The Belgian Supercontainer concept - corrosion issues

Bruno Kursten, Frank Druyts, R. Gens

Research outputpeer-review


The Supercontainer design is the preferred option for the underground disposal of high level nuclear waste in Belgium. It consists of a carbon steel overpack surrounded by a thick concrete buffer. In this high alkaline environment and under normal conditions (without the ingress of aggressive species), the carbon steel overpack will be protected by a passive oxide film, which is believed to result in very low uniform corrosion rates. This paper describes the status of current knowledge of the corrosion behaviour of the carbon steel overpack together with the remaining uncertainties and future key issues from a corrosion point of view.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSulphur-assisted corrosion in nuclear disposal systems
Place of PublicationLeeds, United Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis (CRC)
ISBN (Print)978-1-907975-17-2
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Publication series

NameEuropean Federation of Corrosion Publications
NumberNumber 59

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