Recovery and recycling of aluminum, copper, and precious metals from dismantled weapon components

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Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is tasked to support the Department of Energy in the dismantlement and disposal of SNL designed weapon components. These components are sealed in a potting compound, and contain heavy metals, explosive, radioactive, and toxic materials in discrete sub-components. SNL developed and demonstrated a process to identify and remove the hazardous sub-components utilizing real-time radiography and abrasive water-jet cutting. The remaining components were then crushed, granulated, screened, and separated into an aluminum and a precious-and-base-metals fraction using air-tables. Plastics were further cleaned for disposal as non-hazardous waste. The New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources assisted ... continued below

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Lutz, J.D.; Wheelis, W.T. & Gundiler, I.H. February 1, 1995.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is tasked to support the Department of Energy in the dismantlement and disposal of SNL designed weapon components. These components are sealed in a potting compound, and contain heavy metals, explosive, radioactive, and toxic materials in discrete sub-components. SNL developed and demonstrated a process to identify and remove the hazardous sub-components utilizing real-time radiography and abrasive water-jet cutting. The remaining components were then crushed, granulated, screened, and separated into an aluminum and a precious-and-base-metals fraction using air-tables. Plastics were further cleaned for disposal as non-hazardous waste. The New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources assisted SNL in investigation of size-reduction and separation technologies and in the development of a conceptual design for a mechanical separation system.

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OSTI as DE95007711

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  • Other: DE95007711
  • Report No.: SAND--94-2759
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/25039 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 25039
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671906

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Lutz, J.D.; Wheelis, W.T. & Gundiler, I.H. Recovery and recycling of aluminum, copper, and precious metals from dismantled weapon components, report, February 1, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc671906/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.