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ULTRASONIC GRINDING OF ZEOLITES FOR RADIOACTIVE WATER TREATMENT

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
6998
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6998
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Energy & Minerals Research
Po Box 389 Exton, PA 19341
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: ULTRASONIC GRINDING OF ZEOLITES FOR RADIOACTIVE WATER TREATMENT
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,860.00
 

Abstract:

ION EXCHANGE HAS PROVEN USEFUL FOR DECONTAMINATION OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE WATERS. ZEOLITES ARE NOW USED FOR THIS TASK. ZEOLITES SHOW SEVERAL ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER ION EXCHANGE MATERIALS. ION EXCHANGE RATES AND CAPACITY OF ZEOLITES ARE HIGH. ZEOLITES ARE ALSO EASILY HANDLED. HOWEVER, OPTIMUM SIZE OF ZEOLITES FOR ION EXCHANGE IS APPROXIMATELY 10-50 MESH. THE HOT ZEOLITE MUST BE CONVERTED TO A GLASS-LIKE BRICK; 10-50 MESH ZEOLITE DOES NOTMELT EVENLY TO FORM A SUITABLE SOLIDIFIED MASS. THE HOT ZEOLITE MUST BE GROUND TO FINE SIZES. PROTOTYPE ULTRASONIC GRINDERS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED. MOST OF THE DEVELOPMENT WORK HAS BEEN PERFORMED USING COAL. THE PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION IS TO CAUSE THE COAL PARTICLES TO VIBRATE ULTRASONICALLY. FATIGUE CRACK GROWTH OCCURS ALONG GRAIN BOUNDARIES AND DISCONTINUITIES WITHIN SEVERAL HUNDRED CYCLES. REMARKABLY NARROW PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN OBSERVED WITH COALS AT MODEST POWER INPUTS. THE CURRENT PROTOTYPE CONFIGURATION, A 4-IN. RESONANT TUBE-AUGER, IS CAPABLE OF GRINDING WATER-SLURRIED COAL AT A RATE OF ABOUT 130 KG/HR. A SINGLE SAMPLE OF ZEOLITE HAS ALSO BEEN GROUND, AND COMMINUTED PRODUCT OF 10-30 M HAS BEEN OBSERVED. IT IS PROPOSED TO EXAMINE THE GRINDING VARIABLES THAT CONTROL ZEOLITE COMMINUTION. THE PROTOTYPE GRINDERS HAVE VARIABLE GAPS, AND THE GAP SIZE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE OPTIMIZED GROUND ZEOLITE WILL BE DETERMINED AS WILL THE OPTIMIZED GRINDING RATE TO PRODUCE PROPERLY COMMINUTED ZEOLITE. THE LATTER DATA WILL BE USED TO SIZE A GRINDER TO GRIND HOT ZEOLITE AT A RATE OF NOT LESS THAN 20 KG/HR. DESIGN WORK WILL BE STARTED ON FEED, COLLECTION, AND OPERATING CONTROLS FOR USE IN A HOT CELL. REMOTE-OPERATING FEATURES WILL BE USED WHENEVER POSSIBLE. THE NEW GRINDER WILL BE DESIGNED SO THAT ALL PARTS HAVE NO SINGLE DIMENSION LARGER THAN 0.6 M.

Principal Investigator:

Dr jeffrey solash
2156477715

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Energy & Minerals Research
Po Box 389 Exton, PA 19341

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No