pu(III)/Pu(IV)) in nitric aqueous solution under ultrasound; De l'influence des ultrasons sur la reactivite de l'uranium (U(IV)/U(VI)) et du plutonium (PU(III)/PU(IV)) en solution aqueuse nitrique

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    Venault, L

    1998-07-01

    To minimize the volumes of solid waste and industrial effluents generated at the end of cycle, particularly in the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing industry, research is currently under way on so-called innovative processes, designed to induce chemical reactions without adding reagent to the media. Among these processes, the use of ultrasound can prove advantageous, and the purpose of this study is to assess accurately the potential for its application. In the present context, this work shows that the transmission of an ultrasonic wave in aqueous nitric acid solution leads to: the accumulation of nitrous acid in solution, until a steady-sate concentration is reached; the removal of nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in the gas stream. The initial kinetics of the formation of HNO{sub 2} in solution was quantified as a function of the nitric acid concentration and the ultrasound intensity. It was also shown than an excess of nitrous acid in nitric solution decomposes under the effect of ultrasound. It is also possible to accumulate hydrogen peroxide in solution during the ultrasonic irradiation of aqueous nitric acid solutions in the presence of a chemical species (N{sub 2}H{sub 5}{sup +}, NH{sub 2}SO{sub 3}H...) which reacts rapidly with HNO{sub 2}, preventing the reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} by HNO{sub 2}. The mechanisms of HNO{sub 2} formation and decomposition, and the mechanism of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} formation during the ultrasonic irradiation of aqueous nitric acid solutions, are presented. Control of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} or HNO{sub 2} in a nitric acid medium under the effect of an ultrasonic wave can be exploited to control redox reactions of uranium and plutonium ions, particularly with respect to the oxidation of U and Pu (U(IV){yields} U(IV) or Pu(III) {yields} Pu(IV)) and the reduction of Pu (Pu(IV){yields} Pu(III). The redox behavior of uranium and plutonium ions in aqueous nitric solution subject to an ultrasonic flux is interpreted in term of effects

  16. 239Pu Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra Impact on a Set of Criticality and Experimental Reactor Benchmarks

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    Peneliau, Y.; Litaize, O.; Archier, P.; De Saint Jean, C.

    2014-04-01

    A large set of nuclear data are investigated to improve the calculation predictions of the new neutron transport simulation codes. With the next generation of nuclear power plants (GEN IV projects), one expects to reduce the calculated uncertainties which are mainly coming from nuclear data and are still very important, before taking into account integral information in the adjustment process. In France, future nuclear power plant concepts will probably use MOX fuel, either in Sodium Fast Reactors or in Gas Cooled Fast Reactors. Consequently, the knowledge of 239Pu cross sections and other nuclear data is crucial issue in order to reduce these sources of uncertainty. The Prompt Fission Neutron Spectra (PFNS) for 239Pu are part of these relevant data (an IAEA working group is even dedicated to PFNS) and the work presented here deals with this particular topic. The main international data files (i.e. JEFF-3.1.1, ENDF/B-VII.0, JENDL-4.0, BRC-2009) have been considered and compared with two different spectra, coming from the works of Maslov and Kornilov respectively. The spectra are first compared by calculating their mathematical moments in order to characterize them. Then, a reference calculation using the whole JEFF-3.1.1 evaluation file is performed and compared with another calculation performed with a new evaluation file, in which the data block containing the fission spectra (MF=5, MT=18) is replaced by the investigated spectra (one for each evaluation). A set of benchmarks is used to analyze the effects of PFNS, covering criticality cases and mock-up cases in various neutron flux spectra (thermal, intermediate, and fast flux spectra). Data coming from many ICSBEP experiments are used (PU-SOL-THERM, PU-MET-FAST, PU-MET-INTER and PU-MET-MIXED) and French mock-up experiments are also investigated (EOLE for thermal neutron flux spectrum and MASURCA for fast neutron flux spectrum). This study shows that many experiments and neutron parameters are very sensitive to

