Accession Number : ADA256067
Title : Petrographic Techniques Applied to Cement-Solidified Hazardous Waste
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS STRUCTURES LAB
Personal Author(s) : Wakely, Lillian D ; Wong, G S ; Burkes, J P
Report Date : Aug 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 30
Abstract : Twelve techniques used routinely in laboratory investigations of portland-cement concretes and grouts were applied to three cement-solidified wasteforms from an EPA Superfund site. The objective was to determine if the presence of the wastes made these solidified materials fundamentally different from conventional grouts. Other objectives were to determine if techniques used routinely in concrete technology are applicable to such wasteforms and to identify what unique and useful information they can provide for determining the likelihood for durability of the wasteform. Petrographic examination of thin sections of wasteforms prepared with fluorescent epoxy resin proved to be useful for determining effectiveness of waste dispersion in the cementing medium and distribution of cracks. Scanning electron microscopy coupled with high- resolution X-ray mapping revealed details of microstructure and distribution of important ions. X-ray powder diffraction confirmed the formation of the usual hydrated phases of portland cement and pozzolans. Pulse velocity measurements indicated absence of serious degradation over an 18-month period of time. The petrographic and nondestructive analytical techniques common in concrete technology and applied to wasteform grouts in this study can be applied to these cement-solidified wastes. These techniques indicate if the materials have stable phase composition, if their microstructures demonstrate uniform waste dispersal, and if mass or structural integrity is sufficient so that large blocks of these materials are unlikely to disintegrate in place. Cement microscopy, Image analysis, Concrete petrography, Pulse velocity, Grout, Scanning electron microscopy, Solidification, Solidified waste, Stabilization, Wasteform.
Descriptors : *SOLIDIFICATION , *CEMENTS , *WASTES , *PETROGRAPHY , *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS , SCANNING , STABILIZATION , VELOCITY , IONS , MEASUREMENT , MICROSTRUCTURE , DEGRADATION , DISTRIBUTION , PULSES , ELECTRONS , ELECTRON MICROSCOPY , TIME , MICROSCOPY , PHASE , GROUT , X RAYS , HIGH RESOLUTION , UNIFORMS , DISPERSIONS , PLASTICS , EPOXY RESINS , MAPPING , LABORATORIES , IMAGES , DIFFRACTION , MATERIALS , POWDERS , MASS , CRACKS , SITES , RESOLUTION , CONCRETE
Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
Adhesives, Seals and Binders
Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE