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Hydrolysis of R7T7 Nuclear Waste Glass in Dilute Media: Mechanisms and Rate as a function of Ph

  • T. Advocat (a1), J. L. Crovisier (a2), E. Vernaz (a1), G. Ehret (a2) and H. Charpentier (a3)...

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R7T7 nuclear waste glass dissolution in highly dilute aqueous media under static conditions at 90°C occurs according to two different mechanisms depending on the solution acidity. In acid media (pH 4.8 and 5.5), preferential extraction of glass network modifiers results in the formation of an alkali metal-depleted surface region on which amorphous and crystallized (phosphate) compounds rich in transition elements precipitate. Steady-state dissolution conditions are not reached, as attested by variable normalized SI, B and Na mass losses. Glass dissolution is stoichiometric in basic media (pH 7 to 10): the strong bonds of the silicated network are broken at a rate that increases with the pH: the glass dissolution rate increases by a factor of 15 between pH 7 and 10. Under these conditions, alteration products at the glass/solution interface do not constitute a short-term kinetic barrier against the release of the major glass components.

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