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Module Title LM Processing, Storage & Disposal of Nuclear Waste
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 24872
Module Lead Alan Herbert
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description This module seeks to provide the theoretical and applied knowledge base that will underpin a student’s potential future professional activity in this field. The module syllabus will include: waste forms and classification; waste processing and treatment; encapsulation methods and technologies; waste management and storage; geological disposal. These topics will be illustrated by case studies throughout and student learning will be underpinned by problem-solving exercises based on these case studies.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of: types and sources of radioactive waste and associated hazards; classification of wastes; processing, storage and management of nuclear waste;environmental impacts of nuclear waste management; legislation & policy; site investigation methods;
  • Perform waste inventory calculations;
  • Apply to specific projects/case studies knowledge & understanding of: hazard identification and reduction; relevant legislation and policy;
  • Apply knowledge & understanding waste processing, treatment and encapsulation technologies and waste management strategies to specific projects/case studies;
  • Understand the case for geological disposal of nuclear waste and the multi barrier approach to the construction of a post closure safety case;
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the applicability of a variety of computational chemistry simulation codes to the modelling of nuclear fuels and waste encapsulation matrices;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, numeracy and ICT skills.
Assessment 24872-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (80%)
24872-02 : Assessed problems : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Class Test (20%); 2 hours Examination (80%)
Other None
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