Effect of Ionizing Radiation on the Waste Package Environment

by D. T. Reed, Argonne Natl Lab, Argonne, IL, USA,
R. A. Van Konynenburg, Argonne Natl Lab, Argonne, IL, USA,

Abstract: The radiolytic production of nitrogen oxides, nitrogen acids and ammonia are discussed in relation to the expected environment in a high-level waste repository that may be constructed at the Yucca Mountain site if it is found to be suitable. Both literature data and repository-relevant data are summarized for air-water vapor systems. The limiting cases of a dry air and a pure water vapor gas phase are also discussed. Design guidelines and recommendations, based solely on the potential consequence of radiation enhancement of corrosion, are given.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Nitrogen | Radiation | Acids | Ammonia | Waste sites | Construction sites

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