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The Sorption of Uranium and Technetium on Bentonite, Tuff and Granodiorite

  • G. M. N. Baston (a1), J. A. Berry (a1), M. Brownsword (a1), M. M. Cowper (a1), T. G. Heath (a1) and C. J. Tweed (a1)...

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A combined experimental and modelling study of the sorption of uranium and technetium on geological materials has been carried out as part of the PNC programme to increase confidence in the performance assessment for a high-level radioactive waste (HLW) repository in Japan. Batch sorption experiments have been performed in order to study the sorption of uranium and technetium onto bentonite, tuff and granodiorite from both equilibrated seawater and de-ionised water under strongly-reducing and non-reducing conditions.

A preliminary study of the sorption of uranium on mineral surfaces in granodiorite has also been undertaken using a nuclear microprobe.

Mathematical modelling using the geochemical speciation program HARPHRQ in conjunction with the HATCHES database has been carried out in order to interpret the results of the sorption experiments.

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The Sorption of Uranium and Technetium on Bentonite, Tuff and Granodiorite

  • G. M. N. Baston (a1), J. A. Berry (a1), M. Brownsword (a1), M. M. Cowper (a1), T. G. Heath (a1) and C. J. Tweed (a1)...

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