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In-situ vitrification of waste materials

United States Patent

5,678,237
October 14, 1997
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A method for the in-situ vitrification of waste materials in a disposable can that includes an inner container and an outer container is disclosed. The method includes the steps of adding frit and waste materials to the inner container, removing any excess water, heating the inner container such that the frit and waste materials melt and vitrify after cooling, while maintaining the outer container at a significantly lower temperature than the inner container. The disposable can is then cooled to ambient temperatures and stored. A device for the in-situ vitrification of waste material in a disposable can is also disclosed.
Powell; James R. (Shoreham, NY), Reich; Morris (Kew Gardens Hills, NY), Barletta; Robert (Wading River, NY)
Associated Universities, Inc. (Washington, DC)
08/ 668,906
June 24, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-76CH00016, between the U.S. Department of Energy and Associated Universities, Inc. The Government has certain rights in the invention.