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Studies of Ancient Glasses Have Potential to Inform DOE’s Nuclear Waste Disposition Alternatives
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Studies of Ancient Glasses Have Potential to Inform DOE’s Nuclear Waste Disposition Alternatives
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are studying pieces of ancient glass that were recently retrieved from two 1,800-year-old shipwrecks and ruins to assist in research efforts for safely storing nuclear waste. One way to store HLW safely is to turn it into durable glass through a process called vitrification. Glass dissolves slowly and it is difficult to understand changes that happen over thousands or even a million years. Unlocking the mechanisms of glass corrosion behavior has significant implications on DOE’s current vitrification methods and storage of nuclear waste.
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