Tritium handling for experts
Our tritium manifold systems are vacuum-lines which are completly consisting of stainless steel. They are testet for leakage up to below 10-9 mbar l/s. Gaseous tritium is stored on uranium beds as uraniumtritide, the equilibrium partial pressure of T2 lies at 10-4 mbar at room temperature. Therefore the diffusion and release risk of tritium during storage is reduced to a minimum because there is almost no free tritium available. When fresh tritium is needed, the decay product He-3 can be easily pumped off, He-3 absorbed on the uranium bed can be removed by heating and subsequent cooling of the bed (T2 is fully reabsorbed during cooling). The highly toxic HTO can not be formed inside the manifold, since no contact between tritium and air occurs. After the use of T2 the remainig tritium can easily be reabsorbed back onto the uranium bed. Release to the exhaust air and furthermore to the environment can thus be minimized.
All our Tritiation Manifolds are based on U-Bed Technology because of the following big advantage: The reversible formation of uranium tritide (UT3) from uranium and tritium at room temperature is the key to storing large quantities of tritium in a small volume at the lowest pressure. By heating the uranium bed, helium-free tritium gas at the required pressure for the labelling reaction can be released and, after the completion of the reaction, all surplus tritium is recovered back on the uranium getter.
Discharge to the environment or conversion of tritium gas into highly toxic HTO waste is a thing of the past, thanks to this new technology. RC TRITEC units will greatly improve the radioprotection of your workers and of the environment and will also reduce your H-3 waste problems.
All volumes contained in the tritium manifold are reduced to a a few ml. Therefore the desired higher reaction pressures can be achieved even with small amounts on T2, thus reducing the employed amount of tritium and the overall risk of the process.
Each manifold is designed to the customer's specific needs, derived from well-approved basic layouts to guarantee successful operations. High quality, fully tritium-compatible modular components are mounted onto a panel which can afterwards be installed in a glove box or ventilated hood.
These tritium manifold systems are designed to be extended or modified whenever the requirements change. You will get a universal tool for a wide range of tritium R&D applications, also suitable for routine and production labelling work, including all gas handling and dispensing tasks. Exchange of damaged or contaminated modules can be easily performed by the user. Mixtures of T2 with H2 or D2 are easily prepared and allow low-activity tritium-labelling experiments to be performed.
To keep you up-to-date with innovation in the continuously-developing field tritium-labelling technology, we regularly organize workshops with participants from leading isotope laboratories using RC TRITEC manifolds. As a result, we can improve the design of our manifolds in the light of newly-available synthetic methodology.
Our tritiation systems are the product of our own daily practical work combined with the experiences and inputs of leading experts in labelling.