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Title: Mobile system for microwave removal of concrete surfaces

Abstract

A method and apparatus are disclosed for the microwave removal of contaminated concrete surfaces. The apparatus comprises a housing adapted to pass over a support surface. The housing includes a waveguide for directing microwave energy to the surface at an angle maximizing absorption of microwave energy by the surface. The apparatus is further provided with a source of microwave energy operably associated with the waveguide, wherein the microwave energy has a frequency of between about 10.6 GHz and about 24 GHz and acts to remove the uppermost layer from the surface. The apparatus further includes a debris containment assembly comprising a vacuum assembly operably associated with the housing. The vacuum assembly is adapted to remove debris from the area adjacent the surface. 7 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lockheed Martin Energy Syst Inc
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
489084
Patent Number(s):
5,635,143
Application Number:
PAN: 8-316,020; TRN: 97:011395
Assignee:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 3 Jun 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; MICROWAVE EQUIPMENT; SURFACE CLEANING; CONCRETES; DECONTAMINATION; CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; DESIGN; OPERATION

Citation Formats

White, T L, Bigelow, T S, Schaich, C R, and Foster, D Jr. Mobile system for microwave removal of concrete surfaces. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
White, T L, Bigelow, T S, Schaich, C R, & Foster, D Jr. Mobile system for microwave removal of concrete surfaces. United States.
White, T L, Bigelow, T S, Schaich, C R, and Foster, D Jr. Tue . "Mobile system for microwave removal of concrete surfaces". United States.
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abstractNote = {A method and apparatus are disclosed for the microwave removal of contaminated concrete surfaces. The apparatus comprises a housing adapted to pass over a support surface. The housing includes a waveguide for directing microwave energy to the surface at an angle maximizing absorption of microwave energy by the surface. The apparatus is further provided with a source of microwave energy operably associated with the waveguide, wherein the microwave energy has a frequency of between about 10.6 GHz and about 24 GHz and acts to remove the uppermost layer from the surface. The apparatus further includes a debris containment assembly comprising a vacuum assembly operably associated with the housing. The vacuum assembly is adapted to remove debris from the area adjacent the surface. 7 figs.},
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