Sample records for brannerite

  1. Heavy ion irradiation effects of brannerite-type ceramics (United States)

    Lian, J.; Wang, L. M.; Lumpkin, G. R.; Ewing, R. C.


    Brannerite, UTi 2O 6, occurs in polyphase Ti-based, crystalline ceramics that are under development for plutonium immobilization. In order to investigate radiation effects caused by α-decay events of Pu, a 1 MeV Kr + irradiation on UTi 2O 6, ThTi 2O 6, CeTi 2O 6 and a more complex material, composed of Ca-containing brannerite and pyrochlore, was performed over a temperature range of 25-1020 K. The ion irradiation-induced crystalline-to-amorphous transformation was observed in all brannerite samples. The critical amorphization temperatures of the different brannerite compositions are: 970 K, UTi 2O 6; 990 K, ThTi 2O 6; 1020 K, CeTi 2O 6. The systematic increase in radiation resistance from Ce-, Th- to U-brannerite is related to the difference of mean atomic mass of A-site cation in the structure. As compared with the pyrochlore structure-type, brannerite phases are more susceptible to ion irradiation-induced amorphization. The effects of structure and chemical compositions on radiation resistance of brannerite-type and pyrochlore-type ceramics are discussed.

  2. Enthalpies of formation of U-, Th-, Ce-brannerite: implications for plutonium immobilization

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    Brannerite, ideally MTi2O6, (M=actinides, lanthanides and Ca) occurs in titanate-based ceramics proposed for the immobilization of plutonium. Standard enthalpies of formation, ΔH0f at 298 K, for three brannerite compositions (kJ/mol): CeTi2O6 (-2948.8 ± 4.3), U0.97Ti2.03O6 (-2977.9 ± 3.5) and ThTi2O6 (-3096.5 ± 4.3) were determined by high temperature oxide melt drop solution calorimetry at 975 K using 3Na2O · 4MoO3 solvent. The enthalpies of formation were also calculated from an oxide phase assemblage (ΔH0f-ox at 298 K): MO2 + 2TiO2=MTi2O6. Only UTi2O6 is energetically stable with respect to an oxide assemblage: U0.97Ti2.03O6 (ΔH0f-ox=-7.7±2.8 kJ/mol). Both CeTi2O6 and ThTi2O6 are higher in enthalpy with respect to their oxide assemblages with (ΔH0f-ox=+29.4±3.6 kJ/mol) and (ΔH0f-ox=+19.4±1.6 kJ/mol) respectively. Thus, Ce- and Th-brannerite are entropy stabilized and are thermodynamically stable only at high temperature

  3. Enthalpies of formation of U-, Th-, Ce-brannerite: implications for plutonium immobilization (United States)

    Helean, K. B.; Navrotsky, A.; Lumpkin, G. R.; Colella, M.; Lian, J.; Ewing, R. C.; Ebbinghaus, B.; Catalano, J. G.


    Brannerite, ideally MTi 2O 6, (M=actinides, lanthanides and Ca) occurs in titanate-based ceramics proposed for the immobilization of plutonium. Standard enthalpies of formation, Δ H0f at 298 K, for three brannerite compositions (kJ/mol): CeTi 2O 6 (-2948.8 ± 4.3), U 0.97Ti 2.03O 6 (-2977.9 ± 3.5) and ThTi 2O 6 (-3096.5 ± 4.3) were determined by high temperature oxide melt drop solution calorimetry at 975 K using 3Na 2O · 4MoO 3 solvent. The enthalpies of formation were also calculated from an oxide phase assemblage (Δ H0f-ox at 298 K): MO 2 + 2TiO 2=MTi 2O 6. Only UTi 2O 6 is energetically stable with respect to an oxide assemblage: U 0.97Ti 2.03O 6 (Δ H0f-ox=-7.7±2.8 kJ/mol). Both CeTi 2O 6 and ThTi 2O 6 are higher in enthalpy with respect to their oxide assemblages with (Δ H0f-ox=+29.4±3.6 kJ/mol) and (Δ H0f-ox=+19.4±1.6 kJ/mol) respectively. Thus, Ce- and Th-brannerite are entropy stabilized and are thermodynamically stable only at high temperature.

  4. Radiometric dating of brannerite and biotite minerals from Ladi-ka-bas, Sikar District, Rajasthan

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    In this paper results of radiometric dating on brannerite and biotite minerals from Ladi-ka-bas area are reported. The area falls in the North Delhi Fold Belt of Rajasthan where occurrences of uranium mineralized rocks have been reported from a number of places. In Ladi-ka-bas area hydrothermal uranium mineralization is hosted within quartz-biotite schist, albitite, impure quartzite and carbonate rocks of the Mesoproterozoic Ajabgarh Group of Delhi Supergroup. The Branerite is the main uranium bearing phase in these mineralized rocks. The age data obtained in this study will be useful in understanding the uranium mineralization events in this very important region.

  5. Thermochemical investigations of zirconolite, pyrochlore and brannerite: Three materials relevant to issues of plutonium immobilization (United States)

    Helean, Katheryn Bridget

    For the purpose of immobilizing plutonium, a crystalline ceramic waste form is being developed that can be described as a pseudo-quaternary system consisting of CaHfTi2O7- CaPuTi2O7- CaUTi2O7- GdTi2O7. High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry offers an effective methodology for the determination of enthalpies of formation of rare earth-bearing and other refractory oxides relevant to the proposed waste form. Calorimetric investigations of the waste form end-member phases (using Ce as a Pu analogue) plus brannerite, the major waste form impurity, were conducted using 3Na2O•4MoO3 solvent at 975 K. Standard enthalpies of formation, DeltaH°f (kJ/mol), were derived for three pyrochlore phases: Ca0.93Ce1.00Ti 2.035O7.00 (-3656.0 +/- 5.6), Ca1.46U 4+0.23U6+0.46Ti1.85O 7.00 (-3610.6 +/- 4.1) and Gd2Ti2O 7 (-3822.5 +/- 4.9). Enthalpies of formation with respect to an oxide phase assemblage, DeltaH°f-ox: CaO+MO2+2TiO2=CaMTi2O7 or Gd 2O3+2TiO2=Gd2Ti2O7 , and an oxide/perovskite phase assemblage, DeltaH° f-pv+ox: CaTiO3+MO2+TiO2=CaMTi 2O7, M = Ce, U were also calculated. DeltaH° f-ox (kJ/mol): Gd2Ti2O7 (-113.4 +/- 2.8); Ca1.46U4+0.23U 6+0.46Ti1.85O7.00 (-123.1 +/- 3.4); Ca0.93Ce1.00Ti2.035O7.00 (-54.1 +/- 5.2). DeltaH°f-pv+ox (kJ/mol): Ca1.46U4+0.23U6+ 0.46Ti1.85O7.00 (-5.1 +/- 4.0); Ca 0.93Ce1.00Ti2.035O7.00 (+21.0 +/- 5.5). A significant metastability field was defined with respect to an oxide/perovskite phase assemblage. DeltaH°f (kJ/mol) were derived for two zirconolite phases: CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 (-3719.4 +/- 3.9) and CaHf1.02Ti1.98O 7 (-3720.5 +/- 3.9). DeltaH° f-ox (kJ/mol): CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 (-89.6 +/- 2.8); CaHf1.02Ti1.98O7 (-74.8 +/- 3.1). CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 was stable with respect to a perovskite plus oxides assemblage (DeltaH° f-pv+ox = -8.8 +/- 3.3 kJ/mol). CaHf1.02Ti 1.98O7 was marginally metastable in enthalpy (Delta H°f-pv+ox = +6.0 +/- 3.5 kJ/mol). DeltaH°f (kJ/mol) were derived for three brannerites: CeTi2O6 (-2948.8 +/- 4.3); U0.97Ti2.03O6

