Using Borosilicate Glass as a HLW Storage Medium

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by Scott D. Moegling, Univ of Akron, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering:

Abstract: There is growing concern over the quality of present high level waste management techniques. Instances of nuclear accidents and contamination at nuclear waste sites in the United States and around the world reflect the major problem facing nuclear power today. This review article presents existing information on borosilicate glasses and the process by which it forms a convenient storage matrix for high level wastes. Recent test results dealing with physical properties of borosilicate glasses are shown, and, based on these findings, the feasibility of using borosilicate glasses as a universal HLW storage medium is discussed.

Subject Headings: Material properties | Glass | Waste storage | Radioactive wastes | Recycling | Nuclear power | North America | United States

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