10 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT3860, MAT3861, MAT6860

Aims/Description: This unit considers management and methods of immobilization for nuclear waste. Wastes from the complete fuel cycle will be considered with methods and regulation for each main type of waste covered. Specific topics covered include:natural sources of radioactivity, definitions and classifications of wastemining, extraction and enrichment tailings, high-level, intermediate-level, and low-level classificationspre-treatment methods, vitrification technology, ceramic immobilization, and cementitous immobilisation, geological disposal, regulatory concerns and management, effects of transmutation and radiation damage on wasteform development. 

Staff Contact: Dr Martin Stennett
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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