FOR LOW-LEVEL WASTE DISPOSAL-

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,900.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
2558
Agency Tracking Number:
2558
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 330, Salt Lake City, UT, 84110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR. VERN C. ROGERS
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(801) 263-1600
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WAST HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN DISCARDED IN SHALLOW LAND TRENCHES. THERE IS A STRONG DEMAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, VALIDATION, AND IMPLE- MENTATION OF ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO SHALLOW LAND BURIAL, IN WHICH THE DEGREE OF PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC IS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FOR BOTH THE NEAR TERM AND THE LONG TERM (MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS). THIS PROJECT WILL IDENTIFY A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF AN UNDERGROUND ASPHALT VAULT FACILITY FOR DISPOSING OF LOW-LEVEL, RADIOACTIVE WASTE. THE OPTIMAL ASPHALT TYPE AND ADMIX COMPOSITION WILL BE DETERMINED EXPERIMENTALLY. BENCH- SCALE PHYSICAL MODEL TESTS WILL BE PERFORMED ON A SIMULATED SHALLOW LAND-BURIAL TRENCH, A CONCRETE UNDER- GROUND VAULT, AND AN ASPHALT UNDERGROUND VAULT. HIGH- PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL LOADING TESTS, WATER INFILTRATION, AND CONTAMINANT-LEACHING TESTS WILL BE PERFORMED ON THE BENCH-SCALE MODELS. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL TESTS AND OF EXTRAPOLATED FIELD FACILITIES ALSO WILL BE PERFORMED. THE FEASIBILITY STUDY WILL PROVIDE RELATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR THE CONCRETE AND ASPHALT UNDERGROUND VAULT TECHNOLOGIES AND COMPARISONS WITH THE PRESENT SHALLOW LAND-BURIAL TECHNOLOGY. THESE DATA WILL BE USED TO DEVELOP A CON- CEPTUAL DESIGN AND COST ANALYSIS FOR AN ASPHALT UNDER- GROUND VAULT FACILITY AND WILL IDENTIFY THE POTENTIAL FOR A COMMERCIAL FACILITY OF THIS TYPE.

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