- Each block capable of retaining at least 3.2 liters of liquid
- Very stable long term storage (500 years +)
- Disposal of low level radioactive waste liquids
- Disposal of plutonium contaminated (PCM) liquid waste
- Spill bunds
- Long term contaminated Liquid Storage
Bentonite Absorber Blocks
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Briefly, the operation of the blocks are as follows:
- Whilst dry the Absorber Block material is packed with microscopic voids, each of those microscopic voids contain a
dehydrated particle of bentonite.
- When a liquid comes into contact with the Absorber Block, the bentonite actively absorbs the liquid deep inside the block and
the now hydrated bentonite particle swells to fill the void.
- Once the liquid has been absorbed by the bentonite into the Absorber Block, it becomes stable and will not leak or leach out of
the block. The waste liquid is then encapsulated within the Absorber Block for a period of at least 500 years in a stable condition.
Length: 230 mm
Width: 170 mm
Height: 120 mm
Dry weight: 3.5 Kg
Wet weight: 7.5 Kg
Retained liquid: 3.2 litre minimum
Delivery: Palletized packs of 135 blocks each.
Cementitious Absorber blocks for absorbing low level
active liquid & PCM nuclear waste, before
Absorber blocks have been developed & manufactered by
Smith Engineering at the absorbant block plant within the
Maryport facility for over 5 years.
The blocks have been used extensively by Sellafield Ltd in the
liquid barrier lining in the base of their low level waste
containers (containing PCM waste) at their above ground LLW
Repository at Drigg, Cumbria.
The stable long term storage nature of Absorber Blocks make
them the only suitable product for this task in the world.