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Title: Near-Surface Engineered Environmental Barrier Integrity

Abstract

The INEEL Environmental Systems Research and Analysis (ESRA) program has launched a new R and D project on Near-Surface Engineered Environmental Barrier Integrity to increase knowledge and capabilities for using engineering and ecological components to improve the integrity of near-surface barriers used to confine contaminants from the public and the environment. The knowledge gained and the capabilities built will help verify the adequacy of past remedial decisions and enable improved solutions for future cleanup decisions. The research is planned to (a) improve the knowledge of degradation mechanisms (weathering, biological, geological, chemical, radiological, and catastrophic) in times shorter than service life, (b) improve modeling of barrier degradation dynamics, (c) develop sensor systems to identify degradation prior to failure, and (d) provide a better basis for developing and testing of new barrier systems to increase reliability and reduce the risk of failure. Our project combine s selected exploratory studies (benchtop and field scale), coupled effects accelerated aging testing and the meso-scale, testing of new monitoring concepts, and modeling of dynamic systems. The performance of evapo-transpiration, capillary, and grout-based barriers will be examined.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
795183
Report Number(s):
INEEL/CON-02-00156
TRN: US0201218
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-99ID13727
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Spectrum 2002, Reno, NV (US), 08/04/2002--08/08/2002; Other Information: PBD: 15 May 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; AGING; MONITORING; PERFORMANCE; RELIABILITY; SERVICE LIFE; TESTING; WEATHERING; BARRIER; CONTAMINANTS; CLEANUP

Citation Formats

Piet, S.J., and Breckenridge, R.P. Near-Surface Engineered Environmental Barrier Integrity. United States: N. p., 2002. Web.
Piet, S.J., & Breckenridge, R.P. Near-Surface Engineered Environmental Barrier Integrity. United States.
Piet, S.J., and Breckenridge, R.P. 2002. "Near-Surface Engineered Environmental Barrier Integrity". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/795183.
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