Waste Packaging and Storage

Webinar Date: Thursday 15th September 2016, 12:00-13:00. Email phdbursary@nnl.co.uk to register.


Click on this link to view the slides that go with this webinar. 


The NDA is requesting applications to its bursary scheme, to support the NDA mission to deliver safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of decommissioning and clean-up of the UK's civil nuclear legacy. This year, up to £500,000 is available and Universities and Research Institutes are invited to make proposals in the a number of areas. This page provides details about the Waste Packaging and Storage theme.

Waste Packaging and Storage

  1. Development of in-cell technologies that will allow us to monitor the necessary functional performance and contents of metallic and concrete waste containers and waste packages during long-term storage (eg chloride deposition, condensation events, container corrosion, package dimensional stability and stress measurement, wasteform degradation, gas evolution and pressurisation monitoring).

  2. Studies to underpin the performance of non-stainless steel metallic containers (eg carbon steels, cast irons) during long-term storage, and the effectiveness of coatings under conditions of storage, up to a period of 500 years.

  3. Developments of methods to more efficiently apply the waste hierarchy principles of reuse and recycle.  This may include efficient methods of sorting and segregation of wastes, decontamination, and reuse or recycling processes.

  4. Typically consider contaminated waste materials such as metals, concrete and soil.

  5. Development of alternative treatment technologies that offer improvements in feed envelope, process control, volume reduction or wasteform stability over the existing baseline technology of OPC based cement encapsulation. This may include:

    - Performance assessment of non-cementitious products.
    - Problematic wastes or wastes where an optimised solution has yet to be identified such as organic wastes e.g. oils, decontaminants etc.
    - Small volume wastes which may benefit from incorporation into existing processes or from small, mobile processing options.

  6. Studies on the rate of release of tritium from solid waste under ambient conditions, and the factors that influence it.

Details and Further Information

Funding will be available to UK academic institutions for PhD projects and to SMEs seeking ‘top-up’ funding for CASE awards and EngDocs in relevant areas. Only project proposals with a total cost to NDA of less than £100,000 will be considered (excluding cost of any collaboration with US research organisations). Eligible projects will include PhD projects involving universities or subcontractors where the bursary is used as a grant top-up in order to access national facilities for research involving the handling of radioactive materials.

To comply with the Government's protective security procedures all employees/contractors will be subject to an Industry Assurance check and a level of National Security vetting. Proposals will be assessed by a group of nuclear industry specialists. Contractual arrangements will be administered by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) on behalf of the NDA.

Proposals must be submitted via https://ndaphdbursaryapplications.co.uk by 15:00 on the Friday 21st October 2016.

Further information on the scheme the assessment criteria and selection process is also available by contacting the administrator:

Dr Mark Bankhead