Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations

Advanced Technologies in Nuclear Waste Management Process Design and Materials


Publishing date
01 Sep 2019
Status
Closed
Submission deadline
26 Apr 2019

1University College London, London, UK

2Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2University College London, London, UK

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Advanced Technologies in Nuclear Waste Management Process Design and Materials

This issue is now closed for submissions.
More articles will be published in the near future.

Description

In the beginning of the 21st century, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident regenerated concern and speculation regarding nuclear power. However, the rapid expansion of population worldwide and the drive for economic development, in conjunction with the environmental issues aroused by the extensive use of fossil fuels, are globally leading to a constant growth of nuclear energy production.

Nevertheless, the technological challenges in what is envisaged to grow into a global and publicly accepted industry for peaceful purposes are yet evident. Waste management and decommissioning are clearly the biggest challenge the nuclear industry is facing today. Advanced nuclear fuel cycles that are under development internationally are expected to deliver new standards in sustainability and safety, by exploiting an interdependent system of many candidate technologies, where both waste management and economic factors are considered. Most of the developments focus on maximizing resource base and minimizing high-level waste. Research efforts are increasingly focusing on the separation of higher actinides which are long-lived and can be utilized in a series of new generation reactors (fast reactors) that is anticipated to provide new principles in reliability and proliferation-resistance. The recent developments and the associated challenges indicate the need to obtain a robust perception of the role of advanced waste management and decommissioning in future nuclear technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, understanding of reactor physics, transmutation systems, infrastructures, materials, thermal hydraulics, effective utilization of actinides and fission products, advanced approaches in reprocessing of spent fuel, decontamination of structures and materials, deep borehole disposal, and development of multifunctional materials for extreme conditions.

This special issue invites all relevant research groups from academia and industry to submit original research articles containing theoretical and/or experimental studies, which identify novel design features that can be utilized to provide advanced solutions for waste management in the future nuclear fuel cycle. Submissions of articles on overall assessments of how these advanced technologies can be integrated in existing processes in the nuclear cycle coupled with optimization techniques and multiscale modelling and simulation are also welcomed.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nuclear waste management technology (Gen IV incl. fast reactors and molten salt reactors)
  • Waste management of nuclear materials and nuclear fuels (incl. accident-tolerant fuel)
  • Advanced aqueous and pyrochemical separation processes (incl. intensified process)
  • Transmutation of nuclear waste fission products
  • Thermal hydraulics and heat transfer
  • Radioactive waste management and decommissioning
  • Multiscale modelling, simulation, and optimization techniques in nuclear waste management
  • Future developments in nuclear waste management technologies (incl. life cycle assessment)

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 8094205
  • - Research Article

Solidification and Stabilization of Spent TBP/OK Organic Liquids in a Phosphate Acid-Based Geopolymer

Teng Dong | Shuibo Xie | ... | Qingchun Song
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3591925
  • - Research Article

A Fracture Criterion for Prediction of Fracture Initiation of Metal Materials at Various Stress States for Nuclear Waste Storage

Zhihui Li | Xue Yang | Anmin Tang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5769147
  • - Research Article

Study on Transmutation of Minor Actinides as Burnable Poison in VVER-1000 Fuel Assembly

Vinh Thanh Tran | Hoai-Nam Tran | ... | Pham Nhu Viet Ha
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 6572606
  • - Research Article

Contribution of Ternary Reaction to Pd Sorption on MX-80 in Na-Ca-Cl Solution at High Ionic Strength

Shinya Nagasaki | Justin Riddoch | Joshua Racette
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 6789506
  • - Research Article

Logistical Simulation Modeling for Planning a Soil Remediation Process

David Kessel | Jihan Jeon | ... | Chang-Lak Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8736173
  • - Research Article

Assessment of the Radioactive Contamination of the RBMK-1500 Reactor’s Steam Pipelines and High Pressure Rings

G. Poškas | P. Poškas | A. Šimonis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4309545
  • - Research Article

A Methodology for Optimizing the Management of Spent Fuel of Nuclear Power Plants Using Dry Storage Casks

Ian B. Gomes | Pedro L. Cruz Saldanha | Antonio Carlos M. Alvim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4936379
  • - Research Article

Effect of on the Immobilization of High-Level Waste with Magnesium Potassium Phosphate Ceramic

Hailin Yang | Mingjiao Fu | ... | Jueshi Qian
Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
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