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BNFL Report Glass Formers Characterization

By R.F. Schumacher

Abstract

The objective of this task was to obtain powder property data on candidate glass former materials, sufficient to guide conceptual design and estimate the cost of glass former handling facilities as requested under Part B1 of BNFL Technical and Development Support. Twenty-nine glass forming materials were selected and obtained from vendors for the characterization of their physical properties, durability in caustic solution, and powder flow characteristics. A glass former was selected based on the characterization for each of the ten oxide classes required for Envelope A, B, and C mixtures. Three blends (A, B, and C) were prepared based on formulations provided by Vitreous State Laboratory and evaluated with the same methods employed for the glass formers. The properties obtained are presented in a series of attached Tables. It was determined that five of the ten glass formers, (kyanite, iron oxide, titania, zircon, and zinc oxide) have the potential to cause some level of solids f low problems. In addition, all of the blends may require consideration for their handling. A number of engineering considerations and recommendations were prepared based on the experimental findings, experience, and other process considerations. Recommendations for future testing are included. In conjunction with future work, it is recommended that a professional consultant be engaged to guide and assist with testing and design input

Topics: Powders, Testing, Physical Properties, Waste Forms, Radioactive Waste Processing, Cost, Zircon, Zinc Oxides, Glass, Design, 12 Management Of Radioactive Wastes, And Non-Radioactive Wastes From Nuclear Facilities, Iron Oxides
Publisher: Savannah River Site (S.C.)
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.2172/759136
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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