Release of Radionuclides from Spent Fuel Under Repository Conditions: Mathematical Modelling and Preliminary Results


In the framework of the Enresa 2000 PA exercise and as a continuation of the developments made during SR 97, we have developed a conceptual and numerical model to calculate the release of radionuclides from spent fuel under repository conditions. The model includes both thermodynamic and kinetic considerations. Hence, although certain radionuclides are solubility controlled, for other radionuclides their release is governed by kinetic processes such as radiolytically promoted oxidative dissolution of the matrix and the associated water turnover inthe gap. The fluxes of selected radionuclides are calculated as an indication of the relative importance of the various processes considered to define source term concentrations in the performance assessment of the spent fuel repository.

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Cera, E., Merino, J. & Bruno, J. Release of Radionuclides from Spent Fuel Under Repository Conditions: Mathematical Modelling and Preliminary Results. MRS Online Proceedings Library 663, 459 (2000).

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