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Evaluation of the remaining spent extraction solvent in vermiculite after leaching tests via PIXE analysis

Arai, Yoichi  ; Watanabe, So  ; Hasegawa, Kenta; Okamura, Nobuo ; Watanabe, Masayuki; Takeda, Keisuke*; Fukumoto, Hiroki*; Ago, Tomohiro*; Hagura, Naoto*; Tsukahara, Takehiko*

Spent PUREX solvent, which mainly consists of tributyl phosphate (TBP) and normal dodecane, is generated by solvent extraction of Plutonium and Uranium in the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing. One of the treatment options for storage of the spent solvent is adsorption of the liquid into vermiculite. The organic liquid is considered to be trapped between layers of the vermiculite. Our previous experiments on the adsorption of spent solvent into the vermiculite have shown that some parts of loaded solvent gradually leaked out from the vermiculite. In order to investigate the adsorption mechanism and capacity, elution behavior of the loaded solvent into organic diluents were evaluated. A part of the loaded solvent was easily leaked into the diluent, while some solvent remained inside the particle even after the leaching test. In this study, the adsorption capacity of the vermiculite was evaluated through amount of remaining solvent after washing with diluents. The amount of the remaining solvent was analyzed by Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) on P contained in TBP. Peak intensity of P-K$$alpha$$ line depended on the washing condition, and the behavior of the amount of change in adsorbed P atom qualitatively agreed with the results of the leaching test.

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