  6. The impact of brannerite on the release of plutonium and gadolinium during the corrosion of zirconolite-rich titanate ceramics

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    Titanate ceramics have been selected as the preferred waste form for the immobilization of excess plutonium. Corrosion tests are underway to try to understand the long-term behavior of this material. In this paper, results from PCT-B static dissolution tests are used to provide an explanation of the observed corrosion behavior of a zirconolite-based ceramic. Two important observations are made. First, Ca is released at a constant rate [7 x 10-5 g/(m2 day)] in PCT-B tests for up to two years. Second, the release rates for Pu and Gd increase with time (up to two years) in PCT-B tests. The first observation suggests that the ceramics continue to corrode at a low rate for at least two years in PCT-B tests. The second observation suggests that the release rates of Pu and Gd are controlled by some process or processes that do not affect the release rate of other elements. Evidence indicates that this is due to the preferential dissolution of brannerite from the ceramic

  7. Interim report task 2: performance testing - task 2.4: natural mineral analog studies physical and chemical characteristics of brannerite in natural systems to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract B345772

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    Lumpkin, G R; Colella, M; Leung, S H F


    To investigate the long-term alteration behavior of brannerite, we have undertaken a study of 13 natural samples from various geological environments, including granites, granitic pegmatites, quartz veins, and placer deposits. Literature data and U-Th-Pb chemical dating carried out in this work indicate that the samples range in age from approximately 20 Ma to 1580 Ma. Where independent age data or estimates are available for comparison, the U-Th-Pb chemical ages are in reasonable agreement for the younger samples, but the older samples tend to show evidence for Pb loss (up to about 80%), a common feature of metamict Nb, Ta, and Ti oxide minerals. Our results show that many of the samples exhibit only minor alteration, usually within small patches, microfractures, or around the rims of the brannerite crystals. Other samples consist of variable amounts of unaltered and altered brannerite. Heavily altered samples may contain anatase and thorite as fine-grained alteration products. Certain samples exhibited fracturing of the associated rock matrix or mineral phase in the immediate vicinity of the brannerite grains. These fractures contain U bearing material and indicate that some U migrated locally from the source brannerite.

  8. The Bondons uranium deposit: a typical example of a polyphase metallogenesis

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    Four metallogenic stages have been uncovered in the Bondons deposit: 1. metamorphic ante-to syn-S 2 (brannerites); 2. hydrothermal (a) breakdown of brannerites in pitchblende I and anatase; (b) vein paragenesis (pitchblende II, adularia, carbonates); 3, supergene redistribution of previous ores. Thus the deposit fits in a complex polygenetic model, rather than in a simple supergene model at the level of a weathering paleosurface

  9. Processing of Sierra Albarrana uranium ores; Tratamiento de los minerales de uranio de Sierra Albarrana

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    Gutierrez Jodra, L.; Perez Luina, A.; Perarnau, M.


    Uranium recovery by hydrometallurgy from brannerite, found in Hornachuelos (Cordoba) is described. It has been studied the acid and alkaline leaching and salt roasting, proving as more satisfactory the acid leaching. Besides the uranium solubilization by acid leaching, is described the further process to obtain pure uranyl nitrate. (Author)

  10. Processing of Sierra Albarrana uranium ores

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    Uranium recovery by hydrometallurgy from brannerite, found in Hornachuelos (Cordoba) is described. It has been studied the acid and alkaline leaching and salt roasting, proving as more satisfactory the acid leaching. Besides the uranium solubilization by acid leaching, is described the further process to obtain pure uranyl nitrate. (Author)

  11. Geochronology of Precambrian granites and associated U-Ti-Th mineralization, northern Olary province, South Australia (United States)

    Ludwig, K. R.; Cooper, J.A.


    Proterozoic granitoids and metamorphic rocks in the Olary province of the Willyama block of South Australia host ore-grade amounts of U-Th-Ti and U-Fe-Ti-Th minerals. U-Pb-Th isotope analyses on zircons from all granitoids associated with the Crocker Well brannerite deposit indicate that these granitoids were intruded within a short time span, close to the 1579.2??1.5 m.y. age of the brannerite-bearing host-rock. Though the early Paleozoic Delamerian orogeny was intense in this region, the zircon isotopic systems remained unaffected; rather, the best-defined zircon chords on concordia plots show a welldefined lower intercept of 43.8??6.5 Ma, which can only be associated with early Tertiary block faulting. Pb-U-Th isotope analyses on brannerite from the Crocker Well deposit and davidite from the Mt. Victoria deposit and the Radium Hill deposit yield badly scattered and discordant apparent ages that suggest a primary age at least as old as the age of the Crocker Well granitoids, followed by a severe disturbance in the early Paleozoic. ?? 1984 Springer-Verlag.

  12. 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.


    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.

  13. Les minéralisations Cu_(Ni_Bi_U_Au_Ag) d'Ifri (district du Haut Seksaoua, Maroc) : apport de l'étude texturale au débat syngenèse versus épigenèseThe Cu_(Ni_Bi_U_Au_Ag) mineralization of Ifri ('Haut Seksaoua' district, Morocco): contribution of a textural study to the discussion syngenetic versus epigenetic (United States)

    Barbanson, Luc; Chauvet, Alain; Gaouzi, Aziz; Badra, Lakhifi; Mechiche, Mohamed; Touray, Jean Claude; Oukarou, Saı̈d


    The Cu ore of Ifri is a chalcopyrite stockwork hosted by Cambrian formations and was until now interpreted as a syngenetic massive sulphide deposit. Textural studies highlight two generations of pyrite early (Py I) and late (Py II) with respect to the regional deformation. The chalcopyrite stockwork overprinted Py II, outlining the epigenetic nature of the Cu mineralization. Regarding the origin of Cu-depositing fluids, the presence in the stockwork paragenesis of an U, W, Sn association and preliminary Pb/Pb dating of a brannerite belonging to this association suggest a contribution of the Tichka granite. To cite this article: L. Barbanson et al., C. R. Geoscience 335 (2003).

