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TRIGA Soil Decontamination by Electrokinetic Method

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Gye-Nam Kim, Won-Zin Oh, Hui-Jun Won, Min-Gil Kim

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, South Korea

Paper No. ICEM2003-4711, pp. 1491-1497; 7 pages
  • ASME 2003 9th International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation
  • 9th ASME International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation: Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  • Oxford, England, September 21–25, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3732-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3731-9
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The experiment for removing cesium and cobalt from the contaminated soil around the TRIGA reactor in Korea using the electrokinetic method were conducted. To increase removal efficiency by the electrokinetic method, a device to restrain the pH increase in the soil column was suggested. An acetate buffer solution (CH3 COONa+CH3 COOH) was injected into the soil column and acetic acid periodically was injected into the cathode reservoir to restrain any pH increase. Many 137 Cs and 60 Co were transferred by electromigration rather than electroomosis during the intial remediation period, and no precipitate was formed in the soil column. 25% of cesium radioactivity in the soil column was removed after 10 days, while 94% of cobalt radioactivity was removed. Furthermore, the remaining radioactive concentrations predicted by the developed numerical model were similar to those obtained by experiment.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Decontamination , Soil



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