Method development for thermal analyses testing on Reillex HPQ resin using the advanced reactive system screening tool (ARSST) [report]

D. Best
2016 unpublished
Reillex™ HPQ resin was developed by Los Alamos Laboratory and Reilly Industries Inc. in an effort to increase safety and process efficiency during the recovery and purification of plutonium. Ionac™ A-641, another strong base macroporous anion exchange resin used in the nuclear industry, was known to undergo a runaway reaction in hot nitric acid solutions. Because of this, an extensive amount of thermal analyses testing on the Reillex™ HPQ resin in SRNL was performed in 1999-2001 prior to use. A
more » ... 001 prior to use. A report on the thermal stability qualification of the Reillex™ HPQ resin in 8M (35%) and 12M (53%) HNO 3 was reported in 2000. 1 In 2001, the reactivity of Reillex™ HPQ resin in 14.4M (64%) HNO 3 was evaluated. 2 n January of 2001, thermal stability scoping tests were performed on irradiated Reillex™ HPQ resin in 14.4M (64%) HNO 3 (as a worst case scenario) and the results sent to Fauske and Associates to calculate a rupture disk size for the HB-Line resin column. 3 A technical report by Fauske and Associates 4 was issued in February 2001 recommending a 2.0" vent line with a rupture disk set pressure of 60 psig. This calculation was based on ARSST thermal analyses scoping tests at SRNL in which 4 grams of dried resin and 6.0 grams of 64% nitric acid in a 10 gram test cell, produced a maximum pressure rate (dP/dt) of 720 psi/min (12 psi/sec) and a maximum temperature of 250 °C.
doi:10.2172/1245747 fatcat:bo6ux7ezqrayjl75wbf46g54a4