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Title: Process for gamma ray induced degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls

Abstract

The invention is a process for the in-situ destruction of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds in transformer oils and transformers. These compounds are broken down selectively by irradiation of the object or mixture using spent nuclear fuel or any isotopic source of high energy gamma radiation. For example, the level of applied dose required to decompose 400 ppm of polychlorinated biphenyl in transformer oil to less than 50 ppm is 500 kilogray. Destruction of polychlorinated biphenyls to levels of less than 50 ppm renders the transformer oil or transformer non-PCB contaminated under current regulations. Therefore, this process can be used to treat PCB contaminated oil and equipment to minimize or eliminate the generation of PCB hazardous waste.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Idaho Falls, ID)
  2. (Shelley, ID)
  3. (Blackfoot, ID)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
OSTI Identifier:
871806
Patent Number(s):
5799257
Assignee:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID) INEEL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
process; gamma; ray; induced; degradation; polychlorinated; biphenyls; in-situ; destruction; biphenyl; pcb; compounds; transformer; oils; transformers; broken; selectively; irradiation; mixture; spent; nuclear; fuel; isotopic; source; energy; radiation; example; level; applied; dose; required; decompose; 400; ppm; oil; 50; 500; kilogray; levels; renders; non-pcb; contaminated; current; regulations; treat; equipment; minimize; eliminate; generation; hazardous; waste; polychlorinated biphenyl; gamma ray; hazardous waste; nuclear fuel; spent nuclear; gamma radiation; polychlorinated biphenyls; transformer oil; energy gamma; in-situ destruction; induced degradation; situ destruction; /588/204/

Citation Formats

Meikrantz, David H., Mincher, Bruce J., and Arbon, Rodney E. Process for gamma ray induced degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Meikrantz, David H., Mincher, Bruce J., & Arbon, Rodney E. Process for gamma ray induced degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls. United States.
Meikrantz, David H., Mincher, Bruce J., and Arbon, Rodney E. Thu . "Process for gamma ray induced degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871806.
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author = {Meikrantz, David H. and Mincher, Bruce J. and Arbon, Rodney E.},
abstractNote = {The invention is a process for the in-situ destruction of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds in transformer oils and transformers. These compounds are broken down selectively by irradiation of the object or mixture using spent nuclear fuel or any isotopic source of high energy gamma radiation. For example, the level of applied dose required to decompose 400 ppm of polychlorinated biphenyl in transformer oil to less than 50 ppm is 500 kilogray. Destruction of polychlorinated biphenyls to levels of less than 50 ppm renders the transformer oil or transformer non-PCB contaminated under current regulations. Therefore, this process can be used to treat PCB contaminated oil and equipment to minimize or eliminate the generation of PCB hazardous waste.},
doi = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {1}
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