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Glass/Water Reaction with and without Bentonite Present - Experiment and Model

  • B. Grambow (a1), H. P. Hermansson (a2), I. K. Björner (a2) and L. Werme (a3)


In nuclear waste repository design bentonite has been included as part of the backfill for its sorbtive capacity and low water permeability. Nevertheless, it cannot keep the waste form dry once intrusion of groundwater has occured [1]. Leach experiments [2], [3] with the radioactive nuclear waste form borosilicate glass JSS-A have been performed with and without bentonite present to provide a database which allows the long term stability of the glass in aqueous environment to be forecasted and the chemical effects of bentonite to be studied.



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