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Vitrification is being researched as a technique to improve the disposal and long term storage of nuclear waste

They were cheerfully vitrifying nuclear waste when I visited Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant about 15 years ago. Thus the phrasing "is being researched" seems a little behind-the-times.

-- 07:43, 25 May 2005 (UTC)

I've updated the nuclear waste vitrification info, based on a recent article at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory web site. From an engineering standpoint, nuclear waste disposal through vitrification is a done deal. It's still an issue only for those who are uninformed or refuse to listen. Quicksilver 08:20, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)


Isn't another common term for vitrification Glassification, at least in regard to radioactive/nuclear waste? Should there be a redirect for that term?

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Can water vitrify if it simply lacks large scale entropy? I'm not sure if this is the same, its more of an unstable state than what vitrification sounds like, but my uncle showed me a bottle of water which had been left outside on a very cold winter day. It wasnt frozen, it was still liquid. But as soon as he touched it, the entire thing turned to slushy ice. He explained that the water simply lacked the large entropy and circulation to allow crystals to begin to form. Could someone explain?

I believe the water was supercooled. As soon as you messed with it, (I think) energy caused the formation of a crystal and the rest of the water followed. This can often be seen when you place a bottle of beer in the freezer. You take it out and it is liquid but if you strike the bottle you make it freeze. You can see the "wave front" of the freeze. You can also superheat water in a microwave. When you remove the water it is not boiling, but if you add something like a soup packet, it gives the water a place to (?) nucleate and boil instantly. This is probably not helpful, but might be. Bad S MiniBad S Mini 2007-08-20 —The preceding signed but undated comment was added at 01:50, August 21, 2007 (UTC).


The current description is not quite correct. Quote "Vitrification is a process of converting a material into a glass-like amorphous solid which is free of any crystalline structure", however ceramics articles are said to be vitreous when they are no longer permeable to water, under specified conditions. However the microstructure of many, many vitreous ceramics are composed of a glassy matrix interspersed with crystalline material. Before I change the article accordingly I thought I post something on the discussions page. Anybody anything to say?Theriac 16:57, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

If what you say is true, it would indicate that a different terminology is being used for ceramics than is used for glass. A glass by definition is completely amorphous -- without any crystal structure. Glasses are a subset of ceramics, so if the terminology you say is true for ceramics, it would only be true for ceramics which are not glasses. Thanks for raising this issue on the discussion page before making the change. --Ben Best 17:41, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Hi Ben Best,Thank you for the reply. The classification of glass as being a ceramic material is arguable, with this being more popular in the US than say Europe. However this article is about vitrification rather than defining materials themselves, and there would seem to be wider agreement regarding what it means in relation to ceramics and glass. To help give some credibility to a slight modification I had a quick scan through my library, but to date the best I could find is: ‘Vitreous – as applied to ceramics, means glassy. Having extremely low or no porosity.’ Cooksons Ceramists Handbook. 1990 I not tremendously happy with either the definition, permeability rather than porosity would be better, and there is no ISBN so I search a little moreTheriac 18:07, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Hi Theriac. Your quotation seems to confuse matters even more. If vitreous for ceramics means glassy, then vitreous would mean containing no crystals -- as opposed to simply not being permeable to water while containing interspersed crystalline material. Presumably the "glassy matrix" does not contain crystalline material. I think if the terminology that you indicate is valid and you want to make the change you should indicate that it is a special use of the term applying to non-glass ceramics and that the definition of vitreous/vitrification for glass requires that it be entirely amorphoous (non-crystalline). If there are differences in terminology associated with geography, that should be noted as well. --Ben Best 18:30, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Ben Best, I said I wasn't happy with that definition! It was however what I could find after only a short search. In ceramics, or at least whiteware ceramics, the decription of a body as being 'glassy' does not mean no crystals, rather it means a relative high proportion of glass in the body which also contains some crystalline material. And for clarification, and I hope not confusion, for glazes (a coating of a specialised glasses used on the surface of the body) the 'glass' definition is recognised, and hence 'devitrification' means the formation of crystals in the glaze.Theriac 18:47, 8 January 2007 (UTC)


The disambiguation page leads to three different articles or article sections. However, all three of them at some point have the link Vitrification which leads back to the disambiguation. Someone needs to do a serious editing of all three articles and the disambig. I don't know enough nor have the time to do this; but, it needs to be done. Spartan S58 (talk) 20:23, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

P.S. I came to this from the "glassing" of planets; in a sci-fi setting, plasma bombarding that turns the planet surface to glass. I didn't really see any mention of this in any of the articles; anyone care to contribute?

That is science fiction, wikipedia deals with factual knowledge. The linking error is due to the articles having been wikilinked to Vitrification before the article was turned into a disambiguation page. Polyamorph (talk) 05:26, 31 August 2009 (UTC)