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Development of simulation code for MOX dissolution using silver-mediated electrochemical method (Contract research)

Kida, Takashi; Umeda, Miki ; Sugikawa, Susumu

MOX dissolution using silver-mediated electrochemical method will be employed for the preparation of plutonium nitrate solution in the criticality safety experiments in NUCEF. A simulation code for the MOX dissolution has been developed for the operating support. In this report an outline of the simulation code is proposed and a comparison with the experimental data and a parameter study on the MOX dissolution rate are described.The principle of this code is based on Zundelevich's model for PuO$$_{2}$$ dissolution using Ag$$^{2+}$$. The influence of nitrous acid on the material balance of Ag$$^{2+}$$ and the surface area of MOX powder on the basis of particle size distribution are taken into consideration in this model. A comparison with experimental data was carried out to confirm a validity of this model. It was confirmed that the behavior of MOX dissolution could adequately be simulated using the appropriate MOX dissolution rate constant. The parameters affecting the dissolution rate were studied, it was found that MOX particle size was major governing factor on the dissolution rate.



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