Title: In-situ high temperature EXAFS measurements on radioactive and air sensitive molten salt materials
Authors: SMITH ANNAVERLEG MALTEVLIELAND JOHNDE HAAS DICKOCADIZ-FLORES JAEN ALONSOMARTIN PHILIPPEROTHE J.DARDENNE K.SALANNE MATHIEUGHERIBI AIMENCAPELLI ELISAVAN EIJCK L.KONINGS RUDY
Citation: JOURNAL OF SYNCHROTRON RADIATION vol. 26 p. 124-136
Publisher: INT UNION CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC112685
ISSN: 1600-5775 (online)
URI: http://scripts.iucr.org/cgi-bin/paper?S160057751801648X
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC112685
DOI: 10.1107/S160057751801648X
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The development at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) of an experimental set-up dedicated to high temperature in-situ EXAFS measurements of radioactive, air sensitive and corrosive fluoride salts is reported in this work. A detailed description of the sample containment cell, of the furnace design, and of the measurement geometry adapted to satisfy the constraints of the INE beamline at the Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA) (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany) is given herein. The performance of the equipment is tested with the room temperature measurement of thorium tetrafluoride, and the Th-F and Th-Th bond distances obtained by fitting of the EXAFS data are compared with the ones extracted from a refinement of neutron diffraction data collected at the PEARL beamline at TU Delft. The adequacy of the sample confinement is checked with a mapping of the thorium concentration profile of molten salt material. Finally, a few selected salt mixtures in the LiF-ThF4 (X(ThF4=0.1, 0.25, 0.5) and NaF-ThF4 (X(ThF4)=0.33, 0.5) systems are measured in the molten state. Qualitative trends along the series are discussed, and the experimental data for the (LiF:ThF4)=(0.5:0.5) composition are compared with the EXAFS spectrum generated from molecular dynamics simulations.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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