Flowsheet modifications for dissolution of sand, slag, and crucible residues in the F-canyon dissolvers

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An initial flowsheet for the dissolution of sand, slag, and crucible (SS{ampersand}C) was developed for the F- Canyon dissolvers as an alternative to dissolution in FB-Line. In that flowsheet, the sand fines were separated from the slag chunks and crucible fragments. Those two SS{ampersand}C streams were packaged separately in mild-steel cans for dissolution in the 6.4D dissolver. Nuclear safety constraints limited the dissolver charge to approximately 350 grams of plutonium in two of the three wells of the dissolver insert and required 0.23M (molar) boron as a soluble neutron poison in the 9.3M nitric acid/0.013M fluoride dissolver solution. During the ... continued below

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Rudisill, T.S.; Karraker, D.G. & Graham, F.R. December 1, 1997.

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An initial flowsheet for the dissolution of sand, slag, and crucible (SS{ampersand}C) was developed for the F- Canyon dissolvers as an alternative to dissolution in FB-Line. In that flowsheet, the sand fines were separated from the slag chunks and crucible fragments. Those two SS{ampersand}C streams were packaged separately in mild-steel cans for dissolution in the 6.4D dissolver. Nuclear safety constraints limited the dissolver charge to approximately 350 grams of plutonium in two of the three wells of the dissolver insert and required 0.23M (molar) boron as a soluble neutron poison in the 9.3M nitric acid/0.013M fluoride dissolver solution. During the first dissolution of SS{ampersand}C fines, it became apparent that a significant amount of the plutonium charged to the 6.4D dissolver did not dissolve in the time predicted by previous laboratory experiments. The extended dissolution time was attributed to fluoride complexation by boron. An extensive research and development (R{ampersand}D) program was initiated to investigate the dissolution chemistry and the physical configuration of the dissolver insert to understand what flowsheet modifications were needed to achieve a viable dissolution process.

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  • Other: DE98051769
  • Report No.: WSRC-TR--97-00395
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • DOI: 10.2172/574528 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 574528
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc698498

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Rudisill, T.S.; Karraker, D.G. & Graham, F.R. Flowsheet modifications for dissolution of sand, slag, and crucible residues in the F-canyon dissolvers, report, December 1, 1997; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc698498/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.