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Abstract

The management to the radioactive hulls of spent nuclear fuel is part of the R&D activities which the Commission of the European Communities is supporting in the scope of its shared cost programme on radioactive waste. The R&D activities began in 1976 and have led to a comprehensive characterization of such different fuel hulls as from Light Water Reactors, Fast Breeder Reactors and, for comparison reasons, also from CANDU (heavy water) reactors. With regard to the development of advanced conditioning methods for the long-term storage of hulls' waste, several alternative options were investigated, namely the hulls' compaction and enclosure into a lead containment,the embedment into a compacted graphite or aluminium matrix, the embedment into anhydrous ceramic cements and, on the other hand, the conversation of zircaloy hulls into chemically inert zirconia as well as the conditioning of zircaloy hulls of melting.

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Authors: HEBEL W CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: WASTE MANAGEMENT AND DECONTAMINATION AND DECOMMISSIONING, NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (USA), SEPT. 14-18, 1986 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32837 ORA
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Record Number: 1989124126900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en