Waste Isolation Performance Assessment — A Status Report

  • H. C. Burkholder
Part of the Advances in Nuclear Science & Technology book series (ANST)


The assessment of system performance following emplacement of the waste is a key activity in the development of nuclear waste isolation systems. The assessment results provide a technical basis for decisions concerning site selection, repository design, package design, and system acceptability, and they bear directly on the central issue of nuclear waste isolation, “Do the proposed isolation systems sufficiently protect humans from the waste?” The objec-tive of this paper is to describe the performance assessment problem, outline general approaches to its solution, and describe the status of the development, verification, and application of performance assessment technology. The objective of nuclear waste isolation performance assessment is to evaluate the effectiveness of nuclear waste isolation systems in preventing adverse radiological effects to present and future humans and their environments.


Performance Assessment Isolation System Waste Form Waste Package Shaft Seal 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Burkholder
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  1. 1.Office of Nuclear Waste IsolationBattelle Memorial InstituteUSA

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