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Analysis of operation records; Evaluation of event sequences in extruder

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All result of chemical analysis and operators observation suggest non-chemical mechanism raised the filling temperature of the bituminized product at the incident. We, Tokai reprocessing plant safety evaluation and analysis team, performed the experiment using laboratory scale extruder and viscosity measurement to explain the high temperature of mixture. The result of the experiment using laboratory scale extruder showed that the phenomena of salt enrichment and salt accumulation oceured and they raised mixture temperature at the decreased feeed rate. These phenomena depend on the feed rate and they have large contribution of heat transportation and rise of operational torque due to the friction between screw and mixture. Based on the experiment result and all information, we investigated the operation procedure, operational records and machine arrangement to try to explain the behavior of the mixture in the extruder. Judging from each torque and temperature behavior, we succeeded in explaining a sequential behavior in the incident. It is estimated that mixture temperature was raised by physical heat generation in the extruder and this report explains each operation, investigated result and estimated event sequences.



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