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Title: UNDERWATER COATINGS FOR CONTAMINATION CONTROL

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) deactivated several aging nuclear fuel storage basins. Planners for this effort were greatly concerned that radioactive contamination present on the basin walls could become airborne as the sides of the basins became exposed during deactivation and allowed to dry after water removal. One way to control this airborne contamination was to fix the contamination in place while the pool walls were still submerged. There are many underwater coatings available on the market for marine, naval and other applications. A series of tests were run to determine whether the candidate underwater fixatives were easily applied and adhered well to the substrates (pool wall materials) found in INL fuel pools. Lab-scale experiments were conducted by applying fourteen different commercial underwater coatings to four substrate materials representative of the storage basin construction materials, and evaluating their performance. The coupons included bare concrete, epoxy painted concrete, epoxy painted carbon steel, and stainless steel. The evaluation criteria included ease of application, adherence to the four surfaces of interest, no change on water clarity or chemistry, non-hazardous in final applied form and be proven in underwater applications. A proprietary two-part, underwater epoxy owned by S. G. Pinney and Associates was selectedmore » from the underwater coatings tested for application to all four pools. Divers scrubbed loose contamination off the basin walls and floors using a ship hull scrubber and vacuumed up the sludge. The divers then applied the coating using a special powered roller with two separate heated hoses that allowed the epoxy to mix at the roller surface was used to eliminate pot time concerns. The walls were successfully coated and water was removed from the pools with no detectable airborne contamination releases.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
911132
Report Number(s):
INEEL/CON-04-02568
TRN: US0704410
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ANS DD&R Topical,Denver, CO,08/07/2005,08/11/2005
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE - EM
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; AGING; CARBON STEELS; CHEMISTRY; COATINGS; CONSTRUCTION; CONTAMINATION; DEACTIVATION; FUEL STORAGE POOLS; MARKET; NUCLEAR FUELS; PERFORMANCE; SCRUBBERS; STAINLESS STEELS; STORAGE; SUBSTRATES; WATER; WATER REMOVAL basin walls; contamination; deactivated fuel storage basins; underwater coatings