Initial dissolution rate of a Japanese simulated high-level waste glass P0798 as a function of pH and temperature measured by using micro-channel flow-through test method

Yaohiro Inagaki, Hikaru Makigaki, Kazuya Idemitsu, Tatsumi Arima, Sei Ichiro Mitsui, Kenji Noshita

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Aqueous dissolution tests were performed for a Japanese type of simulated high-level waste (HLW) glass P0798 by using a newly developed test method of micro-channel flow-through (MCFT) method, and the initial dissolution rate of glass matrix, r0, was measured as a function of solution pH (3-11) and temperature (25-908C) precisely and consistently for systematic evaluation of the dissolution kinetics. The MCFT method using a micro-channel reactor with a coupon shaped glass specimen has the following features to provide precise and consistent data on the glass dissolution rate: (1) any controlled constant solution condition can be provided over the test duration; (2) the glass surface area actually reacting with solution can be determined accurately; and (3) direct and totally quantitative analyses of the reacted glass surface can be performed for confirming consistency of the test results. The present test results indicated that the r0 shows a "V-shaped" pH dependence with a minimumat around pH 6 at 258C, but it changes to a "U-shaped" one with a flat bottom at neutral pH at elevated temperatures of up to 908C. The present results also indicated that the r0 increases with temperature according to an Arrhenius law at any pH, and the apparent activation energy evaluated from Arrhenius relation increases with pH from 54 kJ/mol at pH 3 to 76 kJ/mol at pH 10, which suggests that the dissolution mechanism changes depending on pH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-449
Number of pages12
Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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