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  • Li, Xiaodong; Meng, Shuo; Puhakka, Eini; Ikonen, Jussi; Liu, Longcheng; Siitari-Kauppi, Marja (2020)
    To determine the diffusion and sorption properties of radionuclides in intact crystalline rocks, a new electromigration device was built and tested by running with I- and Se(IV) ions. By introducing a potentiostat to impose a constant voltage over the studied rock sample, the electromigration device can give more stable and accurate experimental results than those from the traditional electromigration devices. In addition, the variation in the pH of the background electrolytes was minimised by adding a small amount of NaHCO3 as buffers. To interpret the experimental results with more confidence, an advection-dispersion model was also developed in this study, which accounts for the most important mechanisms governing ionic transport in the electromigration experiments. Data analysis of the breakthrough curves by the advection-dispersion model, instead of the traditional ideal plug-flow model, suggest that the effective diffusivities of I- and Se(IV) are (1.15 +/- 0.06) x 10(-13) m(2)/s and (3.50 +/- 0.86) x 10(-14) m(2)/s, respectively. The results also show that I- is more mobile than Se(IV) ions when migrating through the same intact rock sample and that their sorption properties are almost identical.
  • Puukko, Esa; Lehto, Jukka; Lindberg, Antero; Voutilainen, Mikko (2018)
    This study aims to determine upscaling factors for the radionuclides' distribution coefficients (Kd) on crushed rocks to intact rock for the safety analysis of radionuclide migration from spent nuclear fuel in bedrock towards biosphere. Here we report the distribution coefficients for intact rock determined by electromigration sorption experiments and compare the results with those from recently performed batch sorption experiments. In total 34 rock samples, representing three typical rock types from Olkiluoto Finland, were studied in order to determine distribution coefficients, effective diffusion coefficients and porosities using the electromigration sorption experiments, formation factor experiments and porosity measurement. The parameters determined represent the three main parameters of geosphere used in the safety assessment of spent nuclear fuel disposal. The distribution coefficients of cesium and strontium on intact rock varied between (0.12–26.2) × 10−3 m3/kg and (1.4–13.3) × 10−3 m3/kg, respectively, whereas recent results for crushed rock varied between (2–57) × 10−3 m3/kg and (17–40) × 10−3 m3/kg, respectively. This implies that crushing increases the distribution coefficient significantly and upscaling factors from 3 to 33 were determined for scaling the distribution coefficients of crushed rock to ones of intact rock. The determined distribution coefficients of cesium and strontium for intact rock can be directly applied in the safety assessment whereas the upscaling factors can be used to convert distribution coefficients determined for crushed rock into ones for intact rock. Based on the results for porosities and effective diffusion coefficients it was concluded that they do not seem to correlate with sorption parameters. However, an alteration state, heterogeneity and mineral content seem to be important factors affecting the distribution coefficients and upscaling factors.