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An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation

Safety and environmental impact is of uppermost concern when dealing with the movement and storage of nuclear waste. The 20 chapters in 'An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation' cover all important aspects of immobilisation, from nuclear decay, to regulations, to new technologies and methods. Significant focus is given to the analysis of the various matrices used in transport: cement, bitumen and glass, with the greatest attention being given to glass. The last chapter concentrates on the performance assessment of each matrix, and on new developments of ceramics and glass composite materials, thermochemical methods and in-situ metal matrix immobilisation. The book thoroughly covers all issues surrounding nuclear waste: from where to locate nuclear waste in the environment, through nuclear waste generation and sources, treatment schemes and technologies, immobilisation technologies and waste forms, disposal and long term behaviour. Particular attention is paid to internationally approved and worldwide-applied approaches and technologies.

Materials, environmental and energy scientists and researchers. Anyone researching or developing materials for nuclear waste immobilisation.


Published: September 2005

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-044462-8


  • " excellent source of knowledge for undergraduates who require general information on nuclear waste and its immobilisation." -Dr. John Fernie in MATERIALS WORLD, May 2007


  • 1. Introduction to immobilisation2. Nuclear decay3. Contaminants and hazards 4. Heavy metals5. Naturally occurring radionuclides 6. Background radiation 7. Nuclear waste regulations8. Principles of nuclear waste management 9. Sources and characteristics of nuclear waste 10. Short-lived waste radionuclides 11. Long-lived waste radionuclides 12. Management and characterisation of radioactive waste 13. Pre-treatment of radioactive wastes 14. Treatment of radioactive wastes 15. Immobilisation of radioactive wastes in cement16. Immobilisation of radioactive wastes in bitumen 17. Immobilisation of radioactive wastes in glass 18. New immobilising hosts and technologies19. Nuclear waste disposal 20. Performance assessment


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