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An application research for near-surface repository of strontium-90 sorption kinetic model on mudrocks

Anwendungsforschung für ein oberflächennahes Endlager mit einem Strontium-90 Sorptionskinetikmodell auf Schlammgestein
Y. Shi, W. Chen, H. Lin, Z. Gao, B. Yang, K. Yang, D. Chen, Z. Wang, Q. Fan, R. Hua, H. Liu and A. Zhang
From the journal Kerntechnik


In this study,90Sr was used as the test radionuclide to characterize the sorption kinetics and effects of initial 90Sr activity and remaining 90Sr in solid concentration were simulated for a near-surface repository. The study focused on the sorption characteristics of radionuclides in unsaturated groundwater environment (or vadose zone) is the important information for investigating the near-surface disposal of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste (ILLW). Moreover, the 90Sr sorption experiments reached equilibrium within 56 h, which fit to the first order sorption kinetic model, and the remaining 90Sr in mudrock samples showed obvious sorption equilibrium hysteresis, which fit to the second order sorption kinetic model. Before reaching the maximum sorption capacity, the sorption rate constant increases with 90Sr increasing; the distribution coefficient (Kd) of 56 h decreases with the remaining 90Sr decreasing. In addition, it showed that the slow sorption process dominated before the sorption reaches equilibrium. In fact, a reliable safety assessment methodology for on-going near-surface repository required a lot of the radionuclides parameters with local environment including the radionuclides sorption/desorption rate constant and maximum sorption capacity.


In dieser Studie wurde 90Sr als Testradionuklid verwendet, um die Sorptionskinetik zu charakterisieren. Die Auswirkungen der anfänglichen 90Sr-Aktivität und der verbleibenden 90Sr-Konzentration im Feststoff wurden für ein oberflächennahes Endlager simuliert. Die Studie konzentrierte sich auf die Sorptionseigenschaften von Radionukliden in der ungesättigten Grundwasserumgebung (oder vadosen Zone) und liefert wichtige Informationen für die Untersuchung der oberflächennahen Endlagerung mittel- und schwachradioaktiver Abfälle (ILLW). Darüber hinaus erreichten die 90Sr-Sorptionsexperimente innerhalb von 56 Stunden das Gleichgewicht, was dem sorptionskinetischen Modell erster Ordnung entsprach, und das verbleibende 90Sr in den Schlammgesteinsproben zeigte eine offensichtliche Sorptionsgleichgewichtshysterese, was dem sorptionskinetischen Modell zweiter Ordnung entsprach. Vor Erreichen der maximalen Sorptionskapazität steigt die Sorptionsgeschwindigkeitskonstante mit zunehmendem 90Sr; der Verteilungskoeffizient (Kd) von 56 Stunden nimmt mit abnehmendem Rest-90Sr ab. Darüber hinaus zeigte sich, dass der langsame Sorptionsprozess dominiert, bevor die Sorption das Gleichgewicht erreicht. Für eine zuverlässige Methodik zur Sicherheitsbewertung eines laufenden oberflächennahen Endlagers sind viele Parameter der Radionuklide in Verbindung mit der lokalen Umgebung erforderlich, einschließlich der Sorptions-/Desorptionsgeschwindigkeitskonstante und der maximalen Sorptionskapazität der Radionuklide.

Funding statement: This project was major supported by Doctor Initial Financial Project (No. 1410000434), East China University of Technology. The experimental and instrumental analysis of this study was supported by Department of Nuclear Environmental Science, China Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP), Taiyuan, CHINA. The experimental and instrumental analysis of this study was supported by Department of Nuclear Environmental Science, China Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP), Taiyuan, CHINA.


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Received: 2021-08-16
Published Online: 2021-12-17

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