Depleted Uranium Analysis

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Depleted Uranium Analysis

There is a growing interest and concern for monitoring depleted uranium in the environment. Depleted uranium, or 238U, is used in armor-piercing shells. Peacekeeping efforts around the world have left behind depleted uranium -- as a reminder of the troop's presence. Some studies indicate it may negatively affect human health if ingested or inhaled, as in the water supply or dust.

Two companies have products for analyzing depleted uranium in the environment.

Niron

Self-excited X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer

  • Rapid identification of Uranium
  • No chemical analysis

Typical detection limits
*Assumes standard 37 mm diameter cellulose-ester filter, 8 hour air sampling time


ORDELA

PERALS
(Photon-Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation - Spectrometer)
  • Uranium is leached out of the soil or sample
  • 99.7% counting efficiency
  • low (<0.01 dpm) background
  • 1 pCi/gram soil sensitivity; 1 pCi/L uranium in water sensitivity
For additional information, contact AMALE by E-mail and ask for more specifics on analyzing for depleted uranium in the environment.

 

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