4th international workshop on long-term prediction of corrosion damage in nuclear waste systems
Workshop: June 28 - July 2, 2010
The intensive industrialisation worldwide requires an everincreasing production of energy. Currently, almost one fifth of the world’s total electricity production arises from nuclear power plants. Besides producing electricity for the benefit of society, nuclear power is also leaving a legacy of dangerous radioactive residues for which a safe long-term solution has to be found to protect the many generations to come.
Among the options considered for dealing with high-level nuclear waste, geological disposal is the one recommended at the international level. Predicting the degradation rate of the metallic barrier in a robust and reliable manner represents one of the greatest scientific and technical challenges currently known to mankind, because its lifetime largely exceeds that of any industrial application. This issue was already explored during three previous sucessfull workshops (Cadarache, France, 2001; Nice,France, 2004 and Pennsylvania State University, USA,2007).
The main objective of the workshop is to bring together scientists and engineers from various countries who are developing high-level nuclear waste disposal technologies, with the goal of promoting scientific and technical exchanges concerning long term behaviour of metallic containment materials and engineered barrier systems.
In particular, the workshop will compare the approaches that are being developed worldwide for predicting long-term corrosion phenomena, including corrosion strategies for interim storage and geological disposal.
This event is a joint organisation of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) and the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials (NIRAS/ONDRAF). The event is also sponsored by the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC): Nuclear Corrosion Working Party (WP4). Moreover, it takes part of the activities of the RILEM Technical Committee “Concrete in the context of the nuclear management” (TC 226-CNM).