Separation of Uptake of Water and Ions in Porous Materials Using Energy Resolved Neutron Imaging
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Migration of water and ions dissolved in water through concrete is of interest in civil engineering. In particular, the behavior of radionuclides dissolved in water is of great interest to the nuclear industry because significant numbers of nuclear structures contain large amounts of concrete, acting as a barrier to radionuclides against entering the environment. Study of the migration of water molecules and ions in concrete hitherto required destructive chemical analysis. In this work, we present a non-destructive probe to investigate the uptake of uranium, iodine and water into mortar in situ using a time-of-flight neutron imaging method that allows selecting different neutron energies, providing elemental sensitivity in the analysis of the absorption process. First results indicate that water molecules are the fastest migrating species while iodine is significantly slower, and uranium was not observed to migrate through the structure within the time frame of the experiment and furthermore blocks the migration of water. Show more
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