Title: Investigation of sulphur isotope variation due to different processes applied during uranium ore concentrate production
Authors: KRAJKO JUDITVARGA ZSOLTWALLENIUS MariaMAYER KlausKONINGS Rudy
Citation: JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY vol. 309 no. 3 p. 1113-1121
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC97914
ISSN: 0236-5731
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10967-016-4733-5
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC97914
DOI: 10.1007/s10967-016-4733-5
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The applicability and limitations of sulphur isotope ratio as a nuclear forensic signature have been studied. The typically applied leaching methods in uranium mining processes were simulated for five uranium ore samples and the n(34S)/n(32S) ratios were measured. The sulphur isotope ratio variation during uranium ore concentrate (UOC) production was also followed using two real-life sample sets obtained from industrial UOC production facilities. Once the major source of sulphur is revealed, its appropriate application for origin assessment can be established. Our results confirm the previous assumption that process reagents have a significant effect on the n(34S)/n(32S) ratio, thus the sulphur isotope ratio is in most cases a process-related signature.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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