Conference Proceedings Paper
ASSESSMENT OF ALTERNATE ION EXCHANGE RESINS FOR IMPROVED ANTIMONY REMOVAL FROM THE PRIMARY HEAT TRANSPORT SYSTEM
35th Annual CNS Conference - 2015 May 31 - June 3
R. Burany (Kinectrics)
S. Suryanarayan (Kinectrics)
A. Husain (Kinectrics)
Radiation fields around the CANDU heat transport system are a major contributor to worker dose during inspection, maintenance and refurbishment activities. While Co-60 is typically the dominant contributor to radiation fields in CANDU reactors, Sb-124, an activation product of antimony, is also a significant contributor, accounting for 5-20% of the radiation fields. The goal of this research project was to investigate resins for improved removal of antimony under both oxidizing and reducing conditions.Several candidate resins were tested and shortlisted through a sequence of iterative testing. The results of the laboratory testing have identified potential candidates for improved antimony removal. Further testing is required to ensure compatibility with existing station resin specifications.
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