Thermochimica Acta, Vol.637, 110-119, 2016
Calorimetric investigations of UPb3 compound
Interaction of uranium based metallic fuels and lead coolant can lead to formation of intermetallic compounds of U-Pb system. To understand U-Pb interactions, it is important to know thermodynamic properties of intermetallic compounds present in this system, UPb3 and UPb. In the present work, enthalpy increment, heat capacity and enthalpy of formation of UPb3 intermetallic compound were determined. The enthalpy increment was determined by high temperature Calvet calorimeter and heat capacity was determined using DSC. The heat capacity data was used to calculate thermodynamic parameters of the compound as a function of temperature. The enthalpy of formation at 843 K was determined using successive precipitation method, by direct reaction calorimetry. The enthalpy of formation at 843 K, from Pb(l) and U(l), was -28.9 kJ at-mol(-1) and after adjusting enthalpy increments of pure elements and compound, the enthalpy of formation of the compound at 298 K, from Pb(s) and U(alpha) was found to be -20.0 kJ at-mol(-1). (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.