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Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear power plant water chemistry is important for the maintenance of nuclear safety, major component reliability, and the overall economic viability of plant operation.  Each nuclear power plant has a set of water chemistry matrices that are often specific for that plant and usually based on the water chemistry history and metallurgy of the plant.  In general though, the typical matrices are:

  • Pure water
  • Pure water with amine additives
  • Borated water
  • Closed cooling water (with high nitrite concentrations)
  • Environmental samples (effluents, soils, air etc.)

Reagent-Free Ion Chromatography has been adopted in most Nuclear Power Plants over the past 5 years due to its ease of use and improved detection limits which make for a good fit with the typical matrices and analytes which need to be monitored in this industry.