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Aging Studies of Pu-238 and -239 Containing Calcium Phosphate Ceramic Waste-forms

  • Shirley K. Fong (a1), Brian L. Metcalfe (a1), Randall D. Scheele (a2) and Denis M. Strachan (a2)

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A calcium phosphate ceramic waste-form has been developed at AWE for the immobilisation of chloride containing wastes arising from the pyrochemical reprocessing of plutonium. In order to determine the long term durability of the waste-form, aging trials have been carried out at PNNL. Ceramics were prepared using Pu-239 and -238, these were characterised by PXRD at regular intervals and Single Pass Flow Through (SPFT) tests after approximately 5 yrs.

While XRD indicated some loss of crystallinity in the Pu-238 samples after exposure to 2.8 x 1018 α decays, SPFT tests indicated that accelerated aging had not had a detrimental effect on the durability of Pu-238 samples compared to Pu-239 waste-forms.

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Aging Studies of Pu-238 and -239 Containing Calcium Phosphate Ceramic Waste-forms

  • Shirley K. Fong (a1), Brian L. Metcalfe (a1), Randall D. Scheele (a2) and Denis M. Strachan (a2)

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