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Methods to Manufacture Cermets

There are many methods to manufacture cermets. One option is shown here. DU dioxide and steel powder are mixed, the mixture is placed between clean sheets of steel, the "sandwich" is heated, and the sandwich is rolled. The result is a solid cermet, which has clean steel exterior surfaces. Uranium dioxide cermets have been manufactured as nuclear fuels. Non-uranium cermets are produced in large quantities for the manufacture of cutting tools, brake pads, and similar applications.

The steel powder to manufacture the cermet waste packages could be obtained by recycling the potentially contaminated steel, which has resulted from the decommissioning of government nuclear facilities. Recycling would allow the reuse and disposal of many hundreds of thousand of tons of steel.

Production of a Cermet in a Rolling Mill
Production of a Cermet in a Rolling Mill

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