The management of radioactive waste includes mobilisation, processing, packaging, storage, transport and final disposal.
The research in this theme focuses on underpinning science and engineering in three areas of relevance to hazard reduction and decommissioning: removal of radionuclides from effluent; enhanced characterisation and modelling of the behaviour of sludges in the Sellafield ponds and silos; and development and evaluation of new wasteforms.
The aim is to develop an enhanced understanding of the materials, processes and wasteforms used in hazard reduction and decommissioning to underpin new technologies for safe and efficient management of legacy waste.
This theme addresses the UK’s spent nuclear fuel inventory, and the preferred options for disposal. This includes the retrieval of fuel from current storage facilities and the repackaging options available.