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Understanding and Physical and Numerical Modelling of the Key Processes in the Near Field and their Coupling for Different Host Rocks and Repository Strategies (NF-PRO), Final report, EUR 23730

Project ID: 2389
Funded under: FP6-EURATOM-NUWASTE

Abstract

Most EU Member States depending on nuclear power pursue geological disposal as the preferred option for the long-term management of long-lived and high-level radioactive waste. During the past 25 years, considerable progress has been made in the establishment of a scientific basis for the final disposition of radioactive waste.
Repository concepts under development in the EU put strong emphasis on the performance of the engineered barriers surrounding the disposed waste. The near field is an essential part of the disposal system as its principal function is to contain and to minimise the release of radionuclides over extended periods of time. Accordingly, the properties, the behaviour and the evolution of the near-field system are fundamental in the evaluation of the overall performance of a geological repository for radioactive waste disposal.
The integrated project NF-PRO (Sixth Euratom Framework Programme) has investigated key processes in the near field of a geological repository for the disposal of high-level vitrified waste and spent fuel. This final activity report provides a concise overview of the project scope and content and summarises key achievements and advances made by the project.

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