2020 Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Instructor(s)
Tsukahara Takehiko  Takeshita Kenji  Takao Koichiro   
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
NCL.C402
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2020/10/5
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

A deep geological disposal is one of the most important ways for the safe treatment of various kinds of radioactive wastes generated by nuclear power and reprocessing plants. This course focuses on the relation between the disposal engineering and natural environments, and explains basic science and technologies in the waste disposal, e.g., vitrified glass, bentonite buffer material, canister, overpack, and rock.
Moreover, the course aims to cultivate students' skills to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the radioactive waste management scientifically.

Student learning outcomes

The goals of this course are as follows.
1. Students can understand the qualities, the safety, and the performances of engineered barrier systems consisting of vitrified glass, bentonite buffer material, canister, overpack, and rock.
2. Students can obtain the scientific knowledge of waste management and the problem solving abilities.

Keywords

Nuclear fuel cycle, waste management, deep geological disposal, vitrified glass, artificial barrier

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In order to enhance students' learning, the practice will be provided.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Nuclear fuel cycle & radioactive wastes Studies on nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive wastes
Class 2 Buffer Material/Bentonite Studies on the properties of bentonite buffer materials and the migration behavior of water and radionuclides in the buffer matereial
Class 3 Vitrification and Vitrified Waste Studies on the vitrification and vitrified Waste
Class 4 Evaluation of the safety and the feasibility of deep geological disposal Studies on a scenario and a solution for evaluating the safety and the feasibility of deep geological disposal
Class 5 Radionuclide migration, post closure, and long-term safety Studies on the Radionuclide migration, post closure, and long-term safety
Class 6 Engineering Technology for Future Radioactive Waste Management Studies on the Engineering Technology for Future Radioactive Waste Management
Class 7 Metal Container and Overpack Studies on the metal container and overpack

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

none

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed at the beginning of class when necessary.
Principles and Standards for the Disposal of Long-Lived Radioactive Waste, N. Chapman and C. McCombie, Pergamon(2003)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise and report

Related courses

  • NCL.C401 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering
  • NCL.D405 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle A
  • NCL.D406 : Experiments for Nuclear Fuel Debris and Back‐end Fuel Cycle B
  • CAP.E361 : Radiation Chemistry
  • CAP.E362 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • NCL.C604 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Sepcial Laboratory

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

none

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

ptsuka[at]lane.iir.titech.ac.jp / 3067

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