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Analytical Laboratory
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Analytical Laboratory

The Analytical Laboratory is the vital link that brings the waste vitrification process together. The Laboratory is a process link between the Pretreatment, High-Level Waste and Low-Activity Waste Facilities. Its key function is to ensure the final glass product meets all regulatory requirements and standards.

The Laboratory will annually analyze 10,000 waste samples. Initial samples identify the correct glass former “recipe” to produce a consistent glass form. Once the recipe is identified, the glass formers and the waste are delivered to the high-level waste and low-activity waste feed preparation vessels where they are mixed together and then fed into melters. Additional waste samples ensure good process controls and a high-quality product.

Laboratory Construction

  • Building Volume: 2,592,000 cubic feet
  • Building Size: 320 feet by 180 feet by 45 feet tall (below ground level vaults and piping)

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The underground hot cell drain collection vessel is a collection, containment, staging, transfer, and secondary containment area for waste streams from the analytical services. The vessel contents are recycled to the Pretreatment Facility.

Above-ground and embedded foundation piping
The Laboratory contains piping above ground, within underground cells and vaults, and embedded in its thick concrete foundation for drainage and waste transfer. All process piping on the Vit Plant is made of sturdy, nuclear-grade stainless steel or Hastelloy and installed to exacting specification using the most advanced welding and installation techniques.

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The Analytical Laboratory is the vital link that brings the waste vitrification process together. The Laboratory is a process link between the Pretreatment, High-Level Waste and Low-Activity Waste Facilities. Its key function is to ensure the final glass product meets all regulatory requirements and standards.

The Laboratory will annually analyze 10,000 waste samples. Initial samples identify the correct glass former “recipe” to produce a consistent glass form. Once the recipe is identified, the glass formers and the waste are delivered to the high-level waste and low-activity waste feed preparation vessels where they are mixed together and then fed into melters. Additional waste samples ensure good process controls and a high-quality product.

The underground hot cell drain collection vessel is a collection, containment, staging, transfer, and secondary containment area for waste streams from the analytical services. The vessel contents are recycled to the Pretreatment Facility.

Above-ground and embedded foundation piping
The Laboratory contains piping above ground, within underground cells and vaults, and embedded in its thick concrete foundation for drainage and waste transfer. All process piping on the Vit Plant is made of sturdy, nuclear-grade stainless steel or Hastelloy and installed to exacting specification using the most advanced welding and installation techniques.

Analytical Laboratory

Analytical Laboratory

Analytical Laboratory

Analytical Laboratory