  14. Extraction of uranium from its ores

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    The ore is ground and mixed with sulphuric acid to give a moist ore containing a sulphuric acid concentration of less than 4N without forming a continuous liquid phase. The moist ore is cured at from 500 to 1000 while passing an oxidising gas through it. Using this method it is possible to achieve uranium extractions of % or better in 24 hours or less. This invention provides an improved method for acid leaching of uranium from its ores and especially from those ores which contain uranium as a finely-diaseminated refractory material, such as brannerite or uraninite. (LL)

  15. Preconcentration of low-grade uranium ores with environmentally acceptable tailings, part I

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    The low-grade ore sample used for this investigation originated from Agnew Lake Mines Limited, Espanola, Ontario. It contained about 1% pyrite and 0.057% uranium, mainly as uranothorite with a small amount of brannerite. Both of these minerals occur in the quartz-sericite matrix of a conglomerate. A preconcentration process has been developed to give a high uranium recovery, reject pyrite, radium and thorium from the ore and produce environmentally acceptable tailings. This process applies flotation in combination with high intensity magnetic separation and gravity concentration

  16. Corrosion behavior of pyroclore-rich titanate ceramics for plutonium disposition ; impurity effects.

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    Bakel, A. J.


    The baseline ceramic contains Ti, U, Ca, Hf, Gd, and Ce, and is made up of only four phases, pyrochlore, zirconolite, rutile, and brannerite. The impurities present in the three other ceramics represent impurities expected in the feed, and result in different phase distributions. The results from 3 day, 90 C MCC-1 tests with impurity ceramics were significantly different than the results from tests with the baseline ceramic. Overall, the addition of impurities to these titanate ceramics alters the phase distributions, which in turn, affects the corrosion behavior.

  17. The origin of the Avram Iancu U-Ni-Co-Bi-As mineralization, Băiţa (Bihor) metallogenic district, Bihor Mts., Romania (United States)

    Zajzon, Norbert; Szentpéteri, Krisztián; Szakáll, Sándor; Kristály, Ferenc


    The Băiţa metallogenic district in the Bihor Mountains is a historically important mining area in Romania. Uranium mining took place between 1952 and 1998 from various deposits, but very little is known about the geology and mineralogy of these deposits. In this paper, we describe geology and mineralogy of uranium mineralization of the Avram Iancu uranium mine from waste dump samples collected before complete remediation of the site. Texturally and mineralogically complex assemblages of nickeline, cobaltite-gersdorffite solid solution, native Bi, Bi-sulfosalts, molybdenite, and pyrite-chalcopyrite-sphalerite occur with uraninite, "pitchblende," and brannerite in most of the ore samples. The association of nickel, cobalt, and arsenic with uranium is reminiscent of five-element association of vein type U-Ni-Co-Bi-As deposits; however, the Avram Iancu ores appear to be more replacement-type stratiform/stratabound. Avram Iancu ore samples contain multistage complex, skarn, uranium sulfide, arsenide assemblages that can be interpreted to have been formed in the retrograde cooling stages of the skarn hydrothermal system. This mineralizing system may have built-up along Upper Cretaceous-Paleogene "Banatite" intrusions of diorite-to-granite composition. The intrusions crosscut the underlying uraniferous Permian formations in the stacked NW-verging Biharia Nappe System. The mineralization forms stacked, multilayer replacement horizons, along carbonate-rich lithologies within the metavolcanic (tuffaceous) Muncel Series. Mineral paragenesis and some mineral chemistry suggest moderate-to-high uranium sulfide stage along stratigraphically controlled replacement zones and minor veins. Uranium minerals formed abundantly in this early stage and include botryoidal, sooty and euhedral uraninite, brannerite, and coffinite. Later and/or lower-temperature mineral assemblages include heterogeneous, complexly zoned arsenide-sulfarsenide solid solutions associated with minute but

  18. Nature of uranium mineralisation in the Kerpura - Tiwari-ka-bas Area, Sikar District, Rajasthan

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    Mineralisation of uraninite and brannerite occurs in the albitised metasedimentary and intrusive igneous rocks of Kerpura-Tiwari-ka-bas area in Sikar District, Rajasthan. Samples collected from well dumps contain 0.016 to 1.52% U3O8 with very low ThO2. The host rocks show wide variation in chemical composition due to varying degree of alkali metasomatism, associated alteration and composition of protoliths. The spatial distribution of uranium in groundwater as well as rock samples from well dumps indicates localisation of the uranium mineralisation along NNE-SSW and NW-SE directions in Kerpura block. Petrographic and lithogeochemical studies point towards close genetic relationship between alkali metasomatism and uranium mineralisation. The mineralisation seems to be due to mobilisation of uranium and other LILEs by metasomatising fluids and their deposition along shear zones at a later stage, which may not be spatially related to zones of intense albitisation. (author)

  19. Pyrochlore-structured titanate ceramics for immobilisation of actinides: Hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and stainless steel/waste form interactions (United States)

    Zhang, Yingjie; Li, Huijun; Moricca, Sam


    A pyrochlore-structured titanate ceramic has been studied in respect of its overall feasibility for immobilisation of impure actinide-rich radioactive wastes through the hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) technique. The resultant waste form contains mainly pyrochlore (˜70%), rutile (˜14%) as well as perovskite (˜12%), hollandite (˜2%) and brannerite (˜1%). Optical spectroscopy confirms that uranium (used to simulate Pu) exists mainly in the stable pyrochlore-structured phase as tetravalent ions as designed. The stainless steel/waste form interactions under HIPing conditions (1280 °C/100 MPa/3 h) do not seem to change the actinide-bearing phases and therefore should have no detrimental effect on the waste form.


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    Full Text Available The underground exploitation of the ores established many waste dumps. The mineralization with pechblenda, the main uranium ore, exists in lenticular layers of small thickness. The rocks with uranium mineralization recover in the waste dumps, increasing the level to the ionizing radiation exposition. In Tincota the radiation levels found where between 50 and 600 c/s, with maximum levels 600-1200 c/s in the waste dump. The road DJ 680 Caraşova-Voislova are the levels 800-1200 c/s, that is 2-3 times more than the dose accepted in the Norms. The magnetite are from Boul Peak is associated with a radioactive ore (brannerit and the road Ruschiţa-Voislova was contaminated, the levels at the flotation base near the road reached times more than normally.

  1. Crystal structure, spectroscopy and thermodynamic properties of MIVWO6(MI - Li, Na)

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    In the present work lithium (sodium) vanadium tungsten oxides with brannerite structure is refined by the Rietveld method (space group C2/m, Z=2). IR and Raman spectroscopy was used to assign vibrational bands and determine structural particularities. The diffuse reflectance spectra allow to calculate bandgap for MIVWO6(MI - Li, Na). The temperature dependences of heat capacity have been measured first in the range from 7 to 350 K for these compounds and then between 330 and 640 K, respectively, by precision adiabatic vacuum and dynamic calorimetry. The experimental data were used to calculate standard thermodynamic functions, namely the heat capacity Cpo(T), enthalpy Ho(T)-Ho(0), entropy So(T)-So(0) and Gibbs function Go(T)-Ho(0), for the range from T→0 to 640 K. The differential scanning calorimetry was applied to measure decomposition temperature of compounds under study. - Graphical abstract: Fragment of the structure of Li(Na)VWO6.

