Date: July 1991
Creator: Wronkiewicz, D. J.; Bates, John K.; Gerding, Thomas J.; Veleckis, Ewald; Tani, B. & Hoh, J. C.
Description: A set of experiments, based on the application of the Unsaturated Test method to the reaction of uranium dioxide with EJ-13 water, has been conducted over a period of 182.5 weeks. One half of the experiments have been terminated, while one half are still ongoing. Solutions that have dripped from uranium dioxide specimens have been analyzed for all experiments, while the reacted uranium dioxide surfaces have been examined for only the terminated experiments. A pulse of uranium release from the uranium dioxide solid, in conjunction with the formation of dehydrated schoepite on the surface of the uranium dioxide, was observed during the 39- to 96-week period. Thereafter, the uranium release decreased and a second set of secondary phases was observed. The latter phases incorporate cations from the EJ-13 water and include boltwoodite, uranophane, sklodowskite, compreignacite, and schoepite. The experiments are being continued to monitor for additional changes in solution composition and secondary phase formation, and have now reached the 319-week period.
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