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Title: DU Processing Efficiency and Reclamation: Plasma Arc Melting

Abstract

The work described here corresponds to one piece of a larger effort to increase material usage efficiency during DU processing operations. In order to achieve this goal, multiple technologies and approaches are being tested. These technologies occupy a spectrum of technology readiness levels (TRLs). Plasma arc melting (PAM) is one of the technologies being investigated. PAM utilizes a high temperature plasma to melt materials. Depending on process conditions, there are potential opportunities for recycling and material reclamation. When last routinely operational, the LANL research PAM showed extremely promising results for recycling and reclamation of DU and DU alloys. The current TRL is lower due to machine idleness for nearly two decades, which has proved difficult to restart. This report describes the existing results, promising techniques, and the process of bringing this technology back to readiness at LANL.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Programs (DP) (NA-10)
OSTI Identifier:
1395002
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-28727
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Imhoff, Seth D., Aikin, Jr., Robert M., Swenson, Hunter, and Solis, Eunice Martinez. DU Processing Efficiency and Reclamation: Plasma Arc Melting. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1395002.
Imhoff, Seth D., Aikin, Jr., Robert M., Swenson, Hunter, & Solis, Eunice Martinez. DU Processing Efficiency and Reclamation: Plasma Arc Melting. United States. doi:10.2172/1395002.
Imhoff, Seth D., Aikin, Jr., Robert M., Swenson, Hunter, and Solis, Eunice Martinez. Tue . "DU Processing Efficiency and Reclamation: Plasma Arc Melting". United States. doi:10.2172/1395002. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1395002.
@article{osti_1395002,
title = {DU Processing Efficiency and Reclamation: Plasma Arc Melting},
author = {Imhoff, Seth D. and Aikin, Jr., Robert M. and Swenson, Hunter and Solis, Eunice Martinez},
abstractNote = {The work described here corresponds to one piece of a larger effort to increase material usage efficiency during DU processing operations. In order to achieve this goal, multiple technologies and approaches are being tested. These technologies occupy a spectrum of technology readiness levels (TRLs). Plasma arc melting (PAM) is one of the technologies being investigated. PAM utilizes a high temperature plasma to melt materials. Depending on process conditions, there are potential opportunities for recycling and material reclamation. When last routinely operational, the LANL research PAM showed extremely promising results for recycling and reclamation of DU and DU alloys. The current TRL is lower due to machine idleness for nearly two decades, which has proved difficult to restart. This report describes the existing results, promising techniques, and the process of bringing this technology back to readiness at LANL.},
doi = {10.2172/1395002},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Sep 26 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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