  2. The 'pitchblende-nodule-assemblage' of Mitterberg (Salzburg, Austria)

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    Radiometric investigations of the presently closed copper mine of Mitterberg, Salzburg, led to the discovery of uranium mineralizations. Samples with pitchblende nodules up to two inches in size were found in old mining dumps. Altaite, bournonite, brannerite, calvaverite, cinnabar, coloradoite, galena, native gold, hessite, metacinnabar, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite and thus far unknown mineral 'X', an alteration product of rammelsbergite, were identified by the author. U and Mo of the 'Nodule-Assemblage' are explained as mobilization products of weak, strata-bound uranium mineralizations in quartzites of the 'Violet Series', a Permo-Carboniferous sedimentary sequence cut by the main copper vein. The later uranium mineralization of presently unassessed economic potential will be discussed in another paper. Age determinations (KOEPPEL, in PETRASCHECK 1975) of the reniform pitchblende indicate a crystallization age of 90 million years. This implies that the copper mineralization of the main copper vein can be related to Upper-Cretaccous remobilization processes. (orig./HK) 891 HK

  3. Mineralogical test as a preliminary step for metallurgical proses of Kalan ores

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    Mineralogical tests as a preliminary step for hydrometallurgy of Kalan ores, including Eko Remaja and Rirang have been carried out to identify the elements and minerals content which affect the metallurgical process, especially the leaching and purification of uranium. Mineralogical tests have been done by means of radioactive and radioluxugraph tests to identify radioactive minerals; thin specimen analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to identify elements and morphology, EPMA to analyse qualitatively the elements, X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) to identify of minerals content; and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and chemical analyses to determine total elements qualitatively and quantitatively. The experimental results show that the Eko Remaja ores contain uraninite and brannerite, iron and titan oxides, sulfides, phosphates and silicates minerals, while the Rirang ores contain uraninite, monazite and molybdenite

  4. New french uranium mineral species; Nouvelles especes uraniferes francaises

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    Branche, G.; Chervet, J.; Guillemin, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Lab. du Fort de Chatillon, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires


    In this work, the authors study the french new uranium minerals: parsonsite and renardite, hydrated phosphates of lead and uranium; kasolite: silicate hydrated of uranium and lead uranopilite: sulphate of uranium hydrated; bayleyite: carbonate of uranium and of hydrated magnesium; {beta} uranolite: silicate of uranium and of calcium hydrated. For all these minerals, the authors give the crystallographic, optic characters, and the quantitative chemical analyses. On the other hand, the following species, very rare in the french lodgings, didn't permit to do quantitative analyses. These are: the lanthinite: hydrated uranate oxide; the {alpha} uranotile: silicate of uranium and of calcium hydrated; the bassetite: uranium phosphate and of hydrated iron; the hosphuranylite: hydrated uranium phosphate; the becquerelite: hydrated uranium oxide; the curite: oxide of uranium and lead hydrated. Finally, the authors present at the end of this survey a primary mineral: the brannerite, complex of uranium titanate. (author) [French] Dans ce travail, les auteurs etudient les nouveaux mineraux uraniferes francais: parsonsite et renardite, phosphates hydrates de plomb et d'uranium; kasolite: silicate hydrate d'uranium et de plomb uranopilite: sulfate d'uranium hydrate; bayleyite: carbonate d'uranium et de magnesium hydrate; {beta} uranolite: silicate d'uranium et de calcium hydrate. Pour tous ces mineraux, les auteurs donnent les caracteres cristallographiques, optiques, et les analyses chimiques quantitatives. Par contre, les especes suivantes, tres rares dans les gites francais, n'ont pas permis d'effectuer d'analyses quantitatives. Ce sont: l'ianthinite: oxyde uraneux hydrate; l'{alpha} uranotile: silicate d'uranium et de calcium hydrate; le bassetite: phosphate d'uranium et de fer hydrate; la hosphuranylite: phosphate duranium hydrate; la becquerelite: oxyde d'uranium hydrate; la curite: oxyde d

  5. Elkon - A new world class Russian uranium mine

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    Full text: The uranium deposits of Elkon district are located in the south of Republic of Sakha Yakutia. Deposits contain about 6% of the world known uranium resources: 342 409 tonnes of in situ or 288 768 tonnes of recoverable RAR + Inferred resources. Most significant uranium resources of Elkon district (261 768 tonnes) were identified within five deposits of Yuzhnaya zone. The uranium grade averages 0.15%. Gold, silver and molybdenum are by-products. Principal resources are proposed to be mined by conventional underground method. Location, shape and dimensions of uranium ore bodies are primarily controlled by NW-SE oriented and steeply SW dipping faults of Mesozoic age and surrounding pyrite-carbonate-potassium feldspar alteration zones. Country rocks are Archean gneisses. Deposits are of metasomatic geological type. Principal mineralization is represented by brannerite. The Yuzhnaya zone is about 20 km long. It was explored by underground workings and drill holes. Upper limit of ore bodies is at a depth of between 200 m and 500 m. Depth persistence exceeds 2 000 m. Uranium mining enterprise Elkon was established in November 2007. It is a 100% Atomredmetzoloto subsidiary. The planned producing capacity is 5 000 m tU/year. It will perform the entire works related to uranium mining, milling, ore sorting, processing and uranium dioxide production. Technology of ore processing assumes primary radiometric sorting, thickening, sulphide flotation for gold concentrate extraction, subsequent autoclave sulphuric-acid uranium leaching from flotation tails and uranium adsorption onto resin, roasting and heap leaching for uranium from low grade ores, cyanide leaching of gold. Due to a considerable abundance of brannerite ore is classified as refractory. Elkon development include 4 main stages: feasibility study and infrastructure development (2008- 2010), mine and mill construction (2010-2015), pilot production (2013-2015), mine development and achieving full capacity

  6. Technical Progress Report on Single Pass Flow Through Tests of Ceramic Waste Forms for Plutonium Immobilization

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    Zhao, P; Roberts, S; Bourcier, W


    This report updates work on measurements of the dissolution rates of single-phase and multi-phase ceramic waste forms in flow-through reactors at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Previous results were reported in Bourcier (1999). Two types of tests are in progress: (1) tests of baseline pyrochlore-based multiphase ceramics; and (2) tests of single-phase pyrochlore, zirconolite, and brannerite (the three phases that will contain most of the actinides). Tests of the multi-phase material are all being run at 25 C. The single-phase tests are being run at 25, 50, and 75 C. All tests are being performed at ambient pressure. The as-made bulk compositions of the ceramics are given in Table 1. The single pass flow-through test procedure [Knauss, 1986 No.140] allows the powdered ceramic to react with pH buffer solutions traveling upward vertically through the powder. Gentle rocking during the course of the experiment keeps the powder suspended and avoids clumping, and allows the system to behave as a continuously stirred reactor. For each test, a cell is loaded with approximately one gram of the appropriate size fraction of powdered ceramic and reacted with a buffer solution of the desired pH. The buffer solution compositions are given in Table 2. All the ceramics tested were cold pressed and sintered at 1350 C in air, except brannerite, which was sintered at 1350 C in a CO/CO{sub 2} gas mixture. They were then crushed, sieved, rinsed repeatedly in alcohol and distilled water, and the desired particle size fraction collected for the single pass flow-through tests (SPFT). The surface area of the ceramics measured by BET ranged from 0.1-0.35 m{sup 2}/g. The measured surface area values, average particle size, and sample weights for each ceramic test are given in the Appendices.

