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X-ray Spectrometric Analysis of Plutonium-Zirconium Alloys

Volume 29, Number 2 (April 1975) Page 175-178

Walden, J.C.; Wallace, P.L.; Magana, J.W.


An x-ray spectrometric method for analyzing binary plutonium-zirconium alloys containing 1 to 25 wt% Zr has been developed. The alloys are analyzed as solutions in 8 M nitric acid. Yttrium is added as an internal standard. The techniques involved in handling and containing the radioactive solutions in conventional liquid cells are described in detail. No modifications to the x-ray spectrometer are required. Adaptations of this method have been used for the analysis of binary plutonium-gallium and plutonium-uranium alloys.