Accession Number : ADA327905

Title :   Assessment of Soil Erosion Methods for Sludge Recovery, Savannah River Site.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Smith, Lawson M.

PDF Url : ADA327905

Report Date : JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : The applicability of soil erosion methods for recovery of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) from selected storage tanks at the Savannah River Site (SRS) was assessed conceptually. Soil erosion methods are defined as the processes of soil detachment, entrainment, transport, and deposition. The assessment involved four phases: (a) data collection, (b) evaluation of potentially applicable erosion models and methods, (c) development of a numerical model of sludge erosion, and (d) documentation of methods and results. Analyses described in this report were made on existing data developed at SRS using existing analytical methods and models. Four topics are discussed: (a) erosion processes for sludge recovery, (b) application of soil erosion to sludge recovery at SRS, (c) numerical simulation of sludge erosion, and (d) summary and recommendations. Results of the investigation indicate that erosion methods can be effective in the recovery of waste sludge. The natural internal order of erosional networks provides a system that is predictable, efficient, and quickly responsive to artificial control. Numerical simulation of erosional systems indicated that an erosional system developed in SRS HLW would be an efficient way to recover HLW.

Descriptors :   *EROSION, *RADIOACTIVE WASTES, *SOIL EROSION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, CONTROL, RECOVERY, HIGH RATE, MODELS, SITES, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, EFFICIENCY, DEPOSITION, INTERNAL, DATA ACQUISITION, RIVERS, WASTES, STORAGE TANKS, SLUDGE.

Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE