Defense Waste Processing Facility Radioactive Operations - Year Two

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The Savannah River Site`s Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) near Aiken, SC is the nation`s first high-level radioactive waste vitrification facility. This waste (130 million liters) which has been stored in carbon steel underground tanks and is now being pretreated, melted into a highly durable borosilicate glass and poured into stainless steel canisters for eventual disposal in a geologic repository. Following a ten-year construction period and nearly three-year nonradioactive test program, the DWPF began radioactive operations in March 1996. The first nine months of radioactive operations have been reported previously. As with any complex technical facility, difficulties were encountered during ... continued below

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Occhipinti, J.E.; Carter, J.T.; Edwards, R.E.; Beck, R.S. & Iverson, D.C. March 1, 1998.

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The Savannah River Site`s Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) near Aiken, SC is the nation`s first high-level radioactive waste vitrification facility. This waste (130 million liters) which has been stored in carbon steel underground tanks and is now being pretreated, melted into a highly durable borosilicate glass and poured into stainless steel canisters for eventual disposal in a geologic repository. Following a ten-year construction period and nearly three-year nonradioactive test program, the DWPF began radioactive operations in March 1996. The first nine months of radioactive operations have been reported previously. As with any complex technical facility, difficulties were encountered during the transition to radioactive operations. Results of the second year of radioactive operations are presented in this paper. The discussion includes: feed preparation and glass melting, resolution of the melter pouring issues, improvements in processing attainment and throughput, and planned improvements in laboratory attainment and throughput.

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OSTI as DE98051918

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  • Waste management `98, Tucson, AZ (United States), 1-5 Mar 1998

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  • Other: DE98051918
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--98-00108
  • Report No.: CONF-980307--
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 587193
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc694509

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Occhipinti, J.E.; Carter, J.T.; Edwards, R.E.; Beck, R.S. & Iverson, D.C. Defense Waste Processing Facility Radioactive Operations - Year Two, article, March 1, 1998; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc694509/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.