School of Geological Disposal
Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, Sweden
Oct. 22-26, 2018
SKB International and SKB have the honour to present a scientific training course covering issues governing a national geological waste disposal programme. Based on the experiences gained by SKB over 40 years the course will present how a successful programme can be planned and executed through a strategic and graded approach from an early safety prediction via detailed understanding of processes, research achievements and gain in correctly defined targets will lead to a communicative safety case based on a solid and well defined safety assessment.
You are hereby invited to participate in a five-day training course at the beautiful Äspö Research Village, in the Oskarshamn archipelago.
The overall objective of the training course is to provide participants with an understanding on how to acquire the relevant knowledge needed to start or proceed in the development of a safety case and safety assessment for a geological nuclear waste disposal facility.
The course is given by senior experts from SKB, many with world renowned reputation in their field, and will cover the relevant topics for geological disposal of nuclear waste. The course programme will launch from the fundamentals of safety assessment and its defined safety functions. We will present SKB’s experiences and knowledge based on selective research, successful experiments confirming assumptions and share experiences gained from failures.
The lectures and discussions will provide extensive, profound information coupled to cutting edge applications when applicable.
We aim to transfer theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the course participants efficiently and effectively all in an informal and inclusive atmosphere encouraging open discussions and networking.
Attendants will obtain course material (English), information material about SKB, and general information on Oskarshamn such as map, tourist information, etc during the welcome reception to further enhance the positive experience of the course.
- General introduction and roadmap of the School of Geological Disposal.
- Introduction of the back-end of the fuel cycle; International requirements, waste categories (WAC), waste treatment, geological alternatives (Crystalline/clay/salt), direct disposal vs. processed/treated waste, etc.
- The KBS-method and safety analyses.
- Spent fuel characteristics of importance for the long-term safety of a geological repository
- Engineered barrier systems (EBS)
- Canister, criteria and requirements
- Buffer and backfill; criteria and requirements
- Petrology, mineralogy and plate tectonics
- Quaternary geology
- Structure geology – from data collection to modelling
- Siting processes:
- Site investigation: techniques and measurements, detailed field- and laboratory experiments
- Public relations and social responsibilities – Experiences from success and failures
- Transportation system and security issues, non-proliferation perspectives
- Interaction between implementer and regulator;
- RD&D programme
- Experience from Environmental court hearings
- Social Aspects of Nuclear Waste Disposal
- Central Interim Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel – Clab
- Canister Laboratory and Instrument workshop
- Äspö Research Village; Chemistry lab., Bentonite lab. & Hard Rock Laboratory (URL)