  17. Direct isotope ratio analysis of individual uranium-plutonium mixed particles with various U/Pu ratios by thermal ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Suzuki, Daisuke; Esaka, Fumitaka; Miyamoto, Yutaka; Magara, Masaaki

    2015-02-01

    Uranium and plutonium isotope ratios in individual uranium-plutonium (U-Pu) mixed particles with various U/Pu atomic ratios were analyzed without prior chemical separation by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Prior to measurement, micron-sized particles with U/Pu ratios of 1, 5, 10, 18, and 70 were produced from uranium and plutonium certified reference materials. In the TIMS analysis, the peaks of americium, plutonium, and uranium ion signals were successfully separated by continuously increasing the evaporation filament current. Consequently, the uranium and plutonium isotope ratios, except the (238)Pu/(239)Pu ratio, were successfully determined for the particles at all U/Pu ratios. This indicates that TIMS direct analysis allows for the measurement of individual U-Pu mixed particles without prior chemical separation.

  18. Dating of a sediment core from Lake Biel (Switzerland) and source characterization of fallout Pu; {sup 210}Pb- und {sup 137}Cs-Datierung eines Sedimentbohrkerns aus dem Bieler See (CH) und Ursprungsbestimmung von Pu-Fallout

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    Pregler, Anja

    2016-08-01

    A sediment core from Lake Biel was dated by means of the naturally occurring radioactive isotope {sup 210}Pb as well as by the anthropogenic isotope {sup 137}Cs. The latter one can be detected as radioactive fallout of certain events in the sediment layers and accordingly be correlated with a distinct date. A verification of the correlated events is accomplished by particular isotope ratios of the anthropogenic isotopes {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu as well as {sup 241}Am as a decay product of the short-lived {sup 241}Pu. Furthermore, the percentage of the total {sup 137}Cs fallout was calculated corresponding to the specific events.

  19. The Association of Inbreeding With Lung Fibrosis Incidence in Beagle Dogs That Inhaled 238PuO2 or 239PuO2.

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    Wilson, Dulaney A.; Brigantic, Andrea M.; Morgan, William F.

    2011-09-12

    Studies of health effects in animals after exposure to internally deposited radionuclides were intended to supplement observational studies in humans. Both nuclear workers and Beagle dogs have exhibited plutonium associated lung fibrosis; however, the dogs smaller gene pool may limit the applicability of findings to humans. Data on Beagles that inhaled either plutonium-238 dioxide (238PuO2) or plutonium-239 dioxide (239PuO2) were analyzed. Wright's Coefficient of Inbreeding was used to measure genetic or familial susceptibility and was assessed as an explanatory variable when modeling the association between lung fibrosis incidence and plutonium exposure. Lung fibrosis was diagnosed in approximately 80% of the exposed dogs compared with 23.7% of the control dogs. The maximum degree of inbreeding was 9.4%. Regardless of isotope, the addition of inbreeding significantly improved the model in female dogs but not in males. In female dogs an increased inbreeding coefficient predicted decreased hazard of a lung fibrosis diagnosis. Lung fibrosis was common in these dogs with inbreeding affecting models of lung fibrosis incidence in females but not in males. The apparent protective effect in females predicted by these models of lung fibrosis incidence is likely to be minimal given the small degree of inbreeding in these groups.

  20. Characterization of a neutron source of {sup 239}PuBe; Caracterizacion de una fuente de neutrones de {sup 239}PuBe

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    Hernandez V, R.; Chacon R, A.; Hernandez D, V. M.; Mercado, G. A.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Ramirez G, J. [Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica, Direccion General de Innovacion y Tecnologia de Informacion, Av. Heroes de Nacozari Sur 2301, Fracc. Jardines del Parque, 20276 Aguascalientes (Mexico)], e-mail: ruben_zac@yahoo.com

