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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Yoshinari Oshimi, Mayu Ohki, Misato Nagano, Takuyo Yasumatsu, Masanori Hara, Satoshi Akamaru, Masato Nakayama, Miki Shoji
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 4 | May 2020 | Pages 583-588
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2020.1729294
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For low-level tritium measurements using a liquid scintillation counter, scintillation vial selection is important. The applicability of polyethylene (PE) vials was studied. Three types of vials were tested: (1) 100-mL perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA) fluorine resin vials, (2) 100-mL PE vials, and (3) 145-mL PE vials. Ultima Gold LLT was the reference liquid scintillator in this study. The background counts for these vials were found to be 2.5 counts per minute. Tritiated water of 1.5 Bq‧mL−1 was employed as an internal standard to determine the counting efficiency. The counting efficiencies for the 100-mL PFA, 100-mL PE, and 145-mL PE vials were estimated to be 17%, 16%, and 13%, respectively. The lower limits of detection of these vials for a counting time of 100 min were 1.45 Bq‧L−1 for 100-mL PFA vials, 1.54 Bq‧L−1 for 100-mL PE vials, and 1.47 Bq‧L−1 for 145-mL PE vials. Thus, these vials demonstrate similar performances for tritium measurements.