Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 12, Pages: 1222-1223
M. V. Subitha1 , S. Sathiakala1 , K. G. Subramanian2 and B. S. Panigrahi*2
1 On deputation to IGCAR from BHAVINI,
2 Technical Services Division, ROMG, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (TN), India
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Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40MWt/13Mwe, sodium cooled nuclear reactor. Its cooling water system (CWS) consists of an open re-circulating type with an induced draft cooling tower and Palar river water is used the cooling medium. The metallurgy of CWS consists of carbon steel, copper, admiralty brass, aluminum brass, bronze, cupronickel etc. The possible release of metals (including heavy metals) to the environment from the CWS as a result of corrosion or due to the cooling water treatment chemicals are examined in this study using High Pressure Ion Chromatography (HPIC). The Zinc and Nickel concentrations in the makeup water as well as CWS blow down samples were found to at trace level. The concentrations of transition metals are well within the general standards for discharge of Environmental pollutants.
Keywords: FBTR, cooling water, water analysis, effluent, HPIC.
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