SMALL-SCALE DECONTAMINATION OF RADIOACTIVE WATERS BY ION EXCHANGE
VANDERBILT UNIV NASHVILLE TN
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Laboratory studies have shown that turbidity or suspended solids, particularly clay minerals in the raw waters impose a limitation on the ion exchange process, and it is desirable to require prior filtration of the raw waters. Specific laboratory studies were conducted to determine the relationship between suspended solids and ion exchange resins and to ascertain the effect of suspended solids on the removal of radiostrontium by ion exchange resins. A decontamination unit which includes both filtration and ion exchange, using synthetic ion exchange resins, is specified, and considerations in the design of the unit are enumerated. A decontamination unit meeting the prescribed criteria would be reasonably simple in operation and would be capable of adequate de contamination performance, however it appears that the cost of the unit would be greater than desired. A detailed study of the relative costs of the de contamination unit and alternate sources of un contaminated waters, such as emergency stores of water, is desirable under the circumstances. Preliminary estimates indicate the decontamination unit would not be more economical than stored water unless the total volume of required water exceeded two or three hundred gallons.
- Radiation Pollution and Control