IAEA’s Coordinated Research Programmes on Performance of High Level Wastes in Deep Geological Repositories

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The main conclusions of a Coordinated Research Programmes organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the performance of high-level wastes in deep geological repositories are summarized in this paper. The programme ran from 1997 till 2004. Glass, spent fuel and ceramics were the waste forms considered. The 13 participating countries reported their R&D including waste form development, basic understanding of the waste form properties and the performance in simulated disposal conditions. Significant progress has been achieved on the various issues. Recommendations are formulated as to integrate the R&D with the geological disposal conditions and performance assessment considerations, or to conceive generic studies in preparation of the above approach.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposium Proceedings. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX
Place of PublicationWarrendale, United States
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
EventMRS 2005. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX - SCK•CEN, Gent, Belgium
Duration: 12 Sep 200516 Sep 2005


ConferenceMRS 2005. Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIX


  • performance, simulated disposal conditions, high-level radioactive waste, glass, ceramics, spent fuel

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