ASTM C1463 - 19 - Standard Practices for Dissolving Glass Containing Radioactive and Mixed Waste for Chemical and Radiochemical Analysis

ASTM C1463 - 19

Standard Practices for Dissolving Glass Containing Radioactive and Mixed Waste for Chemical and Radiochemical Analysis

Status : Current   Published : February 2019



1.1 These practices cover techniques suitable for dissolving glass samples that may contain nuclear wastes. These techniques used together or independently will produce solutions that can be analyzed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), radiochemical methods and wet chemical techniques for major components, minor components and radionuclides.

1.2 One of the fusion practices and the microwave practice can be used in hot cells and shielded hoods after modification to meet local operational requirements.

1.3 The user of these practices must follow radiation protection guidelines in place for their specific laboratories.

1.4 Additional information relating to safety is included in the text.

1.5 The dissolution techniques described in these practices can be used for quality control of the feed materials and the product of plants vitrifying nuclear waste materials in glass.

1.6 These practices are introduced to provide the user with an alternative means to Test Methods C169 for dissolution of waste containing glass in shielded facilities. Test Methods C169 is not practical for use in such facilities and with radioactive materials.

1.7 The ICP-AES methods in Test Methods C1109 and C1111 can be used to analyze the dissolved sample with additional sample preparation as necessary and with matrix effect considerations. Additional information as to other analytical methods can be found in Test Method C169.

1.8 Solutions from this practice may be suitable for analysis using ICP-MS after establishing laboratory performance criteria and verification that the criteria can be met. For example, Test Methods C1287 or C1637 may be used with additional sample preparation as necessary and appropriate matrix effect considerations.

1.9 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. Units in parentheses are for information only.

1.10  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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Sections 10, 20, and 30.

1.11  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 C1463 - 19
TitleStandard Practices for Dissolving Glass Containing Radioactive and Mixed Waste for Chemical and Radiochemical Analysis
Publication Date01 February 2019
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 alkaline fusion, borosilicate glass, dissolving glass, ICP-AES, ICP-MS, microwave digestion, nuclear waste in glass
File Size199 KB

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