MTT - Carbon14-Tritium Furnaces

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This apparatus uses catalyst assisted combustion techniques to give a clean and precise approach to extracting carbon-14 & organically bound tritium or ‘fixed tritium’, eg tritium contained in concretes, steels and graphites, as well as ‘free water’.

A catalyst is used to ensure complete combustion of all thermal decomposition products. These are captured for liquid scintillation assay. This technique gives greater confidence of complete combustion than ‘wet oxidation’ techniques and avoids coloured contamination of scintillation media by botanical samples.

Computer control enables remote operation of multiple or individual units even in hazardous areas.

Standard features

  • 2-zone tube furnace configured for capture by combustion of organically bound carbon-14 and tritium
  • Large sample capacity up to 20 ml provides more accurate determinations
  • Originally developed in partnership with AEA Technology
  • 2 quartz glass work tube assemblies
  • 6 combustion boats
  • Three sets of glass gas bubblers (12 in total)
  • All connectors including the molecular sieve waste aerosol trap
  • Unique catalyst optimisation manifold
  • 6 copper wire catalysts
  • 3508P1 20 segment programmable temperature control for sample specific combustion protocols
  • Over-temperature protection of both heated zones
  • RS485 communications & control
  • Eurotherm iTools allows software storage & recall of specific sample protocols
  • Free from plastic or rubber components into which tritium can migrate
  • A comprehensive process instruction manual

Options (specify these at time of order)

  • Additional sets of bubblers (sets of 4)
  • Additional sets of combustion boats (sets of 6)
  • Additional work tubes
  • Additional copper catalyst (sets of 3)

Control Options

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