Session 4: Waste Immobilization—Waste Form Development: Processing and Performance
This session will focus on the use of glasses and glass-ceramics for the immobilization of nuclear and hazardous wastes. The renewed interest in nuclear power generation and fuel reprocessing means that the processing, properties, and testing of vitreous materials also needs to be expanded. Similarly, treatment of hazardous waste for disposal or recycle is of current interest in many countries. The session will cover materials technologies for the treatment of nuclear, hazardous, and toxic wastes, which includes waste immobilization and encapsulation in inert matrices. New and innovative applications of materials and materials processes and alternative waste form materials and processing methods will be highlighted. Waste-form performance and accelerated testing to assess durability will be also covered as well as modeling of their behavior over long timescales. Additional topics include characterization and testing techniques to quantify waste form properties.
- James Marra, Savannah River National Laboratory, USA