OCEAN DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE BY PENETRATOR EMPLACEMENT
A number of options for the disposal of vitrified high level radioactive waste are being studied. This study has considered the engineering and operational aspects of the Penetrator Option for ocean disposal. Calculations and demonstration have shown that penetrators could achieve embedment depths in excess of 30 m which would be an effective barrier for radionuclide isolation. The integrity of the sediment barrier may be affected by the temperature rise following disposal and further research of sediment thermal response is required. The study concludes that a 75mm thickness of low carbon steel appears to be sufficient to provide a containment life of 500 to 1000 years. A reference penetrator design has been produced, the area of seabed required for a certain disposal rate and disposal costs have been assessed.
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Record Number: 1989124117200 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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