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Preparation of uranium carbide through carbothermic reduction of uranium dioxide.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The project started with a preparatory literature study and thermodynamic consid-

erations. The main purpose was to synthesise uranium carbide through carbothermic

reduction. The synthesis method was developed through a serie of experiments. Ele-

mental analysis for carbon, oxygen and nitrogen was performed on the product and

modifcations were made to the method based on the results in the analysis. In

addition, XRD was performed to complement the elemental analysis and obtain in-

formation about the structure and phases present in the product. The purest product

contained 1.9 wt. % oxygen, 1.3 wt. % nitrogen and 5.2 wt. % carbon. The stoi-

chiometric composition of the product was

UC1.1 O0.3 N0.2. The conclusion is that in

order to obtain a pure carbide it is important to ensure good mixing of reactants and

minimise potential contamination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 24 p.
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149675OAI: diva2:740812
Available from: 2014-08-26 Created: 2014-08-26 Last updated: 2014-08-26Bibliographically approved

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