American Society of Civil Engineers

Recent Results on the Effect of Gamma Radiation on the Durability and Microstructure of DWPF Glass

by N. E. Bibler, (Westinghouse Savannah River Co, United States), M. H. Tosten, (Westinghouse Savannah River Co, United States), and D. C. Beam, (Westinghouse Savannah River Co, United States)

pp. 1103-1109

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990
Abstract: The effect of gamma radiation on the durability and microstructure of a simulated nuclear waste glass from the Savannah River Site has been carefully investigated. Three large pieces of glass were irradiated with a Co-60 source to three doses up to a maximum dose of 3.1 × 108 Gray. Internal samples of the large pieces of the irradiated and unirradiated glasses were leached in deionized water to investigate durability changes and were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to investigate microstructure changes. Leach tests were performed in triplicate at 90°C with crushed glass samples in deionized water. A statistical analysis of the results indicated to the 95% confidence level that the radiation did not affect the glass durability.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Radioactive wastes
Waste disposal
Waste treatment

Author Keywords:
Radioactive Wastes
Gamma Rays - Microscopic Examination - Transmission Electron Microscopy - Radioactive Materials - Radiation Effects
Borosilicate Glasses - Durability Leach Tests - High-Level Nuclear Wastes - Simulated Nuclear Waste Glass