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Evaluation of Iron-Base Materials for Waste Package Containers in a Salt Repository

  • R. E. Westerman (a1), J. L. Nelson (a1), S. G. Pitman (a1), W. L. Kuhn (a1), S. J. Basham (a2) and D. P. Moak (a2)...


Design studies for high-level nuclear waste packages for salt repositories have identified low-carbon steel as a candidate material for containers. Among the requirements are strength, corrosion resistance, and fabricability. The studies of the corrosion resistance and structural stability of iron-base materials (particularly lowcarbon steel) are treated in this paper. The materials have been exposed in brines that are characteristic of the potential sites for salt repositories. The effects of temperature, radiation level, oxygen level and other parameters are under investigation. The initial development of corrosion models for these environments is presented with discussion of the key mechanisms under consideration.



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1. Rule 10 CFR, Part 60, Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in Geologic Repositories, Federal Register, 48, 120, p. 28217, (1983).
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