15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: MAT3860, MAT3861, MAT4860, MAT4861, MAT6170

Aims/Description: This module considers fundamentals of nuclear waste management. A range of topics will be considered including contaminants and radiotoxicity, NORM, background radiation, risks, regulations, classification, origin and characteristics, short-lived and long-lived radionuclides, principles of waste management, characterisation, pre-treatment, thermochemical technologies, immobilisation by cements, bitumen and glass, vitrification technology, Joule heated ceramic and cold crucible induction melters, metal matrices, immobilising ceramics, glass ceramics and glass composite materials, self-sustaining immobilisation, performance of cementitious, bituminous, vitreous and metallic waste forms, radiation effects in glasses and ceramics, partitioning and transmutation, storage and disposal, safety assessment.

Restrictions on availability: Cannot be taken with MAT3860. MAT4860. MAT6170

Staff Contact: HAND RUSSELL J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study,
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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