Special Issue "Nuclear Waste Disposal"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mostafa Fayek

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada
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Interests: ore deposits; mine tailings; mineralogy; nuclear waste disposal; isotopes; SIMS; geo-fluids
Guest Editor
Dr. Julie Brown

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9, Canada
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Interests: nuclear waste disposal; mine tailings; mineralogy; geochemistry; metamorphism and phase equilibria

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With increasing concern over climate change due to the consumption of fossil fuels, identifying clean sources of energy is of paramount importance. Nuclear energy is one of the cleanest sources of energy. Despite the utility and climate friendly nature of nuclear power, the waste generated (mainly in the form of spent nuclear fuel) can pose a hazard to the hydro and bio-spheres. Radioactive wastes from nuclear power plants that may be placed in a deep geologic repository (DGR), as well as radioactive waste from former uranium mines and other industrial sites, are of concern to humans because of potential impacts on ground water quality and habitat. The goal of this Special Issue is to gather recent advances in the field of nuclear waste disposal. Contributions on subjects such as natural analogues for DGR concepts, radionuclide transport in surface and subsurface environments, uranium mine tailings, contaminated sites, waste matrices, and geologic disposal of spent nuclear fuel are strongly encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Mostafa Fayek
Dr. Julie Brown
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Radionuclides
  • Uranium
  • Spent nuclear fuel
  • Deep geologic repository
  • Natural analogues

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Research

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Mathematical Modelling of Fault Reactivation Induced by Water Injection
Minerals 2019, 9(5), 282; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9050282
Received: 4 April 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 5 May 2019 / Published: 8 May 2019
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Faults in the host rock that might exist in the vicinity of deep geological repositories for radioactive waste, constitute potential enhanced pathways for radionuclide migration. Several processes might trigger pore pressure increases in the faults leading to fault failure and induced seismicity, and [...] Read more.
Faults in the host rock that might exist in the vicinity of deep geological repositories for radioactive waste, constitute potential enhanced pathways for radionuclide migration. Several processes might trigger pore pressure increases in the faults leading to fault failure and induced seismicity, and increase the faults’ permeability. In this research, we developed a mathematical model to simulate fault activation during an experiment of controlled water injection in a fault at the Mont-Terri Underground Research Laboratory in Switzerland. The effects of in-situ stress, fault shear strength parameters and heterogeneity are assessed. It was shown that the above factors are critical and need to be adequately characterized in order to predict the faults’ hydro-mechanical behaviour. Full article
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