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102-0337-00L  Landfilling, Contaminated Sites and Radioactive Waste Repositories

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersW. Hummel, M. Plötze
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractPractices of landfilling and remediation of contaminated sites and disposal of radioactive waste are based on the same concepts that aim to protect the environment. The assessment of contaminants that may leach into the environment as a function of time and how to reduce the rate of their release is key to the design of chemical, technical and geological barriers.
ObjectiveUpon successful completion of this course students are able to:
- assess the risk posed to the environment of landfills, contaminated sites and radioactive waste repositories in terms of fate and transport of contaminants
- describe technologies available to minimize environmental contamination
- describe the principles in handling of contaminated sites and to propose and evaluate suitable remediation techniques
- explain the concepts that underlie radioactive waste disposal practices
ContentThis lecture course comprises of lectures with exercises and guided case studies.
- A short overview of the principles of environmental protection in waste management and how this is applied in legislation.
- A overview of the chemistry underlying the release and transport of contaminants from the landfilled/contaminated material/radioactive waste repository focusing on processes that control redox state and pH buffer capacity; mobility of heavy metals and organic compounds
- Technical barrier design and function. Clay as a barrier.
- Contaminated site remediation: Site evaluation, remediation technologies
- Concepts and safety in radioactive waste management
- Role of the geological and engineered barriers and radionuclide transport in geological media.
Lecture notesShort script plus copies of overheads
LiteratureLiterature will be made available.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis is an interdisciplinary course aimed at environmental scientists and environmental engineers.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersW. Hummel, M. Plötze
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe project work contributes 25% and the oral examination 75% to the final grade, provided that the grade of the oral examination is 4.0 (pass) or better. Otherwise, only the oral examination gives the final grade.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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102-0337-00 GLandfilling, Contaminated Sites and Radioactive Waste Repositories Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
2 hrs
Wed13-15HPT C 103 »
W. Hummel, M. Plötze


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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