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The Effect of Waste Loading on the Characteristics of Borosilicate SRS SB4 Waste Glasses

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Sergey Stefanovsky, Alexander Kobelev, Vladimir Lebedev, Michael Polkanov, Dmitriy Suntsov

SIA Radon, Moscow, Russia

James Marra

SRNL, Aiken, SC

Paper No. ICEM2009-16196, pp. 835-841; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Liverpool, UK, October 11–15, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4407-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3865-X
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The glasses containing surrogate of Sludge Batch 4 (SB4) waste with high concentrations of aluminum and ferrous oxides within the waste loading (WL) range of ∼50 to 70 wt.% produced in alumina crucibles in a resistive furnace and in a 236 mm inner diameter cold crucible were examined by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy. At relatively low WLs (50 to 60 w.%) the products remain predominantly vitreous with minor crystalline spinel structure phase corresponding in chemical composition to trevorite-magnetite solid solution. At higher WLs (>60 wt.%) amount of crystalline phases increased significantly and a nepheline phase was observed. The products with WL of 65 to 70 wt.% were spinel/nepheline glass-ceramics. The glass with 60 wt.% WL slowly cooled in accordance with the canister centerline cooling (CCC) conditions contained minor nepheline. Occurrence of nepheline reduces the chemical durability of nuclear waste glasses.

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