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  • DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93JANUARY 1993

    DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOKCHEMISTRYVolume 2 of 2

    U.S. Department of Energy FSC-6910Washington, D.C. 20585

    Distribution Statement A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

    WelcomeThis Portable Document Format (PDF) file contains bookmarks, thumbnails, and hyperlinks to help you navigate through the document. The modules listed in the Overview are linked to the corresponding pages. Text headings in each module are linked to and from the table of contents for that module. Click on the DOE seal below to move to the Overview.

  • This document has been reproduced directly from the best available copy.

    Available to DOE and DOE contractors from the Office of Scientific andTechnical Information. P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

    Available to the public from the National Technical Information Services, U.S.Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal., Springfield, VA 22161.

    Order No. DE93012222

  • DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93CHEMISTRY

    ABSTRACT

    The ChemistryHandbook was developed to assist nuclear facility operating contractorsin providing operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff with the necessaryfundamentals training to ensure a basic understanding of chemistry. The handbook includesinformation on the atomic structure of matter; chemical bonding; chemical equations; chemicalinteractions involved with corrosion processes; water chemistry control, including the principlesof water treatment; the hazards of chemicals and gases, and basic gaseous diffusion processes.This information will provide personnel with a foundation for understanding the chemicalproperties of materials and the way these properties can impose limitations on the operation ofequipment and systems.

    Key Words: Training Material, Atomic Structure of Matter, The Periodic Table of theElements, Chemical Bonding, Corrosion, Water Chemistry Control, Water Treatment Principles,Chemical Hazards, Gaseous Diffusion Processes

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  • DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93CHEMISTRY

    FOREWORD

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Fundamentals Handbooksconsist of ten academicsubjects, which include Mathematics; Classical Physics; Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, andFluid Flow; Instrumentation and Control; Electrical Science; Material Science; MechanicalScience; Chemistry; Engineering Symbology, Prints, and Drawings; and Nuclear Physics andReactor Theory. The handbooks are provided as an aid to DOE nuclear facility contractors.

    These handbooks were first published as Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals in 1985for use by DOE category A reactors. The subject areas, subject matter content, and level ofdetail of the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals were determined from several sources.DOE Category A reactor training managers determined which materials should be included, andserved as a primary reference in the initial development phase. Training guidelines from thecommercial nuclear power industry, results of job and task analyses, and independent input fromcontractors and operations-oriented personnel were all considered and included to some degreein developing the text material and learning objectives.

    TheDOE Fundamentals Handbooksrepresent the needs of various DOE nuclear facilitiesfundamental training requirements. To increase their applicability to nonreactor nuclear facilities,the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manual learning objectives were distributed to the NuclearFacility Training Coordination Program Steering Committee for review and comment. To updatetheir reactor-specific content, DOE Category A reactor training managers also reviewed andcommented on the content. On the basis of feedback from these sources, information that appliedto two or more DOE nuclear facilities was considered generic and was included. The final draftof each of the handbooks was then reviewed by these two groups. This approach has resultedin revised modular handbooks that contain sufficient detail such that each facility may adjust thecontent to fit their specific needs.

    Each handbook contains an abstract, a foreword, an overview, learning objectives, and textmaterial, and is divided into modules so that content and order may be modified by individualDOE contractors to suit their specific training needs. Each handbook is supported by a separateexamination bank with an answer key.

    The DOE Fundamentals Handbookshave been prepared for the Assistant Secretary forNuclear Energy, Office of Nuclear Safety Policy and Standards, by the DOE TrainingCoordination Program. This program is managed by EG&G Idaho, Inc.

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  • DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93CHEMISTRY

    OVERVIEW

    The Department of Energy Fundamentals HandbookentitledChemistrywas prepared asan information resource for personnel who are responsible for the operation of the Departmentsnuclear facilities. An understanding of chemistry will enable contractor personnel to understandthe intent of the chemical concerns within their facility. A basic understanding of chemistry isnecessary for DOE nuclear facility operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff tosafely operate and maintain the facility and facility support systems. The information in thehandbook is presented to provide a foundation for applying engineering concepts to the job. Thisknowledge will help personnel understand the impact that their actions may have on the safe andreliable operation of facility components and systems.

    TheChemistryhandbook consists of five modules that are contained in two volumes. Thefollowing is a brief description of the information presented in each module of the handbook.

    Volume 1 of 2

    Module 1 - Fundamentals of Chemistry

    Introduces concepts on the atomic structure of matter. Discusses the periodic tableand the significance of the information in a periodic table. Explains chemicalbonding, the laws of chemistry, and chemical equations.

    Appendix A - Basic Separation Theory

    Introduces basic separation theory for the gaseous diffusion process.Discusses converter construction and basic operating principals.

    Module 2 - Corrosion

    Supplies basic information on the chemical interaction taking place during thecorrosion process between the environment and the corroding metal.

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  • DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93CHEMISTRY

    OVERVIEW (Cont.)

    Volume 2 of 2

    Module 3 - Reactor Water Chemistry

    Describes the chemical measures taken to retard the corrosion often found in watersystems. The consequences of radioactivity on facility cooling water systems arealso addressed.

    Module 4 - Principles of Water Treatment

    Details the principles of ion exchange in the context of water purity. Discussestypical water treatment methods and the basis for these methods.

    Module 5 - Hazards of Chemicals and Gases

    Explains why certain chemicals are considered hazardous to facility personnel.Includes general safety rules on handling and storage.

    The information contained in this handbook is by no means all encompassing. An attemptto present the entire subject of chemistry would be impractical. However, theChemistryHandbook does present enough information to provide the reader with a fundamental knowledgelevel sufficient to understand the advanced theoretical concepts presented in other subject areas,and to better understand basic system and equipment operation.

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  • Department of EnergyFundamentals Handbook

    CHEMISTRYModule 3

    Reactor Water Chemistry

  • Reactor Water Chemistry DOE-HDBK-1015/2-93 TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    LIST OF FIGURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii

    LIST OF TABLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii

    REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv

    OBJECTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

    EFFECTS OF RADIATIONON WATER CHEMISTRY (SYNTHESIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    Interaction of Radiation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    CHEMISTRY PARAMETERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Specific Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12pH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Dissolved Oxygen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Hydrogen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Total Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Conductivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Chlorides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Fluorine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Radioactivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Tritium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .