Authors:I. Plećaš, A. Perić, J. Drljača, and A. Kostadinović
An optimization of mortar (as matrix), improved with bentonite clay, used for immobilization of radionuclides60Co,137Cs,85Sr and54Mn, is presented. A relatively simple mathematical model is given, which permits minimization of leach rate and permeability and maximization of compressive strength. An optimal solution, based on experimental data, is given. These results will be used for a future Yugoslav radioactive waste storing center.
Transport phenomena involved in the leaching of a radioactive material from a concrete composite matrix into surrounding water are investigated using three methods based on theoretical equations. These are: a diffusion equation derived for a plane source model, a rate equation for diffusion coupled with a first-order reaction and an empirical method employing a polynomial equation. The results are compared with respect to their applicability to the 137Cs leaching data. The results presented in this paper are part of those obtained in a 25-year mortar and concrete testing project which will influence the design of radioactive waste management for a future Serbian radioactive waste disposal center.
It is increasingly important that chemistry reaches people who have not studied directly this field of science but that, daily, have practices where chemistry is involved in various extents. This is what happens, for instance, in the activities related with the study and the preservation of cultural heritage. In this sense, the present work is a short review of the particular case of techniques based on the thermal analysis and calorimetry applied within the context of the characterization of art and archeological objects, exemplified by various case studies, as the characterization of mortars, preparatory grounds, ancient painting materials and drying oils.
The boat imprint unearthed at the site of the Benedictine abbey from Bizere (Frumuşeni, Romania) is a unique discovery for two reasons: its preservation as a negative imprint, due to its reuse for preparing mortar, and its dating back to the 12th century, based on the context of its discovery. It has been identified as a logboat, due to the absence of any technical details specific for plank boats, and now stands as the only vessel of this type with known dating for the territory of Romania. The article also enquires into the wider historical context of the discovery, thus bringing forth the archival data available with regard to medieval inland navigation.
The research excavations in Brigetio at Komárom/Szőny–Vásártér between 1992–2014 unearthed a part of the civil town (municipium) with domestic buildings and workshops with several construction phases from the end of the 1st century AD to the second half of the 3rd century AD. Best preserved are the ruins from the Severan era which offer us an insight into the building techniques of the age: adobe walls with stone foundations, mortar floors, hypocaust heating systems, ceilings and vaulted ceilings, roofs covered with ceramic roof tiles, stair cases, door and window openings and wells.
Leach characteristics of 54Mn and 85Sr radionuclides from ordinary Portland cement have been studied using International Atomic Energy’s (IAEA) standard leach method. The retardation factors, KF, and coefficients of distribution, kd, have been determined using a simplified mathematical model for analyzing the migration of radionuclides. The lowest leaching values after 60 days were achieved in samples with 5% of vermiculite. Results presented in this paper are the examples of results obtained in a 10 year mortar and concrete testing project, which will influence the design of the engineered trench system for a future central Serbian radioactive waste storage center.
Authors:Barbara Pacewska, I. Wilińska, M. Bukowska, G. Blonkowski, and Wiesława Nocuń-Wczelik
The so-called pozzolanic activity of waste catalysts from fluidised cracking was investigated. For this purpose a series of
cement mixtures with this waste material were prepared and subsequently the pastes and mortars were produced. Waste aluminosilicate
catalyst was used both in raw form and after grinding in a ball mill for 60 min. The hydrating mixtures were subjected to
the calorimetric measurements in a non-isothermal/non-adiabatic calorimeter. After an appointed time of curing the hydrating
materials were studied by thermal analysis methods (TG, DTG, DTA). The pozzolanic activity factors were determined, basing
on the compressive strength data. The increased activity of cement — ground pozzolana systems has been thus proved. An accelerated
Ca(OH)2 consumption as well as higher strength were found for materials containing ground waste catalyst, as compared to those, mixed
with the raw one. Thus grinding was also proved to result in mechanical activation in the case of the waste catalyst from
Authors:F. De Corte, S. Hossain, D. Vandenberghe, and P. Van den Haute
It was demonstrated that for the determination of the annual radiation dose for use in luminescence dating of sediments, one
should be aware of possible material inhomogeneities when applying analysis methods (such as k0-INAA) with sample intakes of the order of the gram (to be compared with Ge gamma-ray spectrometry in cylindrical or Marinelli
geometry, the latter involving ∼1.5 kg material). Moreover, when trying to remove the inhomogeneity, care should be taken
to avoid contamination of the elements investigated, especially in the case of low (K, Th, U)-content sand with a considerable
abrasive action (such as the Ossendrecht coversand dealt with in the present work). Whereas contamination was indeed shown
to happen when grinding the material in a porcelain mortar, a satisfactory technique proved to be agate-ball milling.
Authors:I. Plećaš, A Perić, J. Drljača, and A. Kostadinović
To assess the safety of disposal of a radioactive waste-cement composite, the leaching of137Cs from a waste composite into a surrounding fluid has been studied. Leaching tests were carried out in accordance with a method recommended by IAEA.1 The leachability was measured as a function of bentonite clay to cement ratio. The fraction of137-Cs leached from a specimen of Portland cement is 0.03–0.13 at a leaching time of 400 d. Results presented in this paper are examples of data obtained in a 10 y mortar and concrete testing project, which will influence the design of the engineered trench system for a future Yugoslav radioactive waste storage center.2,3
Authors:A. Bakolas, E. Aggelakopoulou, and A. Moropoulou
Ceramic powder has been used as an artificial pozzolanic addition, in preparing pozzolanic mortars for the historic/traditional
structures’ construction. In order to evaluate the pozzolanic activity of ceramic powder, several pastes were prepared, by
mixing it with hydrated lime, in different ratios. The pastes were stored in standard conditions (RH=99±1%, T=25±1°C) and evaluated using thermal analysis (DTA/TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), compressive strength tests and mercury intrusion
porosimetry (MIP), in time. The obtained results revealed that the compounds formed were CSH and C4ACH11 (monocarboaluminate) after 270 days of curing. The calcium hydroxide consumption increases as the initial amount of the ceramic
powder in the paste augments. The maximum strength development is obtained for ceramic powder/hydrated lime ratio 3:1.