Conference Proceedings Paper
USING MUONIUM TO PROBE THE KINETICS OF THE REACTION BETWEEN THE H ATOM AND OH- IN SUPERHEATED WATER
The 5th International Symposium on SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors - 2011 March 13-16
Khashayar Ghandi (Mount Allison University)
Christopher Alcorn (Mount Allison University)
Jean Claude Brodovitch (Simon Fraser University)
Emma Driedger (Mount Allison University)
M. Mozafari (Simon Fraser University)
Paul W. Percival (Simon Fraser University)
Palak Satija (Mount Allison University)
Operation of a supercritical-water-cooled nuclear reactor requires knowledge of water chemistry over a wide range of conditions. The considerable knowledge gap for conditions above the operating temperature of current-generation CANDU reactors is the target of this study. Since the H atom is difficult to probe at the desired temperatures and pressures, muonium is used as an alternative. In the current CANDU reactors, coolant pH is controlled using LiOH. We are studying how the rate constants for the reaction of muonium with LiOH and NaOH change with temperature and pressure.
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