Surface Tests to Demonstrate the Construction Feasibility of the Belgian Supercontainer
1 EIG EURIDICE, c/o SCK•CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium
2 ONDRAF/NIRAS, Avenue des Arts 14, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
3 Technum-Tractebel Engineering, Avenue Ariane 7, 1200 Brussels, Belgium
The Supercontainer (SC) is a reference concept, adopted by the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials (ONDRAF/NIRAS), for the packaging of high level vitrified radioactive waste (HLW) and spent fuel (SF). The waste package consists of different components all designed to fulfil specific functions. One of these is a carbon steel overpack developed to prevent contact of the waste with the engineered barrier system and the host geological formation during the thermal phase. Another is a concrete buffer and cementitious filler, both developed to provide a high pH environment during at least the thermal phase, which ensures passivation of the overpack and provides radiological shielding during construction and handling of the SC. Finally, the presence of an outer steel envelope serves as a mould for the casting of the outer buffer while providing additional mechanical strength and confinement during transportation and handling of the waste package. As part of the first safety and feasibility case (SFC-1), ONDRAF/NIRAS has to demonstrate that no fundamental flaws exist regarding the feasibility to construct the SC. To this end, ONDRAF/NIRAS established a research programme consisting of desk studies, modelling, theoretical development and experimental testing. The primary objective of the experimental testing programme is to demonstrate the feasibility to construct the SC. This paper describes the test´s setup and design and provides a summary of the main observations obtained during an experimental test performed to evaluate the construction feasibility of the SC.
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