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Special Issue "Deep Borehole Disposal of Nuclear Waste"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (17 May 2019).
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Interests: groundwater hydrogeology; radionuclide transport; engineered barrier performance; safety assessment
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Interests: sealing systems for deep geological boreholes; multiscale modelling; statistical mechanics; non-equilibrium simulation; radiation damage in ceramics and glasses
Interests: radioactive waste management; deep geological disposal systems; multinational repository solutions; post-closure safety assessment; site characterisation; natural hazards
Interests: nuclear waste disposal; water treatment; enhanced oil recovery
Management of radioactive wastes from medical, scientific and industrial use of radio-isotopes and from energy production poses both technological and societal challenges. Low-level and some intermediate-level radioactive wastes (LILW) can be safely disposed in engineered near-surface repositories, but longer-lived intermediate-level waste (ILW), spent fuel from nuclear reactors (SF), high-level wastes from reprocessing of SF (HLW) and long-lived spent sealed sources (SSS) are considerably more radioactive and have a higher content of long-lived radionuclides. These wastes require a higher degree of containment and isolation deep underground, typically in geological disposal facilities (GDF). A wide range of GDF designs has been investigated and developed internationally, tailored to suit specific wastes types and geological conditions. Disposal in medium-depth (tens to hundreds of metres) boreholes in suitable hard rock or sedimentary formations can provide adequate isolation and containment for safe and cost-effective disposal of relatively small volumes of ILW and SSS. Deeper borehole disposal (hundreds to thousands of metres) has been considered for HLW, SF, separated plutonium wastes and some very high specific activity fission-product wastes—its modularity being one of the major advantages over traditionally mined GDFs. This Special Issue is intended to provide an overview of R&DD developments over the past decade in regards to both medium depth SSS disposal and deep borehole disposal for various nuclear wastes.
For this Special Issue, we invite papers that discuss aspects of identifying waste streams potentially suitable for borehole disposal, site suitability characteristics and site selection, subsurface characterisation of host rock and deep fluids, coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical modelling of borehole-host rock environments, borehole design and drilling and borehole management technologies, waste handling and emplacement technologies, borehole sealing, long-term engineered barrier behaviour under high pressure and temperature, post-closure safety assessments, cost and economic modelling and strategic aspects of borehole disposal in national waste management programmes. We also welcome discussions on regulatory challenges surrounding deep borehole disposal, including those around safeguards termination versus ongoing monitoring.
Dr. Dirk Mallants
Dr. Karl Travis
Prof. Neil Chapman
Dr. Patrick Brady
Mr. Hefin Griffiths
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Drilling technology
- Seal behaviour
- Extreme environment geosciences
- Thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical modelling