MIZS11 - Radioactive Waste Management

Course specification
Course titleRadioactive Waste Management
Study programmeEnviromental Engineering
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
    ConditionОблик условљености
    The goalThe syllabus offer possibilities for student to learn abut sources, classification, processing, safe storage and disposal of radioactive waste, as well as with international initiatives and framework for radioactive waste management. Important aspects are impact of radioactive waste to human health, environment and public perception of these topics.
    The outcomeBy following these course students become capable to appreciate different sources of radioactive waste, methods for processing, storage, disposal depending on type and characteristics of waste. Further, student become familiar with basic principles of radioactive waste management, with a goal to control and minimise risk for population and environment. Also, knowledge on how to perform risk assessment and how to estimate radiological implications of radioactive waste using practical knowledge and lessons learned from previous radiological accidents are offered.
    Contents of lecturesIntroduction: Definition of radioactive waste, sources and types of radioactive waste. Basic principles of radioactive waste management: Protection of population and environment, control of burden for future generations, regulatory framework. Control of radioactive waste generation, independence of generation and waste management. Radiation safety. Classification of radioactive waste: types of waste, characterisation, release of effluents in the environment. Critical groups, models of exposure and dose assessment. International initiatives for radioactive waste management: role and importance of international organisations, regulatory control. Phases in radioactive waste management: pre-treatment ( segregation, chemical adjustment, decontaminations), treatment (volume reduction, change of composition, radionuclide removal), conditioning (immobilisation, packaging), transport, storage. Risk control and monitoring: methods of monitoring, activity estimation, case studies. Radioactive waste disposal. Control of population radiation exposure: sources, communication to population, public perception.
    Contents of exercisesPracticals and demonstrations: visit to storage in Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, visits to nuclear medicine departments in hospitals, dose assessment, atmospheric dispersion calculation for gaseous and liquid effluents.
    1. J. Shapiro, Radiation Protection, Harvard University Press, 2002
    2. J. Martin, C. Lee, Principles of Radiological Health and Safety, Wiley-Interscience, 2003
    3. J. Martin, Physics for Radiation Protection, Wiley-VCH, 2004
    4. International Atomic Energy Agency, The Principles of Radioactive Waste Management, IAEA Safety Series No 111-F, IAEA, Vienna, 1995
    5. International Atomic Energy Agency, Classification of Radioactive Waste, IAEA Safety Series No 111-G-1.1, IAEA, Vienna, 1994
    6. International Atomic Energy Agency, Decommissioning of Small Medical, Industrial and Research facilities, Technical Report Series No 414, IAEA, Vienna, 2003
    7. International Atomic Energy Agency, Scientific and Technical Basis for the Near Surface Disposal of Low and Intermediate Level Waste, Technical Report Series No 412, IAEA, Vienna, 2002
    8. International Atomic Energy Agency, Scientific and Technical Basis for the Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Technical Report Series No 413, IAEA, Vienna, 2003
    9. International Atomic Energy Agency, Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, Fourth Edition, Training Course Series 1, IAEA, Vienna, 2006
    10. International Atomic Energy Agency, Strategy and Methodology for Radioactive Waste Characterization, IAEA TECDOC-1537, IAEA, Vienna, 2007
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
    Methods of teachingTheoretical lectures, practical lectures, laboratory work, demonstrations, homework
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
    Activites during lecturesTest paper30
    Practical lessonsOral examination