Tritium water distillation assisted with adsorption and isotopic exchange

Y. Miho, S. Fukada, T. Motomura, J. Mizutani, S. Hirano, M. Arimoto, T. Takeuchi

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Water distillation packed with materials having adsorption ability is proposed for wastewater detritiation, and behavior of HTO depletion or enrichment is experimentally investigated. It is proved that the apparent volatility ratio of H2O-to-HTO is increased by an isotopic effect on adsorption under a steady-state operation. Danckwerts'surface renewal model is applied to explain the Tenrichment process in a lab-scale water distillation column. The effect is estimated in terms of an adsorption enhancement factor included in the T separation factor, σHT,ad, which depends on the kinds of adsorbents and liquid-vapor flow conditions. The value of the enhancement factor is also confirmed σHT,ad = 1.02 in a comparatively large-scale distillation operation packed with Sulzer packing or Raschig ring coated with zeolite adsorbent. A large-scale distillation tower can be designed to detritiate radioactive wastewater generated in Fukushima's Daiichi NPS based on the present experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-332
Number of pages7
JournalFusion Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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