Degradation of a N06690 borescope in a radioactive waste/glass melter system

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Radioactive liquid waste from nuclear materials production processes wi11 be vitrified in the Defense Waste Process Facility (DWPF) melter. The melter borescope outer housing, fabricated from N06690, was severely degraded by the combined effects of corrosion and oxidation after only five months of non radioactive operation. The melter was idled and not being fed over 85% of the time during the cold run operations. The borescope was designed to perform in an oxygen rich, chloride containing environment with temperatures approaching 900{degree}C (1650{degree}F). The housing was designed for a minimum of two years of continuous service in the DWPF melter. Air ... continued below

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Imrich, K. J. September 1995.

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Radioactive liquid waste from nuclear materials production processes wi11 be vitrified in the Defense Waste Process Facility (DWPF) melter. The melter borescope outer housing, fabricated from N06690, was severely degraded by the combined effects of corrosion and oxidation after only five months of non radioactive operation. The melter was idled and not being fed over 85% of the time during the cold run operations. The borescope was designed to perform in an oxygen rich, chloride containing environment with temperatures approaching 900{degree}C (1650{degree}F). The housing was designed for a minimum of two years of continuous service in the DWPF melter. Air and steam were purged through the borescope and swept over the optics assembly to keep molten glass and volatile gases from depositing on the lens cover. Upon exiting the borescope the air passes through a N06690 orifice and enters the melter. Severe oxidation was observed around the orifice. Extensive material loss was also observed on the side of the outer housing which protrudes through the dome of the melter. Redesign of the borescope is currently underway and will include a new set of optics that will allow the size of the orifice to be significantly decreased, thus reducing the amount of air necessary to keep the lens cover clean. Application of a duplex diffusion coating, consisting of chromium and aluminum, on the end of the borescope outer housing and the use of an inert gas purge are also being considered.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95017479

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  • 2. international conference on heat resistant materials, Gatlinburg, TN (United States), 11-14 Sep 1995

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  • Other: DE95017479
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--95-0192
  • Report No.: CONF-950908--4
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 104765
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621445

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Imrich, K. J. Degradation of a N06690 borescope in a radioactive waste/glass melter system, article, September 1995; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621445/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.