ASTM C1703 - 18 - Standard Practice for Sampling of Gaseous Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment

ASTM C1703 - 18

Standard Practice for Sampling of Gaseous Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment

Status : Current   Published : February 2018



1.1 This practice covers methods for withdrawing representative sample(s) of uranium hexafluoride (UF 6) during a transfer occurring in the gas phase. Such transfer in the gas phase can take place during the filling of a cylinder during a continuous production process, for example the distillation column in a conversion facility. Such sample(s) may be used for determining compliance with the applicable commercial specification, for example Specification C787.

1.2 Since UF 6 sampling is taken during the filling process, this practice does not address any special additional arrangements that may be agreed upon between the buyer and the seller when the sampled bulk material is being added to residues already present in a container (“heels recycle”). Such arrangements will be based on QA procedures such as traceability of cylinder origin (to prevent for example contamination with irradiated material).

1.3 If the receiving cylinder is purged after filling and sampling, special verifications must be performed by the user to verify the representativity of the sample(s). It is then expected that the results found on volatile impurities with gas phase sampling may be conservative.

1.4 This practice is only applicable when the transfer occurs in the gas phase. When the transfer is performed in the liquid phase, Practice C1052 should apply. This practice does not apply to gas sampling after the cylinder has been filled since the sample taken will not be representative of the cylinder.

1.5  This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6  This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

Standard NumberASTM C1703 - 18
TitleStandard Practice for Sampling of Gaseous Uranium Hexafluoride for Enrichment
Publication Date01 February 2018
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Descriptors Bulk sampling, nuclear material, uranium hexafluoride
File Size79 KB

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