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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
Peter Ozemoyah, John Robinson
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 71 | Number 3 | April 2017 | Pages 450-456
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1291037
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Tritium in everyday water (potable water) is frequently of a level that is too low for measurement with conventional instrumentation that is affordable by small laboratories. Scintillation counters that can measure in fractions of Becquerels per litre are usually out of the reach of most laboratories, especially in developing countries. By concentrating the tritium by a known amount, it can reach measurable levels that can be converted back to the original concentration. Affordability of the concentrating process is vital in the overall process.
A simple concentrating process based on purification and electrolysis was designed and fabricated. The tritium isotope enrichment level, the volumetric reduction and the time frame required for the enrichment were determined using the simple designed and fabricated process, and an easily affordable scintillation counter.
The simple designed and fabricated system effectively concentrated the tritium in the sampled water several times the initial value. The enrichment resulted in the output product being measurable in a non-expensive scintillation counter.