The underground disposal of radioactive wastes involves a series of barriers, both natural and engineered, between the waste and the surface. Achieving this multi-barrier concept is fundamental to all disposal programmes and the long-term containment of radioactive waste.
Understanding gas generation and migration is crucial in the quantitative assessment of repositories and is the focus of this international, multidisciplinary project.
FORGE contributors include radioactive waste management organisations, regulators and academia (see Participants) who together propose to research the following key areas:
- Impact of gas migration on repository infrastructure and engineering performance
- New models to describe the mechanisms and processes governing gas, water and radionuclide movement in repository components
- New insights into the engineered barrier systems (EBS) properties, engineered disturbed zone (EDZ) behaviour, far field interactions, gas generation and up-scaling
The FORGE project is committed to continuing professional development and training.