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Title: Method for magnesium sulfate recovery

Abstract

A method is described for obtaining magnesium sulfate substantially free from radioactive uranium from a slag containing the same and having a radioactivity level of at least about 7,000 pCi/gm. The slag is ground to a particle size of about 200 microns or less. The ground slag is then contacted with a concentrated sulfuric acid under certain prescribed conditions to produce a liquid product and a solid product. The particulate solid product and a minor amount of the liquid is then treated to produce a solid residue consisting essentially of magnesium sulfate substantially free of uranium and having a residual radioactivity level of less than 1,000 pCi/gm. In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention, a catalyst and an oxidizing agent are used during the initial acid treatment and a final solid residue has a radioactivity level of less than about 50 pCi/gm.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Rockwell International Corp
OSTI Identifier:
7262217
Patent Number(s):
4689178 A
Application Number:
PPN: US 6-798075
Assignee:
Rockwell International Corp., El Segundo, CA (United States) OAK; EDB-94-121718
DOE Contract Number:  
AT03-83SF11948
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 14 Nov 1985
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; MAGNESIUM SULFATES; MATERIALS RECOVERY; SLAGS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE PROCESSING; URANIUM; ACID HYDROLYSIS; ACTIVITY LEVELS; CATALYSTS; COMMINUTION; OXIDIZERS; ACTINIDES; ALKALINE EARTH METAL COMPOUNDS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; DECOMPOSITION; ELEMENTS; HYDROLYSIS; LYSIS; MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS; MANAGEMENT; METALS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PROCESSING; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; SOLVOLYSIS; SULFATES; SULFUR COMPOUNDS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING; 052001* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Processing

Citation Formats

Gay, R.L., and Grantham, L.F. Method for magnesium sulfate recovery. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Gay, R.L., & Grantham, L.F. Method for magnesium sulfate recovery. United States.
Gay, R.L., and Grantham, L.F. Tue . "Method for magnesium sulfate recovery". United States.
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abstractNote = {A method is described for obtaining magnesium sulfate substantially free from radioactive uranium from a slag containing the same and having a radioactivity level of at least about 7,000 pCi/gm. The slag is ground to a particle size of about 200 microns or less. The ground slag is then contacted with a concentrated sulfuric acid under certain prescribed conditions to produce a liquid product and a solid product. The particulate solid product and a minor amount of the liquid is then treated to produce a solid residue consisting essentially of magnesium sulfate substantially free of uranium and having a residual radioactivity level of less than 1,000 pCi/gm. In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention, a catalyst and an oxidizing agent are used during the initial acid treatment and a final solid residue has a radioactivity level of less than about 50 pCi/gm.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {8}
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