TOS forum, Issue 5, p. 129 (2015)

Review of a non-probabilistic sampler versus a Vezin sampler on low weight percent solids slurries

Steven E. Kellya and Francis F. Pitardb
a2425 Stevens Center Pl, MSN-H0-55, Richland, WA 99354 USA. E-mail: [email protected]
b14800 Tejon Street, Broomfield, CO 80023 USA. E-mail: [email protected]

The Hanford Tank Operations Contractor (TOC) and the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) contractor are both engaged in demonstrating mixing, sampling, and transfer system capability using simulated Hanford High-Level Radioactive Waste (HLW) formulations. This work represents one of the remaining technical issues with the high-level waste treatment mission at Hanford – the TOC’s ability to adequately sample high-level waste feed to meet the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Waste Acceptance Criteria Data Quality Objectives. A full-scale sampling loop was used at a cold test facility to evaluate sampler capability. The sampler under investigation for deployment is non-probabilistic but radioactive environment friendly. A Vezin sampler (probabilistic) was used to obtain reference samples and accurately characterize the simulant as it flowed through the test loop. The two samplers are located in series, allowing for multiple samples to be taken from both samplers over the same time period (sample pairs) and direct sample comparison. The Vezin sampler was modified to minimize material build up allowing for steady state operation. This report discusses modifications made to the Vezin sampler and the results of sampler comparison.

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