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Characterizations of plutonium nitrate solutions for criticality calculations

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Title: Characterizations of plutonium nitrate solutions for criticality calculations
Author: Miller, John Anthony
Advisor(s): Busch, Robert D.
Committee Member(s): Mead, Richard W.
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
Subject(s): Plutonium nitrate
Criticality
LC Subject(s): Plutonium.
Criticality (Nuclear engineering)--Measurement
Radioactive wastes--Characterization
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: In the modeling of plutonium nitrate systems for criticality calculations, the chemical formula is usually assumed to be Pu(N03)4 (where plutonium is in the +4 valence state). However in a unique situation of chemistry, plutonium has four oxidation states (III), (IV), (V), and (VI) that can exist in finite concentrations, simultaneously in aqueous solutions, in equilibrium with each other.
Graduation Date: May 1997
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/14545

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