Ultrasonic Cleaning Improves Cleaning of Depleted Uranium

Ultrasonic Cleaners brings significant savings in cleaning depleted uranium

Ultrasonic Cleaners brings significant savings in cleaning depleted uranium

At the West End Treatment Facility of the Oak Ridge Plant nitric acid was the primary solvent used to clean depleted uranium.  These were in the form of cast billets, cast iron, and wrought iron parts.  It was the single biggest contaminant in the waste treatment facility.  This document goes into the details of how they moved from nitric acid to alternative cleaning methods for these parts. In testing for they found that ultrasonic cleaning was the most effective cleaning method for certain type of wrought iron parts.  By moving these parts to the ultrasonic cleaning facility the study found that there would be a 83% decrease in part throughput at the nitric acid facility and a correspondingly significant decrease in wastes generated and associated costs overall.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More