Separation of Depleted Uranium Fragments from Gun Test Catchment. Volume 1. Summary and Recommendations
Final rept. Sep 1988-Dec 1992
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB TN
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This technical report if divided into four volumes. Volume I presents Summary and Recommendations, Volume II contains Catchment System Evaluation and Separation Methods, Volume III contains an Economic Comparison of Disposal Options, and Volume IV documents Bench-Scale Tests for Separation. Results of activities are described for a task titled Separation of Depleted Uranium Fragments from Gun Test Catchments, Vol. I, sponsored by the Air Force Engineering and Services Center, Tyndall Air Force Base. This report presents the results of a series of activities designed to develop an improved method for separating depleted uranium from target materials, principally sand. Recommendations are offered for the most attractive method from both economic and technical perspectives. The search for an improved method considered the environmental, economic, and technical aspects of the problem. The method of choice is to dry, screen, and recycle the intermediate-sized uranium- contaminated sand. This will save the Air Force an estimated several million dollars over the next 20 years and will reduce the volume of low-level waste by about 90 percent.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products