Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-10-18
Supported catalysts having an atomic level single atom structure are provided such that substantially all the catalyst is available for catalytic function. Processes of forming a catalyst unto a porous catalyst support is also provided.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2015-09-28
A method for digestion and gasification of graphite for removal from an underlying surface is described. The method can be utilized to remove graphite remnants of a formation process from the formed metal piece in a cleaning process. The method can be particularly beneficial in cleaning castings formed with graphite molding materials. The method can utilize vaporous nitric acid (HNO_(3)) or vaporous HNO_(3 )with air/oxygen to digest the graphite at conditions that can avoid damage to the underlying surface.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2015-11-03
Methods and materials for determining the affinity of separation materials for targeted species are described. A composite separation medium is described that combines a separation material such as an ion exchange material or a sorbent with an SERS substrate. Methods and materials can be utilized to determine the distribution coefficient of a species for a separation material after running a single separation protocol followed by examination of the separation material of the protocol according to SERS. Disclosed methods can be utilized to determine the affinity of existing separation materials for targeted species as well as to determine the affinity of newly engineered separation materials to characterize species.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-12-28
Generally, the present disclosure is directed to gas monitoring systems that use inductive power transfer to safely power an electrically passive device included within a nuclear material storage container. In particular, the electrically passive device can include an inductive power receiver for receiving inductive power transfer through a wall of the nuclear material storage container. The power received by the inductive power receiver can be used to power one or more sensors included in the device. Thus, the device is not required to include active power generation components such as, for example, a battery, that increase the risk of a spark igniting flammable gases within the container.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2017-02-01
A reduced-temperature method for treatment of a fuel element is described. The method includes molten salt treatment of a fuel element with a nitrate salt. The nitrate salt can oxidize the outer graphite matrix of a fuel element. The method can also include reduced temperature degradation of the carbide layer of a fuel element and low temperature solubilization of the fuel in a kernel of a fuel element.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-08-29
A system and method for the secure storage and transmission of data is provided. A data aggregate device can be configured to receive secure data from a data source, such as a sensor, and encrypt the secure data using a suitable encryption technique, such as a shared private key technique, a public key encryption technique, a Diffie-Hellman key exchange technique, or other suitable encryption technique. The encrypted secure data can be provided from the data aggregate device to different remote devices over a plurality of segregated or isolated data paths. Each of the isolated data paths can include an optoisolator that is configured to provide one-way transmission of the encrypted secure data from the data aggregate device over the isolated data path. External data can be received through a secure data filter which, by validating the external data, allows for key exchange and other various adjustments from an external source.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-02-12
A radiation imaging system includes a casing and a camera disposed inside the casing. A first field of view through the casing exposes the camera to light from outside of the casing. An image plate is disposed inside the casing, and a second field of view through the casing to the image plate exposes the image plate to high-energy particles produced by a radioisotope outside of the casing. An optical reflector that is substantially transparent to the high-energy particles produced by the radioisotope is disposed with respect to the camera and the image plate to reflect light to the camera and to allow the high-energy particles produced by the radioisotope to pass through the optical reflector to the image plate.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-06-21
A process of producing electrically conductive pathways within additively manufactured parts and similar parts made by plastic extrusion nozzles. The process allows for a three-dimensional part having both conductive and non-conductive portions and allows for such parts to be manufactured in a single production step.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-03-29
A galvanic cell and methods of using the galvanic cell is described for the recovery of uranium from used nuclear fuel according to an electrofluorination process. The galvanic cell requires no input energy and can utilize relatively benign gaseous fluorinating agents. Uranium can be recovered from used nuclear fuel in the form of gaseous uranium compound such as uranium hexafluoride, which can then be converted to metallic uranium or UO_(2 )and processed according to known methodology to form a useful product, e.g., fuel pellets for use in a commercial energy production system.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions | Date: 2016-02-16
Disclosed are methods for immobilizing hazardous waste within a solid waste form and solid waste forms that can be formed according to the methods. The methods include dispersing waste materials throughout a metallic matrix material to form a particulate mixture followed by solidification of at least the metallic components of the mixture to form a solid waste form. The solidification can be carried out either incrementally in an additive manufacturing process or in bulk, but in either case, the solidification process is carried out such that waste material remains located within the solid metallic matrix essentially as deposited and there is little or no opportunity for the waste materials to separate and disperse throughout the matrix material. As such, the waste is retained within the solidified matrix essentially as deposited with no possibility for the waste to coalesce either during or following the solidification process.