The Management of Silica in Los Alamos National Laboratory Tap Water - A Study of Silica Solubility

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Well water at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a silica (SiO{sub 2}) content of 60 to 100 mg/L, with 4 mg/L of magnesium, 13 mg/L calcium and lesser concentrations of other ions. On evaporation in cooling towers, when the silica concentration reaches 150 to 220 mg/L, silica deposits on heat transfer surfaces. When the high silica well water is used in the reprocessing of plutonium, silica remains in solution at the end of the process and creates a problem of removal from the effluent prior to discharge or evaporation. The work described in this Report is divided into two ... continued below

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Wohlberg, C.; Worland, V. P.; Kozubal, M. A.; Erickson, G. F.; Jacobson, H. M. & McCarthy, K. T. July 1999.

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Well water at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a silica (SiO{sub 2}) content of 60 to 100 mg/L, with 4 mg/L of magnesium, 13 mg/L calcium and lesser concentrations of other ions. On evaporation in cooling towers, when the silica concentration reaches 150 to 220 mg/L, silica deposits on heat transfer surfaces. When the high silica well water is used in the reprocessing of plutonium, silica remains in solution at the end of the process and creates a problem of removal from the effluent prior to discharge or evaporation. The work described in this Report is divided into two major parts. The first part describes the behavior of silica when the water is evaporated at various conditions of pH and in the presence of different classes of anions: inorganic and organic. In the second part of this work it was found that precipitation (floccing) of silica was a function of solution pH and mole ratio of metal to silica.

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  • Report No.: LA-13171
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/8938 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 8938
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc793648

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Wohlberg, C.; Worland, V. P.; Kozubal, M. A.; Erickson, G. F.; Jacobson, H. M. & McCarthy, K. T. The Management of Silica in Los Alamos National Laboratory Tap Water - A Study of Silica Solubility, report, July 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc793648/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.