School of Geological Disposal –
Basis for developing safe geological disposal
Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, Sweden
Oct. 14-18, 2019
SKB International and SKB are delighted to once again offer a scientific training course covering important issues governing a national nuclear waste disposal programme. The course from last year has been slightly updated based on last year’s experiences and feedback.
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, waste treatment, geological alternatives (Crystalline/clay/salt), direct disposal vs. processed/treated waste, etc.
- The KBS-method
- Safety assessment fundamentals.
- Waste matrix, criteria and inventory
- Geological barrier
- Site Descriptive Modelling (SDM)
- Engineered barrier systems (EBS)
- Biosphere and climate
- Siting processes:
- Site investigation: techniques and measurements, detailed field- and laboratory experiments
- Public relations and social responsibilities – Experiences from success and failures
- Stepwise licensing of repositories in Sweden
- Interaction between implementer and regulator;
- RD&D programme
- Future plans
- Social Aspects of Nuclear Waste Disposal
- International outlook
- Central Interim Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel – Clab
- Canister Laboratory
- Äspö Research Village; Chemistry laboratory, Multi purpose test facility, Material science laboratory and Hard Rock Laboratory (URL)