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Heat Effects on Rock Salt


Research and Simulation of Process Taking Place in the Burial of Radioactive Waste in Salt Formation

Tech Area / Field

  • ENV-WDS/Waste Disposal/Environment
  • FIR-OTH/Other/Fission Reactors

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Kazakh National University / Scientific Research Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Kazakstan, Almaty

Supporting institutes

  • National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakstan / Institute of Radiation Security and Ecology, Kazakstan, Kurchatov


  • Tammoak Enterprises LLC, USA, NM, Los-Alamos\nUniversity of Colorado at Boulder, USA, CO, Boulder

Project summary

The project aims to study the effect of radiation heat on rock salt from the point of view of radioactive waste disposal in an underground salt-formation cavity. A similar project studying the effect of heat on massive rocks is on-going ISTC project #307-2.

The project will study the effect of heat and radiation on crystallized salt in a laboratory.


The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.


ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

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