Description: An investigation was conducted to predict from thermodynamic data the nature of the solid phases and solution species in various weathering environments of different elements (Am, Sb, Ce, Cs, Co, Cm, Eu, I, Np, Pu, Pm, Ra, Ru, Sr, Tc, T, U, and Zr) that are present in radioactive wastes, to predict the degree of adsorption of different elements by the solid matrices and to compare these predictions with observed results, and to determine the influence of different factors (such as Ph, Eh, complexing ligands) on total pore-water concentration and the nature of solution species of selected elements. Based on the nature of the predominant solution species, qualitative predictions regarding the adsorption and movement of various elements can be made. Soils and sediments mainly show cation exchange capacities (since these materials carry a large net negative charge) and to a limited extent, anion exchange capacities. Thus, most cations migrate through the soil or rock column at speeds slower than the groundwater. Relative to each other, the trivalent cations generally move the slowest, the divalent cations at intermediate velocities and the monovalent cations most rapidly. Tritium is unique in that it readily substitutes for hydrogen in water and migrates, therefore, at the same velocity as water. The simple anions tend to migrate through soils and rocks with little reaction because usually a pH of less than 4 is required to activate a significant soil anion exchange capacity. The migration and retention of inorganic complex species (mononuclear and polynuclear) would also be dependent upon the charge and size of the species. The behavior of organic complexed species of elements is difficult to predict because of the lack of knowledge regarding the exact nature of the organic ligands, a wide variation in amounts and types of organic ligands, and the size and solubility ...
Date: March 1, 1978
Creator: Rai, D. & Serne, R.J.
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