Preliminary Analyses of the Deep Geoenvironmental Characteristics for the Deep Borehole Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste in Korea

고준위 방사성폐기물 심부시추공 처분을 위한 국내 심부지질 환경특성 예비분석

  • Received : 2015.11.24
  • Accepted : 2016.04.05
  • Published : 2016.06.30


Spent fuels from nuclear power plants, as well as high-level radioactive waste from the recycling of spent fuels, should be safely isolated from human environment for an extremely long time. Recently, meaningful studies on the development of deep borehole radioactive waste disposal system in 3-5 km depth have been carried out in USA and some countries in Europe, due to great advance in deep borehole drilling technology. In this paper, domestic deep geoenvironmental characteristics are preliminarily investigated to analyze the applicability of deep borehole disposal technology in Korea. To do this, state-of-the art technologies in USA and some countries in Europe are reviewed, and geological and geothermal data from the deep boreholes for geothermal usage are analyzed. Based on the results on the crystalline rock depth, the geothermal gradient and the spent fuel types generated in Korea, a preliminary deep borehole concept including disposal canister and sealing system, is suggested.


Geoenvironment;Characteristics;Deep borehole disposal(DBD);Spent fuels;High level waste;Application


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