Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage
soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories

Structural Integrity

DISTINCTIVE is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of 10 universities and 3 key industry partners from across the UK’s civil nuclear sector.

Monitoring of moisture and chloride in contaminated storage structures

Monitoring of moisture and chloride in contaminated storage structures


Academic Investigator(s) – Marcus Perry, Andrea Hamilton

Researcher – Lorena Biondi

University – University of Strathclyde

This PhD project is aimed at the development of advanced sensor technologies to monitor/measure moisture and chloride in built structures (mainly concrete). The application of this work is relevant to remediation of structures used to house contaminated waste, sustainable development of civil infrastructure and possibly monitoring cement used to encapsulate intermediate level radioactive waste.  The project particularly focuses on the design, fabrication and evaluation of embeddable moisture/chloride sensors for applications in concrete.  The embeddable sensors will be developed using various systems such as graphene, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and MicroElectroMechnical Systems (MEMS). Small scale samples and field trials will be used to evaluate the performance of the sensors in terms of durability, sensitivity and resolution.

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