Programmatic Challenges and the Value of Testing on the West Valley Demonstration Project's Vitrification Facility Design

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by R. R. Borisch, West Valley Nuclear Services Co Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990:

Abstract: The primary objective of the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) is the solidification of approximately 2.1 million liters (560 thousand gallons) of high-level waste (HLW) which resulted from the operation of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Since the original plant was not built to accommodate the processing of waste beyond storage in underground tanks, HLW solidification by vitrification presented numerous engineering challenges. Existing facilities required redesign and conversion to meet their new purpose. Vitrification technology and systems needed to be created and then tested. However, the scheduled project cleanup completion date made it necessary to devise an original and interesting strategy.

Subject Headings: Heat treatment | Building design | Radioactive wastes | Solidification | Fuels | Storage tanks | Solid wastes | Waste storage | Industrial wastes | North America | United States

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