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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.
Gheorghe Ionita, Ioan Stefanescu, Ciprian Bucur
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 71 | Number 4 | May 2017 | Pages 649-653
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1290941
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The platinum on charcoal and polytetrafluorethylene (Pt/C/PTFE) is one of the most active and stable catalyst used for tritium removal from nuclear liquid effluents by isotopic exchange between hydrogen and water. This type of catalyst can be used alone or mixed with hydrophilic packing in so-called “mixed catalytic packing”. The mixed catalytic packing COMPACK CP-001 type has been selected and proposed by ICSI Rm-Valcea, to equip the liquid phase catalytic exchange (LPCE) columns from the future Industrial Tritium Removal from Cernavoda NPP (CTRF). The paper presents significant aspects concerning the manufacture of reproducible and homogenous batches of catalyst. Each preparation (follow: impregnation, drying, mixing, shaping and sintering) is presented and discussed. The main characteristics of Pt/C/PTFE catalyst (surface area; pores volume, metallic area, platinum particle size and SEM images are determined) in order to check the reproducibility and the homogeneity of catalyst batches manufactured by different workers. An automatic system for increasing of the productivity of manufacture has been manufactured and tested. The results of measurements on different batches handmade or automatic manufactured, showed close characteristics. This confirms the reproducibility of catalyst manufacture.