    2009-10-15

    The spectrum equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose f a {sup 239}PuBe source have been determined. The appropriate handling of a neutron source depends on the knowledge of its characteristics, such as its energy distribution, total rate of flowing and dosimetric magnitudes. In many facilities have not spectrometer that allows to determine the spectrum and then area monitors are used that give a dosimetric magnitude starting from measuring the flowing rate and the use of conversion factors, however this procedure has many limitations and it is preferable to measure the spectra and starting from this information the interest dosimetric magnitudes are calculated. In this work a Bonner sphere spectrometer has been used with a {sup 6}LiI(Eu) scintillator obtaining the count rates that produce, to a distance of 100 cm, a {sup 239}PuBe source of 1.85E(11) Bq. The spectrum was reconstructed starting from the count rates using BUNKIUT code and response matrix UTA4. With the spectrum information was calculated the source intensity, total flow, energy average, equivalent dose rate, environmental equivalent dose rate, equivalent dose coefficient and environmental equivalent dose coefficient. By means of two area monitors for neutrons, Eberline ASP-1 and LB 6411 of Berthold the equivalent dose and environmental equivalent dose were measured. The determinate values were compared with those reported in literature and it found that are coincident inside 17%. (Author)

  1. Estimation of covariances of {sup 10}B, {sup 11}B, {sup 55}Mn, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 241}Pu neutron nuclear data in JENDL-3.2

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    Shibata, Keiichi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Nakajima, Yutaka; Murata, Toru

    1998-08-01

    Covariances of nuclear data have been estimated for 5 nuclides contained in JENDL-3.2. The nuclides considered are {sup 10}B, {sup 11}B, {sup 55}Mn, {sup 240}Pu, and {sup 241}Pu, which are regarded as important for the nuclear design study of fast reactors. The physical quantities for which covariances are deduced are cross sections, resolved and unresolved resonance parameters, and the first order Legendre-polynomial coefficient for the angular distribution of elastically scattered neutrons. The covariances were estimated by using the same methodology that had been used in the JENDL-3.2 evaluation in order to keep a consistency between mean values and their covariances. The least-squares fitting code GMA was used in estimating covariances for reactions of which JENDL-3.2 cross sections had been evaluated by taking account of measurements. Covariances of nuclear model calculations were deduced by the KALMAN system. The covariance data obtained were compiled in the ENDF-6 format, and will be put into the JENDL-3.2 Covariance File which is one of JENDL special purpose files. (author)

  2. Statistical evaluation of lung, bone, and liver tumors in rats exposed to aerosols of 238PuO2, 239PuO2, and 244CmO2

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    The Mantel--Haenszel procedure was applied to the evaluation of tumor data from exposures to aerosols of 238PuO2, 239PuO2, and 244CmO2. Significance was evident for lung tumors for all three transuranics, for osteosarcomas in animals exposed to 244CmO2, and was suggested for liver tumors in animals exposed to 244CmO2

  3. Hydrothermal Alteration of Glass from Underground Nuclear Tests: Formation and Transport of Pu-clay Colloids at the Nevada National Security Site

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    Zavarin, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Zhao, P. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Joseph, C. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Begg, J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Boggs, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Dai, Z. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kersting, A. B. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-05-27

    The testing of nuclear weapons at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly the Nevada Test Site (NTS), has led to the deposition of substantial quantities of plutonium into the environment. Approximately 2.8 metric tons (3.1×104 TBq) of Pu were deposited in the NNSS subsurface as a result of underground nuclear testing. While 3H is the most abundant anthropogenic radionuclide deposited in the NNSS subsurface (4.7×106 TBq), plutonium is the most abundant from a molar standpoint. The only radioactive elements in greater molar abundance are the naturally occurring K, Th, and U isotopes. 239Pu and 240Pu represent the majority of alpha-emitting Pu isotopes. The extreme temperatures associated with underground nuclear tests and the refractory nature of Pu results in most of the Pu (98%) being sequestered in melted rock, referred to as nuclear melt glass (Iaea, 1998). As a result, Pu release to groundwater is controlled, in large part, by the leaching (or dissolution) of nuclear melt glass over time. The factors affecting glass dissolution rates have been studied extensively. The dissolution of Pu-containing borosilicate nuclear waste glasses at 90ºC has been shown to lead to the formation of dioctahedral smectite colloids. Colloid-facilitated transport of Pu at the NNSS has been observed. Recent groundwater samples collected from a number of contaminated wells have yielded a wide range of Pu concentrations from 0.00022 to 2.0 Bq/L. While Pu concentrations tend to fall below the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for drinking water (0.56 Bq/L), we do not yet understand what factors limit the Pu concentration or its transport behavior. To quantify the upper limit of Pu concentrations produced as a result of melt glass dissolution and determine the nature of colloids and Pu associations, we performed a 3 year nuclear melt glass dissolution experiment

