Effects of Core Sealing Methods on the Preservation of Pore Water

by Pete Striffler, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,
Charles A. Peters, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Five general core sealing methods (using Protecore, Lexan, wax, Protecore with wax, and Protecore with Lexan) were studied over a two year period to determine their moisture retention capabilities. Results indicate that the multibarrier methods (Protecore with wax and Protecore with Lexan) and the single barrier methods (Protecore and wax) provide successful means of retaining moisture in cores. Additional testing indicated that a tight wrap of Saran is effective in: 1) protecting the outer vapor barriers from puncture, 2) containing any condensate in close proximity to where it was condensed, and 3) retarding condensation. Tests conducted to determine the moisture adsorption potential of wax and the use of applying a positive or negative pressure to Protecore packets proved inconclusive, but warrant further investigation. The importance of proper and timely handling of core samples in the field, including refrigeration and weighing of samples, can not be overstated.

Subject Headings: Sealing | Water conservation | Pore water | Waste storage | Water storage | Adsorption | Radioactive wastes | Adhesives

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