Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy

Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy

  ISSN: 1818-331X (Print), 2074-0565 (Online)
  Publisher: Institute for Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  Languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian
  Periodicity: 4 times per year

  Open access peer reviewed journal

 Home page   About 
Nucl. Phys. At. Energy 2017, volume 18, issue 1, pages 37-42.
Section: Atomic Energy.
Received: 24.04.2017; Accepted: 15.06.2017; Published online: 7.08.2017.
PDF Full Text (ru)

Comparative assessment of the sorption properties of carbon filters used in the ventilation system of NPP, using 131I and 127I

V. V. Levenets*, A. Yu. Lonin, A. P. Omelnik, V. I. Sokolenko, A. O. Shchur

National Science Center "Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology", Kharkiv, Ukraine

*Corresponding author. E-mail address:

Abstract: Comparison of the methods for determining sorption properties of the SKT-3I adsorbent using 131I and 127I were carried out. 127I was determined in the carbon matrix by the characteristic X-ray emission of the K-series of iodine atoms excited by gamma radiation with an energy of 60 keV from the radioactive source 241Am. 131I was determined by the registration of the gamma lines with energy of 364 keV. The correlation coefficient was determined for these methods, which allowed asserting that both methods give an adequate estimation of the sorption properties of SKT-3I. This makes it possible to use the method with 127I to estimate the sorbents purification coefficient of carbon filters used in ventilation systems at Ukrainian NPPs.

Keywords: NPPs ventilation system, iodine, carbon adsorbent, characteristic X-ray radiation.


1. A. Zholud', Development of Atomic Energy in Ukraine: Small Steps or Big Leaps. (Rus)

2. I.Ya. Vasilenko, Energiya: ekonomika, tekhnika, ekologiya, 5 (2003) 57 - 62. (Rus)

3. Studies of methods and means for cleaning air emissions from radioactive aerosols and gases, Moskva: Atomizdat, Vol. 5 (1978), 116 p. (Rus)

4. Testing and Monitoring of Off-gas Cleanup Systems at Nuclear Facilities, Technical Reports Series No. 243, IAEA, Vienna (1984).

5. D3803-91(2009). Standard Test Method for Nuclear Grade Activated Carbon, ASTM International (2009), 18 .

6. Sorbents for trapping radioiodine at nuclear power stations. Method for determination of sorption capacity index: State standard 54443-2011. [Valid from 01.01.2012]. Moskva (2011), 21 p. (The National Standard of the Russian Federation). (Rus)

7. V.V. Levenets, V.I. Sokolenk, E.I. Vinokurov et al., Determination of the coefficient of iodine absorption carbon materials adsorber ventilation NPP using stable isotopes, PAST. Series: Vacuum, Pure Materials, Superconductors 1 (2016) 56 - 60.

8. A.V. Obruchikov, V.V. Shirkov, L.N. Rastunov, Uspekhi v Khimii i Khimicheskoj Tekhnologii 8 (2008) 9 - 12. (Rus)

9. A.O. Merkushin, A.V. Obruchikov, Je Aung Min, Uspekhi v Khimii i Khimicheskoj Tekhnologii 6 (2013) 42 - 46. (Rus)

10. A.P. Omel'nik, V.V. Levenets, A.Yu. Lonin, A.A. Shchur, Voprosy atomnoj nauki i tekhniki. Seriya: Fizika radiatsionnykh povrezhdenij i radiatsionnoe materialovedenie 5 (2015) 145 - 151. (Rus)

11. A.P. Omel'nik, V.V. Levenets, A.Yu. Lonin, A.A. Shchur, Metody i Ob'ekty Khimicheskogo Analiza 10, No. 3 (2015) 128 - 134. (Rus)

12. V.M. Mukhin, A.A. Kurilkin, N.L. Voropaeva et al., Sorbtsionnye i Khromatograficheskie Protsessy 16, No. 3 (2016) 346 - 353. (Rus)

13. N.V. Keltsev, Basics of adsorption technique, Moskva: Chimiya (1976), 511 p. (Rus)

14. J.G. Wilhelm, Iodine filters in nuclear installations, Commission of the European Communities (1982), 209 p.

15. A.V. Obruchikov, A.O. Merkushin, The capture of radioactive methyl iodide by a composite sorbent based on polyurethane foam, Scientific and Practical Conf. "Ecology and Safety in the Technosphere: Modern Problems and Solutions", Yurga (2013), P. 18 - 21. (Rus)