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Abstract

The European Communities Second R $:20 D Programme 1980 - 1984 " Management and Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Shared cost action)' included a closely coordinated research activity for the "Characterization of low and medium level radioactive waste forms". This report summarizes the main results obtained during the five years of the programme by laboratories in seven European countries participating in the coordinated R $:20 D efforts. Ten reference waste forms have been selected, based on the most important types of low and medium level waste arising and the three commonly used immobilization matrices: cement, bitumen and polymers. The investigated properties were mainly: waste matrix compatibility, radiation effects, leaching behaviour, leached radionuclides speciation, microbiological resistance and thermal as well as mechanical properties. Extensive experimental results relevant for the qualification of waste products and for application in performance analysis are presented in this final report. The main conclusions are drawn for the confinement properties of these different waste forms. These conclusions have also shown the necessity of selecting several other reference waste forms for the continuation of this R $:20 D action now being launched in the Third EC Programme 1985 - 1989.

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Authors: POTTIER P E CEA (FRANCE) GLASSER F P UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND (UK) , CEA (FRANCE);UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10579 EN (1986) FS, 278 P., BFR 1440, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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