Custom furnace for nuclear waste treatment
Deltech Furnaces received a contract from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington for the design and build of a custom furnace for use in a dechlorination process of salt based nuclear waste. Per the authors of a paper resulting from the work accomplished during the project, “Salt based waste streams are generated through electro-chemical processing of used nuclear fuel and from decommissioning of molten salt reactors (MSRs).” The low temperature (1100 degrees Celsius) furnace featured two sections: a bottom front load “melting” section with a reinforced load platform and single zone heating, and an upper clamshell “gradient” section with four independently heated and controlled zones. The independent control systems, as is the case with all Deltech Furnaces control systems, were UL508A compliant as certified by Intertek.
The project did not require meeting ASME NQA-1 2008 standards; as always ISO 9001:2015 quality standards were rigorously applied. Deltech Furnaces is ISO 9001:2015 certified; ASME NQA-1 2008 compliant and experienced; and NIST 800-171 compliant.
The open source paper can be found here: Riley(2021)_ACSOmega(G2DA)
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