Support and control system of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant gas generation experiment glovebox

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A glovebox was designed and fabricated to house test containers loaded with contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste. The test containers were designed to simulate the environmental characteristics of the caverns at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The support and control systems used to operate and maintain the Gas Generation Experiment (GGE) include the following: glovebox atmosphere and pressure control, test container support, glovebox operation support, and gas supply and exhaust systems. The glovebox atmosphere and pressure control systems consist of various components used to control both the pressure and quality of the argon atmosphere inside the glovebox. The glovebox ... continued below

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Benjamin, W.W.; Knight, C.J.; Michelbacher, J.A. & Rosenberg, K.E. September 1, 1997.

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A glovebox was designed and fabricated to house test containers loaded with contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste. The test containers were designed to simulate the environmental characteristics of the caverns at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The support and control systems used to operate and maintain the Gas Generation Experiment (GGE) include the following: glovebox atmosphere and pressure control, test container support, glovebox operation support, and gas supply and exhaust systems. The glovebox atmosphere and pressure control systems consist of various components used to control both the pressure and quality of the argon atmosphere inside the glovebox. The glovebox pressure is maintained by three separate pressure control systems. The primary pressure control system is designed to maintain the glovebox at a negative pressure with the other two control systems serving as redundant safety backups. The quality of the argon atmosphere is controlled using a purifying bed system that removes oxygen and moisture. Glovebox atmosphere contaminants that are monitored on a continuous or periodic basis include moisture, oxygen, and nitrogen. The gas generation experiment requires the test containers to be filled with brine, leak tested, maintained at a constant temperature, and the gas head space of the test container sampled on a periodic basis. Test container support systems consisting of a brine addition system, leak test system, heating system, and gas sampling system were designed and implemented. A rupture disk system was constructed to provide pressure relief to the test containers. Operational requirements stipulated that test container temperature and pressure be monitored and collected on a continuous basis. A data acquisition system (DAS) was specifically designed to meet these requirements.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97053709

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  • American Glovebox Society conference, Lakewood, CO (United States), 21-24 Jul 1997

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  • Other: DE97053709
  • Report No.: ANL/ED/CP--92364
  • Report No.: CONF-970791--
  • Grant Number: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 561186
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691109

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Benjamin, W.W.; Knight, C.J.; Michelbacher, J.A. & Rosenberg, K.E. Support and control system of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant gas generation experiment glovebox, article, September 1, 1997; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691109/: accessed September 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.