  7. Genesis and formation conditions of deposits in the unique Strel'tsovka Molybdenum-Uranium ore field: New mineralogical, geochemical, and physicochemical evidence (United States)

    Aleshin, A. P.; Velichkin, V. I.; Krylova, T. L.


    The ambiguity of genetic interpretations of uranium ore formation at Mo-U deposits of the Strel’tsovka ore field led us to perform additional geochemical, mineralogical, and thermobarogeochemical studies. As a result, it has been established that closely related U and F were progressively gained in the Late Mesozoic volcanic rocks from the older basic volcanics (170 Ma) to the younger silicic igneous rocks (140 Ma). The Early Cretaceous postmagmatic hydrothermal epoch (140-125 Ma) is subdivided into preore, uranium ore, and first and second postore stages. The primary brannerite-pitchblende ore was formed in association with fluorite. At the first postore stage, this assemblage was replaced by a U-Si metagel, which was previously identified as coffinite. The metagel shows a wide compositional variation; its fine structure has been studied. The preore metasomatic alteration and related veined mineralization were formed under the effect of sodium (bicarbonate)-chloride solution at a temperature of 250-200°C. The uranium ore formation began with albitization and hematitization of rocks affected by supercritical fluid at 530-500°C; brannerite and pitchblende precipitated at 350-300°C. The chondrite-normalized REE patterns of pitchblende hosted in trachybasalt, trachydacite, and granite demonstrate a pronounced Sm-Nd discontinuity and a statistically significant tetrad effect of W type. These attributes were not established in REE patterns of rhyolites derived from the upper crustal magma chamber. This circumstance and a chronological gap of 5 Ma between silicic volcanism and ore formation do not allow us to suggest that uranium was derived from this magma chamber. According to the proposed model, the evolved silicic Li-F magma was a source of uranium. U4+, together with REE, was fractionated into the fluid phase as complex fluoride compounds. The uranium mineralization was deposited at a temperature barrier. It is suggested that hydromica alteration and the

  8. Metasomatic uranium mineralisation of the Mount Isa North Block

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    Proterozoic uranium deposits of the Mt Isa North Block are centred 40 km north of Mt Isa, NW Queensland. Regionally, the deposits occur within the Leichhardt River Fault Trough of the Mt Isa Inlier. Uranium mineralisation is likely related to the 1 600-1 500 Ma Isan Orogeny. Structurally-controlled uranium mineralisation is preferentially hosted in greenschist facies basalts and interbedded clastic sediments of the Eastern Creek Volcanics (ECV). Uranium deposits of the Mt Isa North Block are defined by the following general characteristics: • Pervasive sodium and calcium metasomatism, expressed as red albitite with finely disseminated hematite and calcite, with distal zones of chlorite and magnetite. • Uraniferous albitite deposits typically comprise en echelon lenses and shoots. • Mineralisation is developed along N- to NE-striking shear zones with associated brittle deformation of the host lithologies. • Host rocks are mostly basalt flows with flow-top breccias and interbedded sandstones and siltstones of the ECV; quartzites are also locally mineralised. • Uranium mineralogy of albitites comprises brannerite, coffinite, uraninite and uraniferous zircon. The Mt Isa North Blocks includes 11 tenements being explored for uranium by Summit Resources. Summit’s five uranium resources total 95.7 Mlb U3O8. Summit is in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Paladin on the Valhalla and Skal deposits. Paladin also has a direct ownership of 81.99% of the issued shares of Summit Resources. (author)

  9. Geology and Mineralogy of Uranium Deposits from Mount Isa, Australia: Implications for Albitite Uranium Deposit Models

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    Full Text Available New geological, bulk chemical and mineralogical (QEMSCAN and FEG-EPMA data are presented for albitite-type uranium deposits of the Mount Isa region of Queensland, Australia. Early albitisation of interbedded metabasalt and metasiltstone predated intense deformation along D2 high strain (mylonite zones. The early sodic alteration paragenetic stage includes albite, riebeckite, aegirine, apatite, zircon and magnetite. This paragenetic stage was overprinted by potassic microveins, containing K-feldspar, biotite, coffinite, brannerite, rare uraninite, ilmenite and rutile. An unusual U-Zr phase has also been identified which exhibits continuous solid solution with a uranium silicate possibly coffinite or nenadkevite. Calcite, epidote and sulphide veinlets represent the latest stage of mineralisation. This transition from ductile deformation and sodic alteration to vein-controlled uranium is mirrored in other examples of the deposit type. The association of uranium with F-rich minerals and a suite of high field strength elements; phosphorous and zirconium is interpreted to be indicative of a magmatic rather than metamorphic or basinal fluid source. No large intrusions of appropriate age outcrop near the deposits; but we suggest a relationship with B- and Be-rich pegmatites and quartz-tourmaline veins.

  10. Expected radiation effects in plutonium immobilization ceramic

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    The current formulation of the candidate ceramic for plutonium immobilization consists primarily of pyrochlore, with smaller amounts of hafnium-zirconolite, rutile, and brannerite or perovskite. At a plutonium loading of 10.5 weight %, this ceramic would be made metamict (amorphous) by radiation damage resulting from alpha decay in a time much less than 10,000 years, the actual time depending on the repository temperature as a function of time. Based on previous experimental radiation damage work by others, it seems clear that this process would also result in a bulk volume increase (swelling) of about 6% for ceramic that was mechanically unconfined. For the candidate ceramic, which is made by cold pressing and sintering and has porosity amounting to somewhat more than this amount, it seems likely that this swelling would be accommodated by filling in the porosity, if the material were tightly confined mechanically by the waste package. Some ceramics have been observed to undergo microcracking as a result of radiation-induced anisotropic or differential swelling. It is unlikely that the candidate ceramic will microcrack extensively, for three reasons: (1) its phase composition is dominated by a single matrix mineral phase, pyrochlore, which has a cubic crystal structure and is thus not subject to anisotropic swelling; (2) the proportion of minor phases is small, minimizing potential cracking due to differential swelling; and (3) there is some flexibility in sintering process parameters that will allow limitation of the grain size, which can further limit stresses resulting from either cause.

  11. Ternary Phase Diagrams that Relate to the Plutonium Immobilization Ceramic

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    Ebbinghaus, B b; Krikorian, O H; Vance, E R; Stewart, M W


    The plutonium immobilization ceramic consists primarily of a pyrochlore titanate phase of the approximate composition Ca{sub 0.97}Hf{sub 0.17}Pu{sub 0.22}U{sub 0.39}Gd{sub 0.24} Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}. In this study, a series of ternary phase diagrams was constructed to evaluate the relationship of various titanate phases (e.g., brannerite, zirconolite-2M, zirconolite-4M, and perovskite) to pyrochlore titanates, usually in the presence of excess TiO{sub 2} (rutile), and at temperatures in the vicinity of 1350 C. To facilitate the studies, U, Th, and Ce were used as surrogates for Pu in a number of the phase diagrams in addition to the use of Pu itself. The effects of impurity oxides, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO, were also studied on pyrochlore (Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) and zirconolite (CaHfTi{sub 2}O{sub 7}) mixtures. Either electron microprobe (at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) or quantitative SEM-EDS (at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) were used to evaluate the compositions of the phases.

