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Research On Analytical Methods For The Determination Of Oxygen In Beryllium

Report Number: WADD TR 60-185
Author: Kallmann, Silve
Author: Liu, Robert
Author: Oberthin, Hans
Author: Collier, Fred
Corporate Author: Ledoux & Company
Laboratory: Materials Central
Date of Publication: 1960-12
Pages: 21
Contract: AF 33(616)-6281
Project: 7360
Task: 73615
AD Number: AD0261000

The inert gas fusion method is shown to be well suited for the determination of the total oxygen in beryllium metal. In order to release the oxygen from the very refractory beryllium oxide it is necessary to use a medium in which beryllium metal is soluble. Nickel was found to be the most suitable flux.

Among the methods based on differential solubility of beryllium, the bromine-methanol procedure was found superior. A limitation of the method is caused by the unspecificity of the reagent.

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