Effect of ionizing radiation on moist air systems
The radiation chemistry of nitrogen/oxygen/water systems is reviewed. General radiolytic effects in dry nitrogen/oxygen systems are relatively well characterized. Irradiation results in the formation of steady state concentrations of ozone, nitrous oxide and nitrogen dioxide. In closed systems, the concentration observed depends on the total dose, temperature and initial gas composition. Only three studies have been published that focus on the radiation chemistry of nitrogen/oxygen/water homogeneous gas systems. Mixed phase work that is relevant to the gaseous system is also summarized. The presence of water vapor results in the formation of nitric acid and significantly changes the chemistry observed in dry air systems. Mechanistic evidence from the studies reviewed are summarized and discussed in relation to characterizing the gas phase during the containment period of a repository in tuff.
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- Conference: Materials Research Society fall meeting, Boston, MA (United States), 1-4 Dec 1987; Other Information: PBD: 1987
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- Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
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- United States
- 05 NUCLEAR FUELS; 40 CHEMISTRY; AIR; RADIATION CHEMISTRY; NITROGEN; RADIOLYSIS; OXYGEN; MOISTURE; WATER VAPOR; Yucca Mountain Project
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