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Nuclear Glass & Waste Analysis

Nuclear Glass & Waste Analysis Services

Understanding your materials helps you to understand how your processes may affect them, how these can be optimised, and where problems may occur. Our team of experts can be consulted on how to test your materials to understand them more accurately.

Glass Spheres


We provide a wide range of Nuclear sector services including:

Material validation and certification

QA / QC for highly specified materials in the nuclear industry, for users and suppliers, including chemical, physical, metallurgical, surface, and structural analysis, on a wide range of materials including:

  • glass frit for waste encapsulation
  • cementitious materials for encapsulation
  • simulated waste and leachates
  • large-scale load bearing materials

Material performance and characterisation

Physical properties of materials, including synthetic encapsulated waste. To determine thermal and mechanical properties of materials to enable a better understanding of material performance. A wide range of capabilities with applications including:

  • modulus of elasticity, pre- and post- neutron exposure
  • impact, tensile, and crushing strength
  • thermal conductivity and encapsulation


Evaluation to support waste encapsulation trials

Robust data to support the studies on the structure and stability of waste encapsulation. Types of data include:

  • bulk chemistry, including trace metals, rare earth elements, and platinoids
  • encapsulated mineralogy – quantification of phases, cell parameters, and leachate studies
  • microstructural information including; morphology, grain size, chemistry, and elemental distributions
  • production-scale demonstrations

Waste stream separation and encapsulation validation

An understanding of the processes in separating and encapsulating a range of waste streams. Services include:

  • developing specific separation and encapsulation technologies
  • plant and process design from concept to operation
  • mass balance of components on separation
  • comprehensive range of analytical capabilities and breadth of skills to maximise the data recovery