Containment of High-Level Radioactive and Hazardous Solid Wastes with Clay Barriers: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Containment of High-Level Radioactive and Hazardous Solid Wastes with Clay Barriers

1st Edition

By Raymond N. Yong, Roland Pusch, Masashi Nakano

CRC Press

468 pages

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One of the principal objections to or problems with the use of nuclear fuel is that a proven method for safe disposal of spent nuclear fuel has yet to be established. The central focus of most schemes underway to dispose of these high-level radioactive wastes relies on clay-based buffers and barriers to isolate spent fuel canisters in boreholes deep underground in specially constructed tunnels and caverns.

Current thought on the principal methods of containment of high-level radioactive wastes is presented in this book. The authors proceed to discuss the processes and mechanisms involved in the development of long term properties and performance of clay-based buffers and backfills. The procedures and methodologies used to undertake predictions and performance assessments of these materials are also examined.

This is an invaluable reference for professionals, researchers, academics and regulators engaged in the development of radioactive waste sites.

Table of Contents


Radioactive and Hazardous Solid Waste Isolation

Nature of Clays

Clay-water Reactions and Partly-saturated Water Transport

Contaminant-clay Interactions and Impacts

Thermal, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Chemical and Biological Processes

Clay Evolution and Long Term Buffer/Barrier Performance

Field and Mockup Experiments

Modelling for Prediction and Performance Assessment

Safety Assessment and Performance Determination

About the Authors

Raymond N. Yong is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University and former Director of the Geotechnical Research Centre of McGill University, Canada.

Roland Pusch is Managing Director of Geodevelopment AB and former Professor at the Technical University of Luleå and University of Lund, Sweden.

Masashi Nakano is Emeritus Professor of Soil Physics and Soil Hydrology at the University of Tokyo and Director of the Institute of Soil Science and Engineering, Japan.

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