CANISTER MATERIAL TESTS.
RESEARCHER INSERTS A GLASS LINER CONTAINING 13 TEST TUBES INTO A HIGH-TEMPERATURE, HIGH-PRESSURE VESSEL (AUTOCLAVE) USED IN SANDIA NATIONAL LAB'S EXTENSIVE TESTS TO IDENTIFY THE EFFECTS OF HEAT ON MATERIALS WHICH MAY BE USED FOR RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE CANISTERS. THE TEST TUBES CONTAIN CRUSHED AND BEDDED SALT, BRINE, AND SMALL 'COUPONS' OF THE ALLOYS (E.G., VARIOUS STAINLESS STEELS, CARBON STEEL, AND TITANIUM) BEING CONSIDERED AS CANISTER MATERIAL. THESE, ANOTHER TESTS, PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT CORROSION CHARACTERISTICS OF ALLOYS AND ARE PART OF A SCIENTIFIC EFFORT AT SANDIA TO INVESTIGATE BEHAVIOR IN SALT BEDS LOCATED IN SOUTHEASTERN NM, THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF A FACILITY TO BURY RADIOACTIVE WASTES IN ROOMS CARVED FROM BEDS WHICH ARE MORE THAN 2000 FEET BELOW THE EARTH'S SURFACE.
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