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An Introduction to Nuclear Waste Immobilisation Hardcover – September 12, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0080444628 ISBN-10: 0080444628 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science; 1 edition (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080444628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080444628
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,824,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" excellent source of knowledge for undergraduates who require general information on nuclear waste and its immobilisation."
-Dr. John Fernie in MATERIALS WORLD, May 2007

About the Author

Dr Michael I. Ojovan is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Materials Science and Waste Immobilisation at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK.

Professor William E. Lee FREng is Deputy Chair of the Government advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), and Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London, UK.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ojovan and Lee provide a solid introduction to the nature of radioactivity. They include a useful table of radioactive isotopes and their specific activities (pp. 18-20), expressed in terms of Ci/g. They also provide a fair amount of detail on the doses arising from natural background radiation. Various models (e. g., linear) of the carcinogenic effects of radiation are also considered.

The authors focus on environmentally-significant isotopes such as Tritium, Cobalt-60, Strontium-90, and Caesium-137. Various nuclear disasters are discussed, notably the one at Chernobyl.

Waters that are contaminated with radioactive isotopes can be "cleaned" by several methods. Ojovan and Lee focus on chemical methods in their Chapter 14, but do not consider bioremediation methods.

Only the latter portion of the book is actually devoted to the immobilization of radioactive wastes. Radioactive isotopes can be "locked up" in various cements, bituminous materials, vitreous substances, crystalline waste-forms (such as monazite, pyrochlore, Synroc, etc.), various metallic substances, etc. The authors compare different substances as to their efficacy for waste immobilization, and additionally focus on such things as leach rate, radiation-induced damage to the substances, and retention times for wastes.
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