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Title: Small-Scale Experiments.10-gallon drum experiment summary

Abstract

A series of sub-scale (10-gallon) drum experiments were conducted to characterize the reactivity, heat generation, and gas generation of mixtures of chemicals believed to be present in the drum (68660) known to have breached in association with the radiation release event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on February 14, 2014, at a scale expected to be large enough to replicate the environment in that drum but small enough to be practical, safe, and cost effective. These tests were not intended to replicate all the properties of drum 68660 or the event that led to its breach, or to validate a particular hypothesis of the release event. They were intended to observe, in a controlled environment and with suitable diagnostics, the behavior of simple mixtures of chemicals in order to determine if they could support reactivity that could result in ignition or if some other ingredient or event would be necessary. There is a significant amount of uncertainty into the exact composition of the barrel; a limited sub-set of known components was identified, reviewed with Technical Assessment Team (TAT) members, and used in these tests. This set of experiments was intended to provide a framework to postulate realistic, data-supportedmore » hypotheses for processes that occur in a “68660-like” configuration, not definitively prove what actually occurred in 68660.« less

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Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1178112
Report Number(s):
SAND2015-0866R
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Alternate title: Sub-scale Drum Test Memo
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Rosenberg, David M. Small-Scale Experiments.10-gallon drum experiment summary. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1178112.
Rosenberg, David M. Small-Scale Experiments.10-gallon drum experiment summary. United States. doi:10.2172/1178112.
Rosenberg, David M. Thu . "Small-Scale Experiments.10-gallon drum experiment summary". United States. doi:10.2172/1178112. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1178112.
@article{osti_1178112,
title = {Small-Scale Experiments.10-gallon drum experiment summary},
author = {Rosenberg, David M.},
abstractNote = {A series of sub-scale (10-gallon) drum experiments were conducted to characterize the reactivity, heat generation, and gas generation of mixtures of chemicals believed to be present in the drum (68660) known to have breached in association with the radiation release event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on February 14, 2014, at a scale expected to be large enough to replicate the environment in that drum but small enough to be practical, safe, and cost effective. These tests were not intended to replicate all the properties of drum 68660 or the event that led to its breach, or to validate a particular hypothesis of the release event. They were intended to observe, in a controlled environment and with suitable diagnostics, the behavior of simple mixtures of chemicals in order to determine if they could support reactivity that could result in ignition or if some other ingredient or event would be necessary. There is a significant amount of uncertainty into the exact composition of the barrel; a limited sub-set of known components was identified, reviewed with Technical Assessment Team (TAT) members, and used in these tests. This set of experiments was intended to provide a framework to postulate realistic, data-supported hypotheses for processes that occur in a “68660-like” configuration, not definitively prove what actually occurred in 68660.},
doi = {10.2172/1178112},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 05 00:00:00 EST 2015},
month = {Thu Feb 05 00:00:00 EST 2015}
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