  12. Geology and uranium mineralisation around Ampulli Area, Papum-Pare District, Arunachal Pradesh, North-East India

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    Uranium mineralisation associated with Middle Proterozoic Bomdila Group (Daling equivalent) metasediments have been located intermittently over a strike length of 310 m with 0.11 to 2.0 m thickness around Ampulli area of Papum-Pare district, Arunachal Pradesh. The metasediments trend NE-SW and dip 20°- 85° due either side. The grab and trench samples assayed 0.012 - 0.36% eU3O8, 0.006 - 0.19% U3O8 (beta/gamma), 0.009 - 0.235% U3O8 (Chem.) and less than 0.010% ThO2. The host rocks have been identified as tourmaline bearing biotite-quartz schist, garnet bearing muscovite-biotite-quartz schist and muscovite-biotite schist. Uraninite, brannerite and U-Ti complex are observed with uranocircite and meta-uranocircite, the secondary uranium minerals. Replacement of uraninite by molybdenite and pyrite suggested earlier oxide and later sulphide phase. Partial chemical analysis indicated aluminous nature of the host rock and their high K2O/Na2O (3.3-10.73) ratios are suggestive of predominance of potash feldspar over sodic and effects of potash metasomatism. Both syngenetic as well as epigenetic hydrothermal origin of uranium mineralisation has been suggested. (author)

  13. Genesis of sandstone-type uranium deposits in the Sierra Pintada district, Mendoza, Argentina: a Moessbauer study

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    The genesis of sandstone-type uranium deposits in the Cochico Group (Permo-Triassic) of the Sierra Pintada district, San Rafael, Mendoza, has been studied. This is the most important uranium district in Argentina. Uranium sources, uranium transport and precipitation are discussed. Uraninite and brannerite, the main uranium minerals, occur within the matrix of sandstone. Several phenomena can be deduced regarding the depositional environment. Where oxygen was available, precipitation of hydrated ferric oxides occurred; γFe2O3.nH2O varieties (identified by Moessbauer spectroscopy) precipitated in the upper levels of the aquifer, where CO2 partial pressure was lower, giving reddish or reddish-brown beds. The CO2 partial pressure also determines the distribution of biogenic agents such as bacteria. Bacteria thus find a more favourable environment for their development and action in upper levels of an aquifer. In the corresponding horizons local reduction occurred where UO2 precipitated; therefore the highest uranium concentrations correspond to sandstone levels with reddish or reddish-brown pigment. These pigments have been identified by Moessbauer spectroscopy. (Auth.)

  14. Blind River uranium deposits: the ores and their setting

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    In the Blind River area, Proterozoic clastic sedimentary and minor volcanic rocks (Huronian Supergroup) unconformably overlie and transgress northward over dominantly granitic Archean terrane (2500 million years) and are intruded by Nipissing Diabase (2150 million years). Later deformations and metamorphic events are recognized. The Matinenda Formation (basal Huronian) comprises northward-derived arkose, quartzite, and pyritic, uraniferous oligomictic conglomerates, which contain 75 percent of Canada's uranium reserves. Historic grades approximate 2 pounds U3O8/ton (1 kilogram/metric ton), but lower grade material can be mined with increasing price. Some thorium and rare earths have been marketed. The conglomerate beds lie in southeasterly striking zones controlled by basement topography down-sedimentation from radioactive Archean granite. Distribution of monazite relative to uraninite and brannerite and the presence of uranium values in overlying polymictic conglomerates, which truncate the ore beds, indicate that the mineralization is syngenetic, probably placer. The role of penecontemporaneous mafic volcanics is problematical, but these could have been a source for sulphur in the pyrite. Drab-coloured rocks, uranium and sulphide mineralization, and a post-Archean regolith formed under reducing conditions all suggest a reducing environment. Sedimentary features indicate deposition in fast-flowing shallow water and possibly a cold climate. In the upper Huronian (Lorrain Formation), a monazite and iron oxide assemblage associated with red beds suggests a change to oxidizing conditions

  15. Metasomatic uranium mineralization of the Mount Isa North Block

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    Full text: Proterozoic uranium deposits of the Mt Isa North Project are centred 40 km north of Mt Isa, NW Queensland. Regionally, the deposits occur within the Leichhardt River Fault Trough of the Mt Isa Inlier. Uranium mineralisation is likely related to the 1 600-1 500 Ma Isan Orogeny. Structurally controlled uranium mineralisation is preferentially hosted in greenschist facies basalts and interbedded clastic sediments of the Eastern Creek Volcanics (ECV). Uranium deposits of the Mt Isa North Project are defined by the following general characteristics: - Pervasive sodium and calcium metasomatism, expressed as red albitite with finely disseminated hematite and calcite, with distal zones of chlorite and magnetite. - Uraniferous albitite deposits typically comprise en echelon lenses and shoots. - Mineralisation is developed along N- to NE-striking shear zones with associated brittle deformation of the host lithologies. - Host rocks are mostly basalt flows with flow-top breccias and interbedded sandstones and siltstones of the ECV; quartzites are also locally mineralised. - Geochemically the deposits are characterized by enrichment of U, Na, Ca, Sr, Zr, Th, Hf and P, and depletion of K, Ba, Rb and Cs. Uranium mineralogy of albitites comprises several phases of refractory uranium minerals (e.g. brannerite, coffinite). The Mt Isa North Project includes 11 tenements being explored for uranium by Summit Resources. Summit's five uranium resources total 95.7 Mlb U3O8. Scoping studies focused on geologic assessment, environmental baseline monitoring and metallurgical test work of the Valhalla deposit are in progress. Summit is in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Paladin on the Valhalla and Skal deposits. Paladin also has a direct ownership of 81.99% of the issued shares of Summit Resources. (author)

  16. Current Situation In The IRT-T Based Neutron-Activation Analysis Application In Scientific Research Institute Of Nuclear Physics At Tomsk Polytechnic University

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    Full text: The works on the neutron-activation analysis application were started from the first days of actual IRT-T launch. E.M. Lobanov (Tashkent), I.P. Alimarin, G.N. Flerov (Moscow) set up the basis for future specialists training and creation of the laboratory in SRI of Nuclear Physics. They considered that Tomsk reactor should be used primarily for works encouraging further development of productive forces of Siberia and Far East. Analytical assistance was provided to industrial, scientific and scientific-industrial organizations to: - gain new materials with the given properties; - research and explore mining resources, oil and gas, develop new ore deposits; - control the level of environmental pollution and rehabilitation; - evaluate influence of nuclear energy industries and fuel-energy complexes of Siberian region on environmental condition and dynamics of environmental pollution, taking into account difficulties of natural resources rehabilitation in Siberia. We don't stop on technical equipping and capabilities of IRT-T in solving set problems. Here are some examples: - during the last years researches directed to prediction and research of new oil and gas-fields were carried out; - he neutron-activation analysis of non-traditional resources of rare-earth and noble metals (metallic slate traces) were developed; - the research of new fields containing uranium (mainly brannerite and uraninite). The difficulties of these minerals decomposition are known. Thus the neutron-activation analysis is suitable and must be used in this field. The report will contain the detailed information with exact examples and results of application of the neutron-activation analysis on the basis of IRT-T in Scientific Research Institute of Nuclear Power at Tomsk Polytechnic University. (authors)

