UO2 dissolution in high pH conditions of the Belgian Supercontainer

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To assess the long-term behavior of spent fuel in alkaline conditions representative for the Belgian Supercontainer design, static and dynamic dissolution tests were performed with depleted and Pu-doped UO2, simulating medium burn-up UOX fuels of different fuel ages. The experiments were performed under argon atmosphere at 25-30°C in cement waters in the pH range 11.7-13.5 and at different SA/V ratios. This paper presents the observed UO2 matrix dissolution rates based on the (238U or 233U) release, and proposes a selection of reference dissolution rates for performance assessment. We demonstrate that the dissolution rates at high pH are equivalent to the dissolution rates reported in the literature for neutral pH conditions. The a-activity threshold below which radiolytical fuel oxidation becomes negligible, seems to be close to the threshold reported for anoxic media at neutral pH.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXXV
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA
Duration: 9 Apr 201213 Apr 2012

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Conference2012 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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