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Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Technology

Date of Award

5-2011

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

W. Andrew Clark

Committee Members

Andrew Czuchry, Keith V. Johnson

Abstract

In an effort to free up valuable storage space, an obsolete dual tube furnace facility was repurposed to process legacy and newly generated reaction by-products for reuse and/or evaluation. These materials consist of magnesium oxide and unreacted chemicals including small amounts of uranium. They will be converted to their safest form. The repurposing of the facility was not a simple undertaking as all of the utilities with the exception of electricity were disconnected from the facility and the furnaces were more than 50 years old. A 2-part project consisting of a construction phase and transition to operations phase was initiated to accomplish the task. Because funding was done in a piecemeal fashion, the dynamics of restarting the facility was accomplished using creative project management. Lessons learned will provide invaluable information for future sustainability endeavors that require the renovation of an out-service facility to meet current and future needs.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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