Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 18 Sep 2023
Ends 22 Sep 2023
Central European Time
Budinich Lecture Hall (LB)
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)

An ICTP-IAEA Hybrid Meeting

Member States that benefit from the ongoing peaceful uses of nuclear technology need to safely dispose radioactive waste over a defined lifetime. To identify the preferred approach, the decision - making process should be underpinned by assessing the long-term durability of waste packages under storage or disposal conditions. Underpinning the safety case are mathematical models that can predict the degradation of disposed waste packages considering the site-specific conditions, the type of waste form and waste package itself.

Computer codes underpinning the science of degradation modelling of waste forms and waste packages are developed and understood only by a few researchers in this field. Unfortunately the use of such codes in lacking worldwide due to the lack of suitably trained scientists and engineers, national resource and lack of knowledge on the subject matter. This training school is focused on teaching the approach of degradation (durability) modelling of waste packages (e.g., metals, cement, bitumen, glass) under storage or disposal conditions. There is a wide application for this modelling including the development of waste disposal concepts, radiological safety case and environmental impact assessment. This includes the containers used for waste package storage and disposal and their subsequent influence on waste package degradation and management.

The International School on the  Degradation Modelling of Disposed Radioactive Waste forms will include the following topics:
  • Principles of ageing management of waste packages 
  • Degradation of waste packages,  waste form testing and durability determinations and technical support for the safety case
  • Establishing a conceptual degradation (durability) model
  • Hydrologic and geochemical information needed for modelling waste form degradation and assessing environmental impacts
  • Model application and objectives
  • Practical demonstration of modelling codes and modeling approaches
  • Case study examples

V. FREEDMAN, Sealaska, USA
W. MEYER, IAEA-Vienna, Austria
M. OJOVAN, Imperial College, UK

Requirements for interactive practical sessions: Basic knowledge of the theory of degradation of waste forms is recommended. Personal laptop computer would be required.

Research abstract: Applicants are required to submit a research abstract for a poster. Please use the ICTP templates that are available below for download.

Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
Deadline for applicants requesting financial and/or visa support is 30 June 2023; deadline for all other applicants is 31 August 2023.
**DEADLINE: 31/08/2023**


Willie MEYER (IAEA, Austria), Rebecca ROBBINS (IAEA, Austria), Michael OJOVAN (Imperial College, UK), Local Organiser: Nicola Seriani (ICTP)