  4. Actinide coordination sphere in various U, Np and Pu nitrato coordination complexes

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    Waste management of nuclear fuel represents one of the major environmental concerns of the decade. To recycle fissile valuable materials, intimate knowledge of complexation mechanisms involved in the solvent extraction processes is indispensable. Evolution of the actinide coordination sphere of AnO2(NO3)2TBP-type complexes (an = U, Np, Pu; TBP = tributylphosphate) with the actinide valence state have been probed by XAS at the metal LIII edge. Dramatic changes in the actinide coordination sphere appeared when the An(VI) metal is reduced to An(IV). However, no significant evolution in the actinide environment has been noticed across the series UO22+, NpO22+ and PuO22+. (au)

  5. The transcription factors IRF8 and PU.1 negatively regulate plasma cell differentiation.

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    Carotta, Sebastian; Willis, Simon N; Hasbold, Jhagvaral; Inouye, Michael; Pang, Swee Heng Milon; Emslie, Dianne; Light, Amanda; Chopin, Michael; Shi, Wei; Wang, Hongsheng; Morse, Herbert C; Tarlinton, David M; Corcoran, Lynn M; Hodgkin, Philip D; Nutt, Stephen L

    2014-10-20

    Activated B cells undergo immunoglobulin class-switch recombination (CSR) and differentiate into antibody-secreting plasma cells. The distinct transcriptomes of B cells and plasma cells are maintained by the antagonistic influences of two groups of transcription factors: those that maintain the B cell program, including BCL6 and PAX5, and plasma cell-promoting factors, such as IRF4 and BLIMP-1. We show that the complex of IRF8 and PU.1 controls the propensity of B cells to undergo CSR and plasma cell differentiation by concurrently promoting the expression of BCL6 and PAX5 and repressing AID and BLIMP-1. As the PU.1-IRF8 complex functions in a reciprocal manner to IRF4, we propose that concentration-dependent competition between these factors controls B cell terminal differentiation.

  6. Effect of storage temperature on self-irradiation damage of 238Pu-substituted zirconolite

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    238Pu-substituted cubic zirconolite (CaPuTi2O7) was stored at ambient temperature, 5750 K, and 8750 K until alpha decay doses of 2.4 to 3.6 x 1025/m3 had been accumulated. The ambient temperature material swelled to a saturation value of 5.5 vol %, and the originally crystalline structure was transformed to one with an amorphous matrix and small domains that had retained their crystallinity. At 5750 K, lesser amounts of swelling (4.1 vol %) and transformation were observed, reflecting concurrent partial recovery. The material held at 8750 K remained crystalline, swelled only 0.4 vol %, and exhibited formation of isolated defect clusters. 5 figures

  7. Measurement of the neutron spectrum of a Pu-C source with a liquid scintillator

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    WANG Song-Lin; HUANG Han-Xiong; RUAN Xi-Chao; LI Xia; BAO Jie; NIE Yang-So; ZHONG Qi-Ping; ZHOU Zu-Ying; KONG Xiang-Zhong

    2009-01-01

    The neutron response function for a BC501A liquid scintillator (LS) has been measured using a series of monoenergetic neutrons produced by the p-T reaction. The proton energies were chosen such as to produce neutrons in the energy range of 1 to 20 MeV. The principles of the technique of unfolding a neutron energy spectrum by using the measured neutron response function and the measured Pulse Height (PH) spectrum is briefly described. The PH spectrum of neutrons from the Pu-C source, which will be used for the calibration of the reactor antineutrino detectors for the Daya Bay neutrino experiment, was measured and analyzed to get the neutron energy spectrum. Simultaneously the neutron energy spectrum of an Am-Be source was measured and compared with other measurements as a check of the result for the Pu-C source. Finally, an error analysis and a discussion of the results are given.

