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Title: Earth melter

Abstract

An apparatus, and method of operating the apparatus, wherein a feed material is converted into a glassified condition for subsequent use or disposal. The apparatus is particularly useful for disposal of hazardous or noxious waste materials which are otherwise either difficult or expensive to dispose of. The apparatus is preferably constructed either by excavating a melt zone in a quantity of soil or rock, or by constructing a melt zone in an apparatus above grade and lining the melt zone with a back fill material if refractory properties are needed. The feed material is fed into the melt zone and, preferably, combusted to an ash, whereupon the heat of combustion is used to melt the ash to a molten condition. Electrodes may be used to maintain the molten feed material in a molten condition, and to maintain homogeneity of the molten materials.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Richland, WA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
OSTI Identifier:
870034
Patent Number(s):
5443618
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA) PNNL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
earth; melter; apparatus; method; operating; feed; material; converted; glassified; condition; subsequent; disposal; particularly; useful; hazardous; noxious; waste; materials; otherwise; difficult; expensive; dispose; preferably; constructed; excavating; melt; zone; quantity; soil; rock; constructing; grade; lining; fill; refractory; properties; fed; combusted; ash; whereupon; heat; combustion; molten; electrodes; maintain; homogeneity; molten materials; preferably constructed; molten condition; feed material; waste material; particularly useful; waste materials; molten material; melt zone; fill material; earth melter; noxious waste; glassified condition; /75/266/405/588/

Citation Formats

Chapman, Christopher C. Earth melter. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Chapman, Christopher C. Earth melter. United States.
Chapman, Christopher C. Sun . "Earth melter". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/870034.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus, and method of operating the apparatus, wherein a feed material is converted into a glassified condition for subsequent use or disposal. The apparatus is particularly useful for disposal of hazardous or noxious waste materials which are otherwise either difficult or expensive to dispose of. The apparatus is preferably constructed either by excavating a melt zone in a quantity of soil or rock, or by constructing a melt zone in an apparatus above grade and lining the melt zone with a back fill material if refractory properties are needed. The feed material is fed into the melt zone and, preferably, combusted to an ash, whereupon the heat of combustion is used to melt the ash to a molten condition. Electrodes may be used to maintain the molten feed material in a molten condition, and to maintain homogeneity of the molten materials.},
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year = {1995},
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