Electrically Fired Incinerator System for Combustible Radioactive Waste

by David Charlesworth, DuPont, Savannah River Lab, Aiken, SC, USA,
Mike Hill, DuPont, Savannah River Lab, Aiken, SC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


DuPont Company and Shirco, Inc. are developing a process to incinerate plutonium-contaminated combustible waste in an electrically fired incineration system. Preliminary development was completed at Shirco, Inc. prior to installing an incineration system at the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL), which is operated by DuPont for the U. S. Department of Energy. Incinerator performance testing, using physically representative nonradioactive materials, was completed in March 1983. Equipment sizing and mechanical design of a full-scale process were completed by June 1983. The full-scale unit is being installed at SRL to confirm the initial performance testing. Remote operation and maintenance of the system is required, since the system will eventually be installed in an isolated process cell. Initial operation of the process will use nonradioactive simulated waste. (Edited author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Electrical systems | Incineration | Combustion | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Recycling | Industrial wastes | Rivers and streams

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