EGU21-16149, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Leaching behavior of cementitious material immobilizing Cs-containing B-10 enriched boric acid waste

Emanuel Nkotya1, Mojtaba Rostamiparsa1, Csaba Szabó1, Zsuzsanna Szabó-Krausz1,2, and Péter Völgyesi3
Emanuel Nkotya et al.
  • 1Lithosphere Fluid Research Lab, Department of Petrology and Geochemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2MTA Premium Post doctorate Research Program, Budapest, Hungary
  • 3Center for Energy Research, Budapest, Hungary

Recently, boric acid enriched in B-10 has received attention over natural boric acid in nuclear industry, because the elevated content of B-10 is a prospective neutron absorber. Advantages connected to the use of B-10 enriched boric acid are the increased controllability of reactor core which results in use of reduced amount of boric acid and, subsequently, the reduction in the amount of the radioactive boric acid waste produced during reactor operation. In the other hand, consequent radioactive boric acid waste requires an adequate stabilization technology as it contains fission products of health concerns, importantly Cs-137. Cementation is one of the proven, commercially viable, durable, widely used, simple and flexible technology for immobilization of low-level radioactive wastes (Hyatt and Ojovan, 2019). General integrity and durability of the cementitious waste form containing boric acid is B-leachability dependent (Rostamiparsa et al, 2020). The B-10 enriched boric acid leaching is expected to control also the Cs-leaching. However, no study is found in which this is proven and the different geochemical behavior and phase distribution of the B and Cs might cause deviations. This calls for the investigation of the connection between B- and Cs-leaching behaviors in cementitious materials, in this case, especially focusing on B-10 enriched boric acid waste form. In this ongoing experimental work the B- and Cs-leaching behavior of cementitious materials are studied, which are made of Portland cement, boric acid enriched in B-10 isotope and CsCl. Boron- and Cs-leachability from the cementitious matrix are investigated in parallel by a standardized reference leaching test (ASTM, 2017). The tests are carried out by immersing the 28 days cured cement paste samples in deionized water in a glass bottle. Leachant renewal and solution sampling are done on a daily basis for the whole leaching test period of 11 days. Analysis of leached fractions are quantitatively measured by ICP-OES. Characterization of solid samples are conducted by XRD, SEM-EDX and Raman micro-spectroscopy methods. This is the first study to shed light on the connection between B-leaching and Cs-leaching in cementitious materials containing B-10 enriched boric acid.


Our special thanks goes to Környezettudományi Centrum, Eötvös Loránd University and the Prémium_2017-13 research grant.


ASTM (2017). Standard Test Method for Accelerated Leach Test for Diffusive Releases From        Solidified Waste and a Computer Program to Model Diffusive, Fractional Leaching from Cylindrical Waste Forms. ASTM Standard C1308-08(2017), West Conshohocken, PA.

Hyatt, N.C & Ojovan, M.I. (2019). Special Issue: Materials for Nuclear Waste Immobilization. Materials, 12(21), 3611.

Rostamiparsa, M., Szabó-Krausz, Z., Fábián, M., Falus, G., Szabó, C., & Völgyesi, P. (2020). Experimental assessment of interaction between boric acid enriched in boron-10 and cementitious matrix. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (p. 19441).

How to cite: Nkotya, E., Rostamiparsa, M., Szabó, C., Szabó-Krausz, Z., and Völgyesi, P.: Leaching behavior of cementitious material immobilizing Cs-containing B-10 enriched boric acid waste, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-16149,, 2021.

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