  17. Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the internal zone of the Pan-African Lufilian orogenic belt (Zambia): Implications for crustal reworking and syn-orogenic uranium mineralizations (United States)

    Eglinger, Aurélien; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier; André-Mayer, Anne-Sylvie; Goncalves, Philippe; Zeh, Armin; Durand, Cyril; Deloule, Etienne


    The internal zone of the Pan-African Lufilian orogenic belt (Zambia) hosts a dozen uranium occurrences mostly located within kyanite micaschists in a shear zone marking the contact between metasedimentary rocks attributed to the Katanga Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequence and migmatites coring domes developed dominantly at the expense of the pre-Neoproterozoic basement. The P-T-t-d paths reconstructed for these rocks combining field observations, microstructural analysis, metamorphic petrology and thermobarometry and geochronology indicate that they have recorded burial and exhumation during the Pan-African orogeny. Both units of the Katanga metasedimentary sequence and pre-Katanga migmatitic basement have underwent minimum peak P-T conditions of ~ 9-11 kbar and ~ 640-660 °C, dated at ca. 530 Ma by garnet-whole rock Lu-Hf isochrons. This suggests that this entire continental segment has been buried up to a depth of 40-50 km with geothermal gradients of 15-20 ° 1 during the Pan-African orogeny and the formation of the West Gondwana supercontinent. Syn-orogenic exhumation of the partially molten root of the Lufilian belt is attested by isothermal decompression under P-T conditions of ~ 6-8 kbar at ca. 530-500 Ma, witnessing an increase of the geothermal gradients to 25-30 °C·km- 1. Uranium mineralizations that consist of uraninite and brannerite took place at temperatures ranging from ~ 600 to 700 °C, and have been dated at ca. 540-530 Ma by U-Pb ages on uraninite. The main uranium deposition thus occurred at the transition from the syn-orogenic burial to the syn-orogenic exhumation stages and has been then partially transposed and locally remobilized during the post-orogenic exhumation accommodated by activation of low-angle extensional detachment.

  18. Interim report on task 1.2: near equilibrium processing requirements - attrition milling part 1 of 2 to Lawrence Livermore National for contract b345772

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    Stewart, M W A; Vance, E R; Day, R A; Eddowes, T; Moricca, S


    The objective of Task 1.2 has only partly been achieved as the work on Pu/U-formulations and to a significant degree on Th/U-formulations has been performed under grinding/blending conditions that did not replicate plant-like fabrication processes, particularly in the case with the small glovebox attritor. Nevertheless the results do show that actinide-rich particles, not present in specimens made via the alkoxide-route (equilibrium conditions), occur when the grinding process is not efficient enough to ensure that high-fired PuO{sub 2}, ThO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2} particles are below a critical size. Our current perception is that the critical size for specimens sintered at 1350 C for 4 hours is about 5 {micro}m in diameter. The critical size is difficult to estimate, as it is equal to the starting diameter of actinide oxides just visible within brannerite regions. Our larger scale attritor experiments as well as experience with wet and dry ball milling suggests that acceptable mineralogy and microstructure can be obtained by dry milling via attritor and ball mills. This is provided that appropriate attention is paid to the size and density of the grinding media, grinding additives that reduce caking of the powder, and in the case of attritors the grinding speed and pot setup. The ideal products for sintering are free flowing granules of {approx} 100 {micro}m containing constituents ground to about 1 {micro}m to ensure homogeneity and equilibrium mineralogy.

  19. The South Greenland regional uranium exploration programme

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    This report describes the work and results of the last two field seasons (1080 and 1982) of the Syduran Project. The field work was concentrated in the Motzfeldt Centre and the Granite zone with a short reconnaissance of five uranium anomalies in the Migmatite Complex. The results from the Motzfeldt Centre show that it is composed of at least 6 syenite units which can be divided into two major phases of igneous activity. The radioactive mineralisation has been mapped by gamma-spectrometer and has proved to be very extensive. Uranium mineral occurrences found in the Granite Zone occur in the many faults and fractures, which dissect the area. A study of the fractures and fault movements in the zone makes it possible to suggest an overall structural framework in which to place the uranium occurrences in the zone. Field work on the Igaliko peninsula was confined to a small area known as Puissagtag where four pitchblende veins have been discovered. Numerous uraniferous showings, associated with fractures, have been located in the Vatnaverfi peninsula south of the Igaliko Fjord. Mineralogical studies have shown that 12 of these showings contain pitchblende, that 7 of them contain coffinite and that most of them contain brannerite. The most interesting find during the 1982 field season was in the Migmatite Complex. Five anomalously high uranium areas in the complex were explored briefly with the helicopter-borne scintillometer. Near a place called Igdlorssuit, where a particlarly high gamma-spectrometer anomaly was found during the reconnaissance gamma-spectrometer survey, a large raft of meta-sediments in rapakivi granite was found, in which radioactive mineralisation occurred. This proved to be due to fine disseminated uraninite which occurs over some 150 m of strike length with a width of 1-2 m. The results confirm that there is a good possibility of finding exploitable uranium mineral occurrences in South Greenland. (author)

  20. Cerium as a surrogate in the plutonium immobilization waste form (United States)

    Marra, James Christopher

    In the aftermath of the Cold War, approximately 50 tonnes (MT) of weapons useable plutonium (Pu) has been identified as excess. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided that at least a portion of this material will be immobilized in a titanate-based ceramic for final disposal in a geologic repository. The baseline formulation was designed to produce a ceramic consisting primarily of a highly substituted pyrochlore with minor amounts of brannerite and hafnia-substituted rutile. Since development studies with actual actinide materials is difficult, surrogates have been used to facilitate testing. Cerium has routinely been used as an actinide surrogate in actinide chemistry and processing studies. Although cerium appeared as an adequate physical surrogate for powder handling and general processing studies, cerium was found to act significantly different from a chemical perspective in the Pu ceramic form. The reduction of cerium at elevated temperatures caused different reaction paths toward densification of the respective forms resulting in different phase assemblages and microstructural features. Single-phase fabrication studies and cerium oxidation state analyses were performed to further quantify these behavioral differences. These studies indicated that the major phases in the final phase assemblages contained point defects likely leading to their stability. Additionally, thermochemical arguments predicted that the predominant pyrochlore phase in the ceramic was metastable. The apparent metastabilty associated with primary phase in the Pu ceramic form indicated that additional studies must be performed to evaluate the thermodynamic properties of these compounds. Moreover, the metastability of this predominant phase must be considered in assessment of long-term behavior (e.g. radiation stability) of this ceramic.

