29 October 2017 to 3 November 2017
Australia/Sydney timezone

Ambient-Cured Geopolymers for Low Level Nuclear Waste Storage

31 Oct 2017, 17:00
Oral Presentation National and international collaborative waste management programs Radiation Damage


Ms Isadora Borba da Busch (UNSW Sydney)


Radioactive materials are used for several key applications in Australia, and resultantly, ~4248 m3 of low level and 656 m3 of intermediate level waste are currently stored on site. The present work investigates the development of an ambient-cured geopolymer composition for storage of low level radioactive wastes. These geopolymers were fabricated by ambient curing of mixtures of fly ash and blast furnace slag with an alkaline activator. Samples were fabricated both with sand (mortar) and without sand (paste). The cured compositions (25x25x25 mm3 cubes showed high compressive strengths of ~100 MPa. Microstructural and mineralogical characterisation was conducted using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The samples will be subjected to gamma irradiation to simulate exposure from incorporated Cs-137 for a few hundred years at ANSTO. Samples will be removed at different time points (1-12 months) and microstructural and mechanical testing will be done to assess its stability.

Primary author

Ms Isadora Borba da Busch (UNSW Sydney)


Prof. Charles C Sorrell (UNSW Sydney) Dr Daniel Gregg (ANSTO) Dr Eric Lou Vance (ANSTO) Dr Pramod Koshy (UNSW Sydney) Dr Supphatuch Ukritnukun (UNSW Sydney)

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