SB5 WITH THE ESTIMATED IMPACT OF LOW TEMPERATURE ALUMINUM DISSOLUTION: PRELIMINARY FRITS FOR MELT RATE TESTING

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Composition projections for Sludge Batch 5 (SB5) were developed to evaluate possible impacts of the Al-dissolution process on the availability of viable frit compositions for vitrification at the DWPF. The study included two projected SB5 compositions that bound potential outcomes (or degrees of effectiveness) of the Al-dissolution process, as well as a nominal SB5 composition projection based on the results of the recent Al-dissolution demonstration at SRNL. A Nominal Stage assessment was used to evaluate the two SB5 projections combined with an array of 19,305 frit compositions over a range of waste loading (WL) values against the DWPF process control ... continued below

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Fox, K & Tommy Edwards, T March 11, 2008.

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Composition projections for Sludge Batch 5 (SB5) were developed to evaluate possible impacts of the Al-dissolution process on the availability of viable frit compositions for vitrification at the DWPF. The study included two projected SB5 compositions that bound potential outcomes (or degrees of effectiveness) of the Al-dissolution process, as well as a nominal SB5 composition projection based on the results of the recent Al-dissolution demonstration at SRNL. A Nominal Stage assessment was used to evaluate the two SB5 projections combined with an array of 19,305 frit compositions over a range of waste loading (WL) values against the DWPF process control models. The Nominal Stage results allowed for the down-selection of a small number of frits that provided reasonable projected operating windows (typically 25 to 40 wt %) and permitted some compositional flexibility (i.e., the ability to further tailor the frit to improve melt rate). Variation Stage assessments were then performed using the down-selected frits and the two SB5 composition projections with variation applied to each sludge component. The Variation Stage results showed that the operating windows were somewhat reduced in width, as expected when sludge variation is applied. Three of the down-selected frits continued to perform well for both SB5 projections through the Variation Stage, providing WL windows of approximately 26 to 35 wt %. The maximum WLs were limited by a processing constraint, TL, rather than a waste form affecting constraint (e.g., nepheline crystallization) in the Variation Stage assessments. Subsequent Nominal Stage assessments were performed with an updated SB5 projection based on the results of the Al-dissolution demonstration performed in the SRNL Shielded Cells facility (representing 40% removal of Al). The three frits identified in the earlier paper studies continued to perform well with this updated projection. The available operating windows were slightly wider, although maximum WL was limited by both the TL and nepheline constraints for all three frits. Changes in the projected SB5 composition are anticipated before processing begins at the DWPF, which will likely require additional paper study assessments as well as experimental frit development studies. This study identifies several frits which provide insight into potential operating windows for SB5 vitrification in DWPF. However, until experimental studies can be performed to gain information on melt rate and other parameters needed to optimize frit selection, no final frit recommendation can be made. Information regarding melt rate cannot be inferred from the paper study results. Experimental studies to evaluate this critical factor in DWPF processing must be performed to support frit optimization for any projected sludge composition. Five frit compositions were identified for melt rate testing at SRNL with simulated SB5 Case F SRAT product. The results of these tests will be used to evaluate the impact of the frit components--particularly B{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}O--that are expected to influence melt rate for SB5-like sludges. The results of the melt rate testing will be documented in a separate report and will be used to help guide the frit recommendation process as the final SB5 composition becomes clearer.

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  • Report No.: WSRC-STI-2008-00006
  • Grant Number: DE-AC09-96SR18500
  • DOI: 10.2172/927898 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 927898
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc894188

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Fox, K & Tommy Edwards, T. SB5 WITH THE ESTIMATED IMPACT OF LOW TEMPERATURE ALUMINUM DISSOLUTION: PRELIMINARY FRITS FOR MELT RATE TESTING, report, March 11, 2008; [Aiken, South Carolina]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc894188/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.