  8. Dissolution of ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 in nitric acid

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    Samples of ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 are prepared by precipitation of the oxalates and of the hydroxides followed by heating at temperatures between 450 and 14000C. Density, grain size distribution, specific surface area (by methylene blue adsorption and by the BET method), crystallinity (by Debye-Scherrer diagramms) and exchange capacity of the samples are determined. Dissolution in 7.5 M HNO3 is measured as function of time. A relation is found between the rate of dissolution and the properties of the samples, in particular the exchange capacity. On the basis of this experimentally established relation equations for the rate of dissolution are derived with respect to the mechanism of dissolution of ThO2, UO2 and PuO2. (orig.)

  9. HgI2 detectors for Pu contamination monitoring and radiological protection measurements

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    HgI2 detectors developed from solution-grown crystals show good-detection properties (resolution, efficiency, stability) for X-rays and low-energy gamma rays (EL. Two examples of devices based on these HgI2 detectors are shown: (1) A compact probe for Pu detection in wounds which gives also information on the depth of the contamination, and (2) an array of 16x1 cm2 HgI2 detectors for Pu contamination of soil or wet surfaces where alpha detection is not valid. A tentative use of HgI2 detectors as compact ionization chambers working in the current mode is also described. (orig.)

  10. Thermodynamic data of compounds and complexes of U, Np, Pu and Am with selected organic ligands

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    Hummel, W. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Laboratory for Waste Management, Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Puigdomenech, I. [Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co. (SKB), Stockholm (Sweden); Rao, L. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Glenn T. Seaborg Center, Berkeley, CA (United States); Tochiyama, O. [Tohoku Univ., Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Sendai (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    A comprehensive literature review of thermodynamic data for compounds and complexes of actinides with oxalate, citrate, ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetate (EDTA) and {alpha}-iso-saccharinate has been carried out within the scope of the Thermodynamic Data Base project of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA). Reliable values could be selected mainly for Am(III), Np(V) and U(VI) complexes, whereas serious data gaps were found for the tetravalent actinides. The redox states U(III), U(V), Pu(V), Am(V), Np(VI), Pu(VI) and Am(VI) are unstable in the presence of the selected organic ligands. Missing or unreliable data in these unstable redox states are of no importance from the viewpoint of application in environmental modelling studies. (authors)

  11. The Geochemical Behaviour of Tc, Np, and Pu in Spent Nuclear Fuel in an Oxidizing Environment

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    Buck, Edgar C.; Hanson, Brady D.; McNamara, Bruce K.; R. Giere and P. Stille

    2004-10-01

    Studies at the Nopal and Shinkolowbwe uranium deposits show that the primary uraninite (UO2) altered to a suite of secondary uranyl minerals similar to those observed in corrosion tests with uranium oxide . Although the Nopal I deposit tells us something about the possible fate of uranium, it tells us little about the likely fate of the important long-lived radionuclides; iodine (129I), cesium (135Cs), technetium (99Tc), neptunium (237Np), and plutonium (239Pu). Most performance assessment (PA) models, assume conservatively, that as the UO2 matrix corrodes, the key radionuclides (129I, 99Tc, 237Np, and 239Pu) will be released congruently. In so doing, these PA models force increased reliance on human engineered barriers.

