Experimental facilities for pyrochemical development at the Savannah River Site

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The Savannah River Site is installing a multifunctional Pyrochemical Development Laboratory (PDL) to pursue new technology for plutonium recovery. Many future plutonium scrap feed stocks cannot be efficiently processed in SRS facilities using aqueous flow sheets and existing equipment due to poor dissolution behavior or corrosive constituents. Pyrochemical treatment processes will be developed to convert these scraps into viable feedstocks for SRS processing. A technology data base will also be developed for pyrochemical process commonly used to recover plutonium from retired weapon components. The intent of all development programs is to integrate pyrochemical technology with the existing aqueous capabilities at ... continued below

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Rudisill, T.S. January 1, 1989.

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The Savannah River Site is installing a multifunctional Pyrochemical Development Laboratory (PDL) to pursue new technology for plutonium recovery. Many future plutonium scrap feed stocks cannot be efficiently processed in SRS facilities using aqueous flow sheets and existing equipment due to poor dissolution behavior or corrosive constituents. Pyrochemical treatment processes will be developed to convert these scraps into viable feedstocks for SRS processing. A technology data base will also be developed for pyrochemical process commonly used to recover plutonium from retired weapon components. The intent of all development programs is to integrate pyrochemical technology with the existing aqueous capabilities at SRS in way that maximizes plutonium recovery, minimize waste generation, and provides an essential contingency capacity for plutonium processing. Five gloveboxes will be provided in the PDL. A stationary, resistance heated furnace will be located in each of two boxes. These furnaces will provide the PDL with the capability to develop flow sheets involving most pyrochemical operations. A third glovebox in the laboratory will be used for plutonium hydriding. Nondestructive analysis (NDA) instrumentation will be installed in a fourth. The furnace, hydriding, and NDA gloveboxes will be provided with high quality argon atmospheres. In order to maintain the purity, the fifth glovebox will serve the primary entrance, exit, and staging area for the glovebox line.

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NTIS, PC A03/MF A01 - OSTI; 1.

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  • 13. actinide separations conference, Idaho Falls, ID, USA, 1 May 1989

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  • Other: DE89013552
  • Report No.: WSRC-RP-89-87
  • Report No.: CONF-8905122-5-Vugraphs
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6075933
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1114441

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Rudisill, T.S. Experimental facilities for pyrochemical development at the Savannah River Site, article, January 1, 1989; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1114441/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.