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Title: Results of Sludge Mobilization Testing at Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) Tank

Abstract

Waste stored in the Tank 241-AZ-101 at the US DOE Hanford is scheduled as the initial feed for high-level waste vitrification. Tank 241-AZ-101 currently holds over 3,000,000 liters of waste made up of a settled sludge layer covered by a layer of liquid supernant. To retrieve the waste from the tank, it is necessary to mobilize and suspend the settled sludge so that the resulting slurry can be pumped from the tank for treatment and vitrification. Two 223.8-kilowatt mixer pumps have been installed in Tank 241-AZ-101 to mobilize the settled sludge layer of waste for retrieval. In May of 2000, the mixer pumps were subjected to a series of tests to determine (1) the extent to which the mixer pumps could mobilize the settle sludge layer of waste, (2) if the mixer pumps could function within operating parameters, and (3) if state-of-the-art monitoring equipment could effectively monitor and quantify the degree of sludge mobilization and suspension. This paper presents the major findings and results of the Tank 241-AZ-101 mixer pump tests, based on analysis of data and waste samples that were collected during the testing. Discussion of the results focuses on the effective cleaning radius achieved and the volume andmore » concentration of sludge mobilized, with both one and two pumps operating in various configurations and speeds. The Tank 241-AZ-101 mixer pump tests were unique in that sludge mobilization parameters were measured using actual waste in an underground storage tank at the hanford Site. The methods and instruments that were used to measure waste mobilization parameters in Tank 241-AZ-101 can be used in other tanks. It can be concluded from the testing that the use of mixer pumps is an effective retrieval method for the mobilization of settled solids in Tank 241-AZ-101.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
COGEMA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
805934
Report Number(s):
RPP-7495-FP, Rev.0
TRN: US0301389
DOE Contract Number:  
AC27-99RL14047
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Jan 2001
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; CLEANING; MIXERS; MONITORING; MONITORS; SLUDGES; TANKS; TESTING; UNDERGROUND STORAGE; US DOE; VITRIFICATION; WASTES

Citation Formats

STAEHR, T W. Results of Sludge Mobilization Testing at Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) Tank. United States: N. p., 2001. Web. doi:10.2172/805934.
STAEHR, T W. Results of Sludge Mobilization Testing at Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) Tank. United States. doi:10.2172/805934.
STAEHR, T W. Mon . "Results of Sludge Mobilization Testing at Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) Tank". United States. doi:10.2172/805934. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/805934.
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title = {Results of Sludge Mobilization Testing at Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) Tank},
author = {STAEHR, T W},
abstractNote = {Waste stored in the Tank 241-AZ-101 at the US DOE Hanford is scheduled as the initial feed for high-level waste vitrification. Tank 241-AZ-101 currently holds over 3,000,000 liters of waste made up of a settled sludge layer covered by a layer of liquid supernant. To retrieve the waste from the tank, it is necessary to mobilize and suspend the settled sludge so that the resulting slurry can be pumped from the tank for treatment and vitrification. Two 223.8-kilowatt mixer pumps have been installed in Tank 241-AZ-101 to mobilize the settled sludge layer of waste for retrieval. In May of 2000, the mixer pumps were subjected to a series of tests to determine (1) the extent to which the mixer pumps could mobilize the settle sludge layer of waste, (2) if the mixer pumps could function within operating parameters, and (3) if state-of-the-art monitoring equipment could effectively monitor and quantify the degree of sludge mobilization and suspension. This paper presents the major findings and results of the Tank 241-AZ-101 mixer pump tests, based on analysis of data and waste samples that were collected during the testing. Discussion of the results focuses on the effective cleaning radius achieved and the volume and concentration of sludge mobilized, with both one and two pumps operating in various configurations and speeds. The Tank 241-AZ-101 mixer pump tests were unique in that sludge mobilization parameters were measured using actual waste in an underground storage tank at the hanford Site. The methods and instruments that were used to measure waste mobilization parameters in Tank 241-AZ-101 can be used in other tanks. It can be concluded from the testing that the use of mixer pumps is an effective retrieval method for the mobilization of settled solids in Tank 241-AZ-101.},
doi = {10.2172/805934},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 22 00:00:00 EST 2001},
month = {Mon Jan 22 00:00:00 EST 2001}
}

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