  12. The Geochemical Behavior of Tc, Np, and Pu in Spent Nuclear Fuel in an Oxidizing Environment

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    Studies at the Nopal and Shinkolowbwe uranium deposits show that the primary uraninite (UO2) altered to a suite of secondary uranyl minerals similar to those observed in corrosion tests with uranium oxide . Although the Nopal I deposit tells us something about the possible fate of uranium, it tells us little about the likely fate of the important long-lived radionuclides; iodine (129I), cesium (135Cs), technetium (99Tc), neptunium (237Np), and plutonium (239Pu). Most performance assessment (PA) models, assume conservatively, that as the UO2 matrix corrodes, the key radionuclides (129I, 99Tc, 237Np, and 239Pu) will be released congruently. In so doing, these PA models force increased reliance on human engineered barriers

  13. New Superheavy Element Isotopes: 242Pu(48Ca,5n)285114

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    The new, neutron-deficient, superheavy element isotope 285114 was produced in 48Ca irradiations of 242Pu targets at a center-of-target beam energy of 256 MeV (E*=50 MeV). The α decay of 285114 was followed by the sequential α decay of four daughter nuclides, 281Cn, 277Ds, 273Hs, and 269Sg. 265Rf was observed to decay by spontaneous fission. The measured α-decay Q values were compared with those from a macroscopic-microscopic nuclear mass model to give insight into superheavy element shell effects. The 242Pu(48Ca,5n)285114 cross section was 0.6-0.5+0.9 pb.

  14. Analysis of 238Pu and 56Fe Evaluated Data for Use in MYRRHA

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    Díez, C. J.; Cabellos, O.; Martínez, J. S.; Stankovskiy, A.; Van den Eynde, G.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Heyse, J.

    2014-04-01

    A sensitivity analysis on the multiplication factor, keff, to the cross section data has been carried out for the MYRRHA critical configuration in order to show the most relevant reactions. With these results, a further analysis on the 238Pu and 56Fe cross sections has been performed, comparing the evaluations provided in the JEFF-3.1.2 and ENDF/B-VII.1 libraries for these nuclides. Then, the effect in MYRRHA of the differences between evaluations are analysed, presenting the source of the differences. With these results, recommendations for the 56Fe and 238Pu evaluations are suggested. These calculations have been performed with SCALE6.1 and MCNPX-2.7e.

  15. Moisture corrections in neutron coincidence counting of PuO2

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    Passive neutron coincidence counting is capable of 1% assay accuracy for pure, well-characterized PuO2 samples that contain plutonium masses from a few tens of grams to several kilograms. Moisture in the sample can significantly bias the assay high by changing the (α,n) neutron production, the sample multiplication, and the detection efficiency. Monte Carlo calculations and an analytical model of coincidence counting have been used to quantify the individual and cumulative effects of moisture biases for two PuO2 sample sizes and a range of moisture levels from 0 to 9 wt %. Results of the calculations suggest a simple correction procedure for moisture bias that is effective from 0 to 3 wt % H2O. The procedure requires that the moisture level in the sample be known before the coincidence measurement

  16. Chitosan containing PU/Poly(NIPAAm) thermosensitive membrane for wound dressing

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    Yang, J.M. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei-San, Tao-Yuan, 333 Taiwan (China)], E-mail: jmyang@mail.cgu.edu.tw; Yang, S.J.; Lin, H.T. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei-San, Tao-Yuan, 333 Taiwan (China); Wu, T.-H.; Chen, H.-J. [Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Lung-Tan, 32500 Taiwan (China)

    2008-01-10

    Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) based polyurethane (PU) solution was prepared and then the PU solution was modified with N-isopropyl acrylamide by UV radiation without degassing to get thermo-sensitive membrane (PUNIPAAm). Then chitosan was impregnated onto the PUNIPAAm surface and treated by freeze-drying to get chitosan containing PUNIPAAm (PUNIPAAm-chi). Wettability on the various membranes was determined. The measurement of water vapor transmission rate on membranes and the antibacterial assessment were also evaluated. In order to evaluate the biocompatibility of these membranes, a cytotoxicity test and cell adhesion and proliferation assay were conducted in cell culture. The results showed that these thermo-sensitive PUNIPAAm membranes exhibited very low cytotoxicity and could support cell adhesion and growth. As having the antibacterial ability and the values of WVTR, permeance and permeability of the various PUNIPAAm-chi membranes are comparable to the commercial products, the PUNIPAAm-chi may be considered for wound dressing.

