Determination of elements and radionuclides concentration in reaktor triga puspati (RTP) coolant and its corrosion rate on various metals / Nur Syazana Yusri

Yusri, Nur Syazana (2018) Determination of elements and radionuclides concentration in reaktor triga puspati (RTP) coolant and its corrosion rate on various metals / Nur Syazana Yusri. [Student Project] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Reaktor TRIGA PUSPATI is the only nuclear research reactor in Malaysia and
started to operate since 1982. It uses light water as reactor coolant. The cooling
system consists of primary cooling system, which embedded with water purification
system and secondary cooling system. The systems structures are made up of metals
mainly from Aluminum 6061 (AI6061), Stainless Steel 304 (SS304) and Stainless
Steel 316 (SS316). In this study, primary, secondary and make-up water were
sampled and went through several water quality analysis. Through in-situ
measurement analysis, pH and Conductivity value in all reactor coolant samples
were found to be within the acceptable operational limit which indicates the reactor
water quality is excellent and sufficient for a safe reactor operation. The screening
analysis of element concentration presence in primary, secondary and make-up
water samples was found to be in the range of 0.01 ppb to 3.02 ppm, 0.01 ppb to
>1000 ppm and 0.01 to 17.54 ppm, respectively. The elemental analysis was
performed using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). The
highest element concentration determined in primary, secondary and make-up
water samples were found to be Sulphur, Natrium and Rubidium, respectively. The
radionuclides radioactivity levels were analyzed using Hyper-pure Germanium
(HpGe) gamma spectrometry. Four radionuclides were detected in primary water
samples with specific activity in the range of 112.16 Bqkg-1 to 9450.09 Bqkg-1,
namely Na-24, Ar-41 , Mn-56 and W-187. Lastly, the corrosion rate analysis
between reactor coolant samples and various metals was' performed using Tafel
extrapolation method. As for now, it was concluded that the relationship between
reactor coolant sample types and corrosion rate achieved in this study is still
unclear. Though, all the corrosion rate analysis results were reported low and can
be considered insignificant to cause major degradation to the reactor systems,
structures and components integrity during the nuclear reactor operational life time.

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Item Type: Student Project
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Yusri, Nur Syazana
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter
Q Science > QC Physics > Electron
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus > Faculty of Applied Sciences
Item ID: 24923
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reaktor TRIGA PUSPATI, Water purification system, Secondary cooling system, Aluminum 6061 (AI6061), Stainless Steel 304 (SS304), Stainless Steel 316 (SS316), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, Hyper-pure Germanium, Nuclear reactor operational life time.
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/24923

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