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Title: Mobile encapsulation and volume reduction system for wet low-level wastes

Abstract

This report describes the results of the program entitled ''A Preconceptual Study for a Transportable Vitrification Process''. The objective of the study is to determine the feasibility of a Mobile Encapsulation and Volume Reduction System (MEVS). The report contains design criteria, a preconceptual design of the system, a comparison of disposal costs with other solidification technologies, and an assessment of utility interests in the transportable volume reduction service MEVS can provide. The MEVS design employs the use of a joule-heated glass melter to convert the wet low-level wastes into glass. The process is self-sufficient, requiring no direct facility services or reactor personnel. It is capable of servicing one waste type from a minimum of three reactors. The design was used to prepare capital and operating cost estimates. The capital cost for the MEVS is $4,680,000, which includes all labor necessary for design, engineering, inspection, and licensing. The operating cost of the system for servicing a minimum of three reactors is $1,530,000/y for resins or $2,280,000/y for concentrated liquids. The cost estimates compared favorably to the more common solidification process of cementation. Total MEVS operating costs which include processing, transportation and burial, are $191 to $218/ft/sup 3/ waste, whereas quoted costsmore » for cementation and disposal from reactor operators range from $155 to $350/ft/sup 3/. The report concludes with the requirements for additional development, which can be accomplished for less than one sixth of the capital costs. The report also presents the results of an assessment conducted with utility representatives to obtain their expressions of interest in a service of this type.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5401671
Report Number(s):
PNL-5533
ON: DE85017871
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE PROCESSING; VITRIFICATION; CAPITALIZED COST; CERAMIC MELTERS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DESIGN; EQUIPMENT; FLOWSHEETS; GLASS; OPERATING COST; VOLUME; COST; DIAGRAMS; ELECTRIC FURNACES; FURNACES; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; PROCESSING; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING; WASTES; 052001* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Processing

Citation Formats

Buelt, J L. Mobile encapsulation and volume reduction system for wet low-level wastes. United States: N. p., 1985. Web. doi:10.2172/5401671.
Buelt, J L. Mobile encapsulation and volume reduction system for wet low-level wastes. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5401671
Buelt, J L. 1985. "Mobile encapsulation and volume reduction system for wet low-level wastes". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5401671. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5401671.
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title = {Mobile encapsulation and volume reduction system for wet low-level wastes},
author = {Buelt, J L},
abstractNote = {This report describes the results of the program entitled ''A Preconceptual Study for a Transportable Vitrification Process''. The objective of the study is to determine the feasibility of a Mobile Encapsulation and Volume Reduction System (MEVS). The report contains design criteria, a preconceptual design of the system, a comparison of disposal costs with other solidification technologies, and an assessment of utility interests in the transportable volume reduction service MEVS can provide. The MEVS design employs the use of a joule-heated glass melter to convert the wet low-level wastes into glass. The process is self-sufficient, requiring no direct facility services or reactor personnel. It is capable of servicing one waste type from a minimum of three reactors. The design was used to prepare capital and operating cost estimates. The capital cost for the MEVS is $4,680,000, which includes all labor necessary for design, engineering, inspection, and licensing. The operating cost of the system for servicing a minimum of three reactors is $1,530,000/y for resins or $2,280,000/y for concentrated liquids. The cost estimates compared favorably to the more common solidification process of cementation. Total MEVS operating costs which include processing, transportation and burial, are $191 to $218/ft/sup 3/ waste, whereas quoted costs for cementation and disposal from reactor operators range from $155 to $350/ft/sup 3/. The report concludes with the requirements for additional development, which can be accomplished for less than one sixth of the capital costs. The report also presents the results of an assessment conducted with utility representatives to obtain their expressions of interest in a service of this type.},
doi = {10.2172/5401671},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5401671}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {8}
}