  17. The transcription factors IRF8 and PU.1 negatively regulate plasma cell differentiation.

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    Carotta, Sebastian; Willis, Simon N; Hasbold, Jhagvaral; Inouye, Michael; Pang, Swee Heng Milon; Emslie, Dianne; Light, Amanda; Chopin, Michael; Shi, Wei; Wang, Hongsheng; Morse, Herbert C; Tarlinton, David M; Corcoran, Lynn M; Hodgkin, Philip D; Nutt, Stephen L

    2014-10-20

    Activated B cells undergo immunoglobulin class-switch recombination (CSR) and differentiate into antibody-secreting plasma cells. The distinct transcriptomes of B cells and plasma cells are maintained by the antagonistic influences of two groups of transcription factors: those that maintain the B cell program, including BCL6 and PAX5, and plasma cell-promoting factors, such as IRF4 and BLIMP-1. We show that the complex of IRF8 and PU.1 controls the propensity of B cells to undergo CSR and plasma cell differentiation by concurrently promoting the expression of BCL6 and PAX5 and repressing AID and BLIMP-1. As the PU.1-IRF8 complex functions in a reciprocal manner to IRF4, we propose that concentration-dependent competition between these factors controls B cell terminal differentiation. PMID:25288399

  18. Aleitamento materno: a visão das puérperas.

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    Cristina Alencar Barreto; Leila Rangel da Silva; Marialda Moreira Christoffel

    2009-01-01

    O aleitamento materno é de suma importância para o binômio mãe-filho, tanto do ponto de vista físico, como psicológico. A maioria das mulheres experenciam o aleitamento materno e necessita do apoio dos profissionais de saúde. Esta pesquisa teve como objetivo conhecer a visão das puérperas em relação ao cuidado prestado pelos profissionais de saúde quanto à prática da amamentação. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo exploratório, realizado com 50 puérperas em uma maternidade no município do Rio d...

  19. Goal functional evaluations for phase-field fracture using PU-based DWR mesh adaptivity

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    Wick, Thomas

    2016-06-01

    In this study, a posteriori error estimation and goal-oriented mesh adaptivity are developed for phase-field fracture propagation. Goal functionals are computed with the dual-weighted residual (DWR) method, which is realized by a recently introduced novel localization technique based on a partition-of-unity (PU). This technique is straightforward to apply since the weak residual is used. The influence of neighboring cells is gathered by the PU. Consequently, neither strong residuals nor jumps over element edges are required. Therefore, this approach facilitates the application of the DWR method to coupled (nonlinear) multiphysics problems such as fracture propagation. These developments then allow for a systematic investigation of the discretization error for certain quantities of interest. Specifically, our focus on the relationship between the phase-field regularization and the spatial discretization parameter in terms of goal functional evaluations is novel.

  20. Sm-Nd-Pu timepieces in the Angra dos Reis meteorite

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    Lugmair, G. W.; Marti, K.

    1977-01-01

    Isotope ratios and age estimations are presented for the ultramafic pyroxenite Angra dos Reis meteorite. A pyroxene-phosphate internal isochron age of 4.55 plus or minus 0.04 eons was obtained, in agreement with reported Pb-Pb ages. It is suggested that Sm-146 decay led to an increase in the ratio of Nd-142 to Nd-144 in pyroxene, which is greater than the ratio of the Nd isotopes in phosphates. The effect of Pu-244 on the fission xenon components in pyroxene and phosphate is examined. The ratios of Pu-244 to Nd, U-238, and Th-232 are compared for pyroxene and phosphate separates. The exposure age of the meteorite, as obtained by the Kr-81 to Kr-83 method, was found to be 55.5 plus or minus 1.2 million years.