  1. Dispersion of impurities in pyrochlore/zirconolite-based ceramics

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    Pyrochlore-rich and zirconolite-rich ceramics have been developed for the immobilization of excess weapons Pu. The ceramics are composed of a mixture of pyrochlore, zirconolite, brannerite and rutile. Impurity ions are present in most Pu-waste streams. Most of these impurities can be incorporated into the phases present in the ceramic; however some, such as B and Si, can promote the formation of additional phases. In this work, the impurity ions were classed into sets with supposedly the same valency (2+, 3+, 4+, 5+ and 6+). One set containing Np and Th and another set containing the glass formers (Al, Si, B, Na and K) were also made. These sets of elements were then added to a 'baseline' ceramics of nominal sintered composition, 95 wt.% pyrochlore (Ca0.89Gd0.22(Pu or Ce)0.22U0.44Hf0.23Ti2O7) and 5 wt.% HF-doped rutile, (Ti0.9Hf0.1O2). A sufficient amount of each of these sets of impurity ions was added so that the primary phases of the baseline ceramic were saturated with them and secondary phases formed. Both Pu/U-doped Ce/U-doped samples were made. The impurity elements were added as nitrates to an alkoxide-route precursor, which was calcined and then ball milled. Pellets were pressed from the powder and sintered in Ar, air or 3.7% H2 in Ar at about 1350 degrees Celsius for 4 hours. The obtained results are summarized in this work. As a matter of fact, most of the ions can be accommodated in the ceramic, but the partitioning across the different phases in the ceramic is not even. The groups will preferentially move to certain phases or, if sufficient amounts are present, result in the formation of new phases. The conclusion is that all ions of similar size and valency behave in a similar manner unless there are volatility problems

  2. Uranium Occurrences and Its Mineral Combination Characteristics in Uranium Deposit No.302%302铀矿床矿石中铀的存在形式及矿物组合特征

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    赵奇峰; 夏菲; 潘家永; 陈黎明; 林坤


    Electronic probe analysis indicated that uranium in uranium deposit No.302 mainly existed as independent uranium minerals and minors occurred as isomorphism of thorium in zircon and rutile and other accessory minerals.The independent uranium ore minearal mainly as pitchblende,some as coffinG ite,uranothorite, brannerite and the second uranium minerals of uranophane, autunite, chalcolite. The ore consist of five kind mineral combination,the diversity of uranium ore mineral combination reG flects the long term and complex activity of hydrothermal fluid in the deposit,which also indicate the multiphases and variety of fluid composition and forming environment in hydrothermal activity. Alteration related with uranium mineralization are siliconization,hematization,purple black fluoritizaG tion,pyritization,calcitization,sericitization and chloritization,etc.%电子探针分析显示,302铀矿床矿石中铀的存在形式以独立铀矿物为主,少量呈类质同像赋存于钍石、锆石及金红石等副矿物之中。独立铀矿物以沥青铀矿为主,其次有铀石、铀钍石、钛铀矿等原生铀矿物和硅钙铀矿、钙铀云母、铜铀云母等次生铀矿物。铀矿石具有5种不同的矿物组合,这种矿物组合的多样性,反映了该矿床热液流体活动的长期性和复杂性,即成矿热液流体作用具有多阶段性,以及热液流体组成和成矿环境的多变性。与铀矿化相关的蚀变有硅化、赤铁矿化、紫黑色萤石化、黄铁矿化、方解石化、绢云母化及绿泥石化等。

  3. Main geological settings of uranium mineralization in the Baltic shield

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    dislocations, widespread permeable zones of cracks, breccia, schistosity, uraniumspecialized rocks with abundant movable varieties, massive uranium-specialized granitoid, greizenized granite and host gneiss. Uranium mineralization is in the axial parts of the FFD zones close to the contact of the Yatulian dolomite with the Ludicovian aleurolite and shungite-bearing aleurolite. It is seen on either an east-west steeply dipped or overturned anticline limb, or in the core of the nearhinge synclines. The mineralization is controlled by an area of hydrothermal-metasomatic albite-carbonate- micaceous alteration. Uranium mineralization in the FFD zones is mainly concentrated in sulfide-carbonate-pitchblende veins. Ore-bearing areas containing complex deposits are 2 - 2.5 km long and 500 - 600 m wide. There are several ore deposits lying at the depth of 100 -180m in each area. The deposits are of a complicated shoestring or cigar shape ranging in length from 1100 to 1800 m, being 15 - 50m thick. The uranium mineralization is represented with brannerite, coffinite, pitchblende. The mineralization potential of this type is determined by the discovery of five uranium-associated deposits within the Onega depression FFD zones (Srednyaya Padma, Kosmozero and others). The Early Proterozoic Kuusamo -Pana - Kuolajarvi and Imandra - Varzuga troughs characterized with widely spread uraniumspecialized black schists are highly prospective for ore deposits of this type

  4. Mise en solution et précipitation de l'uranium et du thorium dans les conditions de moyenne et haute température (résumé Solution and Precipitation of Uranium and Thorium under Average and High-Temperature (Summary

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    (France and different uranium deposits or anomalies (Quebec, Rössing, Madagascar, etc. . U and Th are precipitated in the katazone in the form of solid uranothorianite solids in silica-deficient media, and in the form of uranothorite in granites and syenites. Non-thoriferous uraninite precipitation in French leucogranites can be explained first of all by the low thorium concentration of aqueous solutions during the deuteric phase. During progressive metamorphism, a delay can be observed in uranium mobilization under relatively oxidïzing conditions when U is associated with Ti and OH. In the mesozonal realm, brannerite stabilizes uranium in the presence of titanium all the way to analexis. Beyond that it becomes dissociated by giving off non-thoriferous uraninite and rutile.

  5. Investigations on uranium sorption on bentonite and montmorillonite, respectively, and uranium in environmental samples; Untersuchungen zur Uransorption an Bentonit bzw. Montmorillonit sowie von Uran in Umweltproben

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    Azeroual, Mohamed


    uranium releases from tailings into the aquatic system. The results showed that uranium(VI) speciation in water samples is controlled by pH as well as bicarbonate and calcium concentrations and is dominated by the very stable aquatic complexes Ca{sub 2}UO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}, (UO{sub 2}){sub 2}CO{sub 3}(OH){sub 3}{sup -} and UO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}{sup 4-}. Influences of humic substances or phosphate ligands on uranium(VI) complexation were not detected. Uranium association with aquatic colloids in the studied samples as found to be negligible. With the help of a combination of the AREM-EDX method and batch experiments, uraninite (UO{sub 2}) and brannerite (UTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}) could be identified with an occurrence frequency of about 67 % and 33 %, respectively. This combination allowed the conclusion that uranium release from tailing materials is controlled by the dissolution of uraninite, which itself is governed by the dissolution of calcite. Furthermore, a mobilisation of uraninite colloids smaller than 200 nm from tailing material into the used model solutions was observed.