The DISTINCTIVE university consortium : structural integrity

Lunn, Rebecca and Hamilton, Andrea and Pedrotti, Matteo and Bots, Pieter and Wong, Christopher and El Mountassir, Grainne and Renshaw, Joanna and Maddalena, Riccardo and Zhao, Cheng and Sun, Li and Stolkin, Rustam and Fairweather, Michael and Tovey, Lois and Boxall, Colin and Hriljac, Joseph and Hyatt, Neil and Kaltsoyannis, Nikolas and Lee, William and Read, David and Scott, Thomas (2018) The DISTINCTIVE university consortium : structural integrity. In: 44th Annual Waste Management Conference (WM2018). Waste Management Symposia, Inc., Tempe, Arizona, pp. 6195-6209. ISBN 9781510867642

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    Abstract

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored DISTINCTIVE consortium (Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories) is developing technologies for civil infrastructure repair, in-situ subsurface waste immobilisation, and groundwater protection during construction and decommissioning. The consortium has contributed to the development of skilled cross-disciplinary civil engineers and scientists, that have the knowledge and experience required to develop engineering solutions tailored for application within radiologically contaminated sites. The Structural Integrity Theme focuses on challenges ranging from site-scale infrastructure preservation and restoration, through injectable ground barriers for risk mitigation, to the remote characterisation and handling of individual waste packages. The main aim of the theme is to develop novel engineering solutions, tailored for use on radiologically contaminated sites, for: ground protection; infrastructure characterisation; concrete restoration and waste characterisation. Technologies should minimise current, and future, radiation exposure of the workforce whilst providing economically viable engineering solutions.