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Development of a simple reprocessing process using selective precipitant for uranyl ions; Fundamental studies for evaluating the precipitant performance

Koshino, Nobuyoshi*; Harada, Masayuki*; Morita, Yasuji; Kikuchi, Toshiaki*; Ikeda, Yasuhisa*

We have developed a simple reprocessing process for spent FBR fuels using N-cyclohexyl-2-pyrrolidone (NCP) which has selective precipitation ability for UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$ ions. It was confirmed that NCP has sufficient precipitation ability for UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$ ions, decontamination capability (separation of UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$ from simulated fission products), and resistance to $$gamma$$-ray radiation in nitric acid solutions. These findings indicate that NCP is applicable to our reprocessing process. We have also evaluated performances of other precipitants such as N-n-propyl-2-pyrrolidone (NProP), N-n-butyl-2-pyrrolidone (NBP), and N-n-butyl-2-pyridone (NBPyr). It was found that higher decontamination factors (DFs) are obtained by using NProP and NBP. This can be interpreted that the hydrophobicity of NProP and NBP is lower than that of NCP. Furthermore, we have obtained an experimental result that the resistance of NBPyr to $$gamma$$-ray radiation is superior to that of NCP.



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