AuthorPark, Jin-Goo, 1961-
AdvisorLynch, David C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe microwave induced plasma was used to sinter synthetic Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP) alumina and zirconia based high level nuclear waste calcines in a nitrogen atmosphere. The sintering behavior of these nuclear waste calcines was observed with identification of the phases formed. A sintered density of higher than 3.20 g/cm3 was obtained within 10 minutes of plasma sintering of pure calcines. The addition of frit in pure calcines to form glass-ceramics resulted in a decrease of density to less than 2.0 g/cm3. This was attributed to the reaction between frit and volatile substances in both zirconia based and alumina based calcines. The removal of volatile substances before sintering increased the sintered density of calcines. The lower sintered density was obtained for the more volatile samples. The phases formed in the plasma sintering of calcines were identified as a function of temperature and amount of frit.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Materials Science and Engineering