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  • Main Title Development of a design package for a viscous barrier at the Savannah River Site


  • Author: Moridis, G.J.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: James, A.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Oldenburg, C.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Earth Sciences Div.


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: California
    Additional Info: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)


  • Creation: 1996-10-01


  • English


  • Content Description: This paper describes elements of a design for a pilot-scale field demonstration of a new subsurface containment technology for waste isolation developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which uses a new generation of barrier liquids for permeation grouting. The demonstration site was Retention Basin 281-3H, a shallow catchment basin at the Savannah River Site (SRS), originally built to control contaminated runoff for the H Reactor, and which has been contaminated mainly by radionuclides. The LBNL viscous barrier technology employs barrier liquids which, when injected into the subsurface, produce chemically benign nearly impermeable barriers through a very large increase in viscosity. The initially low-viscosity liquids are emplaced through multiple injection points in the subsurface and the intersecting plumes merge and completely surround the contaminant source and/or plume. Once in place, they gel or cure to form a nearly impermeable barrier. The barrier liquid to be used in this application is Colloidal Silica (CS), an aqueous suspension of silica microspheres in a stabilizing electrolyte. It has excellent durability characteristics, poses no health hazard, is practically unaffected by filtration, and is chemically and biologically benign.
  • Physical Description: 10 p.


  • Keyword: Settling Ponds
  • Keyword: Mitigation
  • Keyword: Radionuclide Migration
  • Keyword: Fluid Injection
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Soils
  • Keyword: Silica Gel
  • Keyword: Colloids
  • Keyword: Sealing Materials
  • Keyword: Containment Systems
  • Keyword: Savannah River Plant
  • Keyword: Remedial Action
  • Keyword: Grouting
  • Keyword: Curing
  • Keyword: Field Tests


  • Conference: International containment technology conference and exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL (United States), 9-12 Feb 1997


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE97003477
  • Report No.: LBNL--39487
  • Report No.: CONF-970208--10
  • Grant Number: AC03-76SF00098
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 446325
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc684093


  • Display Note: INIS; OSTI as DE97003477