Dissolution of Haematite in Citric Acid-EDTA-Ascorbic Acid Mixtures
<BR>This study is related to the development of a suitable mixture of citric acid, EDTA and ascorbic acid (CEA) for dissolving the haematite deposited on the structural surfaces of cooling water circuits in BWRs. The dissolution experiments were performed with synthetically prepared haematite. The dependence of the dissolution rates on each of the constituents of the mixture has been evaluated using a 'grain model'. It was found to be Langmuirian in the case of citric acid, linear in the case of EDTA and independent of ascorbic acid concentration. The ratio of molar concentration of the ligand to the total iron was varied from 0.5-2.5. Activation energy of the dissolution in a CEA mixture having stoichiometrically excess EDTA has been determined by performing experiments upto 353 K. The highest dissolution was obtained in 11:44:4 mol•m-3 and 2:55:4 mol•m-3 CEA mixtures.
- Journal of nuclear science and technology
Journal of nuclear science and technology 33(6), p.479-485, 1996-06-25
Atomic Energy Society of Japan