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Title: Reprocessing of homogeneous beryllium-based reactor fuel - a suggested scheme for the selective aqueous dissolution of the matrix.
Authors: Farrell, MS
Temple, RB
Issue Date: Aug-1962
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Abstract: The matrix of a dilute homogeneous H.T.G.C, reactor fuel employing metallic beryllium as a moderator can be selectively dissolved by a caustic soda solution containing salicylate ion. At least 99 per cent, of the uranium and thorium can be recovered as insoluble solids, but in the case of irradiated material the uranium loss might be higher. Some decontamination of the resulting beryllium solution from fission products and Pa233 can also be obtained. A tentative chemical flowsheet is proposed on the basis of the results obtained.
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