Apparatus for Forming Negatively Buoyant High-Density Trash Slugs.
Patent, Filed 26 Jun 91, patented 8 Sep 92,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A trash compactor is provided having at least a hollow compaction chamber vertically disposed on a base and a compacting ram slidaly fitted within the compaction chamber, such that the compacting ram is disposed above the trash to be compacted. The trash to be compacted is first loaded into the compaction chamber between the base and the compacting ram. A downward compaction force is then applied to the compacting ram to compact the trash within the compaction chamber to the required density. The downward compaction force is then maintained while the compaction chamber is removed from around the compacted trash. Finally, the downward compaction force is removed from the compacting ram thereby leaving a compacted trash slug. The trash may be wetted prior to compaction to further enhance the delamination characteristics of the trash slug.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control