Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2010, Volume 13, Issue 2

Assessment of the Cryogenic Distillation System from Cernavoda Tritium Removal Facility

Gheorghe Paşca 1 , Mirela Drăghia 1 , Florina Porcariu 1 , George Ana 2

1 SC I.S.TECH SRL,Timocului Street, No.21, Timisoara, Code 300107, Romania
2 National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICIT Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, P.O. Box Raureni 7, 240050, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania

*Corresponding author: Mirela Draghia, e-mail:

Published: October 2010


This paper aims at presenting an assessment of the Cryogenic Distillation system (CD) from the Cernavoda Tritium Removal Facility (CTRF). The Cryogenic Distillation system is one of the key components of the CTRF which comprises other systems like the Liquid Phase Catalytic Exchange, designed to transfer tritium from heavy water to a deuterium stream to be fed into the CD system, Atmosphere Detritiation System, Tritium Recovery System, Tritium/Hydrogen Monitoring System, Central interlocking system and Tritium Extraction and Storage System.

Thus the need to build a tritium separation and recovery system derive from the economic opportunities offered both by heavy water reuse and tritium production, but at the same time it  offers an alternative for the storage of tritiated heavy water as radioactive waste.


Tritium, deuterium, heavy water, cryogenic distillation.

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