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Title: Deteriorated concrete from liner of WIPP waste shaft
Authors: United States. Department of Energy.
Sandia National Laboratories
Wakeley, Lillian D.
Poole, Toy S.
Burkes, J. P.
Keywords: Brine
Portland cement concrete
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
New Mexico
Concrete linings
Underground waste disposal
Radioactive waste disposal
Publisher: Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; SL-92-14.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Samples of a fly-ash concrete were studied after 6 years in service underground. The cores studied represented a construction joint and other areas of exposure to local groundwater. Observed evidence of deterioration, relative to companion cores of nondeteriorated concrete, included softening of the paste fraction, discoloration, an extensive network of microfractures cutting through both paste and aggregates, and crystalline deposits along fractures. In laboratory studies, we sought to determine the causes of these features, by studies of phase composition, chemical composition, and microstructure. X-ray diffraction analyses revealed magnesium chloride hydroxide hydrate, gypsum, and brucite in subsamples that should have been cement paste and along fractures. We attribute the condition of the concrete to chemical alteration by interaction with magnesium-bearing groundwater, which occurs naturally in the service environment.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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