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Title: Conceptual Design for Waste Packaging and Emplacement in Deep Boreholes.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Fuel Cycle Technologies (NE-5)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference held April 9-13, 2017 in Charlotte, NC.
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United States

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Hardin, Ernest, Su, Jiann-Cherng, Cochran, John R., and Peretz, Fred. Conceptual Design for Waste Packaging and Emplacement in Deep Boreholes.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Hardin, Ernest, Su, Jiann-Cherng, Cochran, John R., & Peretz, Fred. Conceptual Design for Waste Packaging and Emplacement in Deep Boreholes.. United States.
Hardin, Ernest, Su, Jiann-Cherng, Cochran, John R., and Peretz, Fred. 2016. "Conceptual Design for Waste Packaging and Emplacement in Deep Boreholes.". United States. doi:.
title = {Conceptual Design for Waste Packaging and Emplacement in Deep Boreholes.},
author = {Hardin, Ernest and Su, Jiann-Cherng and Cochran, John R. and Peretz, Fred},
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9

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  • Traditional methods cannot be used to handle and emplace radioactive wastes in boreholes up to 16,400 feet (5 km) deep for disposal. This paper describes three systems that can be used for handling and emplacing waste packages in deep borehole: (1) a 2011 reference design that is based on a previous study by Woodward–Clyde in 1983 in which waste packages are assembled into “strings” and lowered using drill pipe; (2) an updated version of the 2011 reference design; and (3) a new concept in which individual waste packages would be lowered to depth using a wireline. Emplacement on coiled tubingmore » was also considered, but not developed in detail. The systems described here are currently designed for U.S. Department of Energy-owned high-level waste (HLW) including the Cesium- 137/Strontium-90 capsules from the Hanford Facility and bulk granular HLW from fuel processing in Idaho.« less
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  • The Basalt Waste Isolation Project's (BWIP) Waste Package Program has been developed as part of the US Department of Energy's National Waste Terminal Storage Program. The BWIP Waste Package Program is to provide a focal point for the selection of materials and the development of designs for site-specific, multiple-barrier assemblages for spent fuel and processed high-level waste disposal in basalt. The results of a joint effort among the BWIP, Westinghouse-Advanced Energy Systems Division, Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation, and Kaiser Engineers, Inc./Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Inc. to develop conceptual designs for waste packages to be emplaced in a repositorymore » located in basalt are reported. During Fiscal Year 1982, practical designs for commercial and defense high-level waste and circular bundles of spent fuel rods from three pressurized water reactor assemblies or seven boiling water reactor assemblies were developed on the basis of cost effectiveness. Each of the designs is based upon environmental and regulatory performance factors that were used in developing the package design criteria. The reference conceptual design, based on site-specific environmental conditions, consists of a waste form contained by a low carbon steel canister which is then surrounded by a backfill mixture of bentonite clay and crushed basalt. The conceptual waste packages have been utilized by the BWIP in updating the conceptual design of a nuclear waste repository in basalt and, thus, have been fully integrated into the engineered repository structure. 4 references, 3 figures, 2 tables.« less