2014, June 3 to 6 - Avignon - France
2nd International Symposium on Cement-based Materials for Nuclear Wastes

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Authors' Guidelines

Papers and Posters


Papers may be submitted for oral or poster presentation.
Abstract:  1 page including tables, figures and references ;
Full paper: 12 pages maximum including tables, figures and references.
Poster: 1 panel A0 format


Indicate all co-authors names and their affiliations. Indicate the contact author with an asterisk.  

Manuscript content

The content of the manuscript must include the objectives of the research, the methodology used, the new theory/models/methods/applications highlighting the main findings and results with related comments and conclusions, the originality/interest of the work and its perspectives in terms of R&D and/or applications. Sufficient details must be included in the extended abstract andposter abstract for the reviewing.

Manuscript selection

The selection for oral and poster sessions will process from abstracts received. Selection criteria include originality of the research or the study, relevance of the subject, relevance of the methodology used, validity of method, clarity of the text.

Conference track-lines and sessions

The definitive conference track-lines and related sessions will be specified after the peer-review.


All submissions must be in English.

Author responsibility

It is the responsibility of the author to get all internal reviews and institution approvals prior submission.


The abstracts and full papers selected will be published on the conference CD-ROM. Significant papers may be published in a journal.  


The  template

Format for submission 

The abstracts and full papers must be submitted in pdf format. It is the author’s responsibility to check the pdf version of the paper to ensure proper final use (in particular check the “embed all fonts” option). 

The deadline for abstract submission

1st October 2013

Online Submission is the only way to submit

Complete all information indicated on the Abstract Submission Form (especially required

> Format of the field "Paper Title"
   Contribution of Materials Investigations to Improve the Safety and Performance of LWRs

> Select a reference topic (from Topic ❶ to Topic ❹) and upload your file.
    One paper or poster can relate to several items. For that, indicate the detailed topics
> Only one abstract (in one unique PDF file) by Abstract Submission Form. 

> Format of the field "Complete authors list with company and country"
   N. Whitehouse, B. Jordan (Company A) - USA, A. Matthews (Company C) - UK,
   A. Doulot (Company D), V. Toylemonde (Company E) - France

> If you wish to submit your abstract "ONLY" for a Poster Presentation please indicate this
   information in the "Author Comment" of the Abstract Submission Form

We strongly recommend to print (button on the upper right of the abstract submission
   form)  or save this Abstract Submission Form before submitting (after submission you
   cannot come back to the form)

> Direct Access to the

Abstract Submission Form

Acknowledgement of receipt:

All submissions will be acknowledged (an automatic email is sent by the website).

If you do not receive an acknowledgment within one hour of submitting your abstract, please contact Patricia Hamel-Blochphamel-bloch@sfen.fr.


Operations in the nuclear power industry produce a wide variety of radioactive wastes. The predisposal waste management is to produce waste packages suitable for storage, transportation and final disposal. Cementation is a widely applied technique for the conditioning of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes. Compared with other solidification techniques, the cementation process is relatively simple and inexpensive. Moreover, calcium silicate cements show many advantages, such as easy supply, compatibility with aqueous wastes, good self-shielding, and high alkalinity which allows to precipitate and thus confine many radionuclides. However, specific issues have still to be addressed, such as the limitation of adverse cement-waste interactions which may affect the quality of the resulting solidified waste form, or the understanding and prediction of long-term properties of the waste packages and cement barriers. There is also a need for safe processes minimizing the production of secondary wastes. The objective of the symposium is to promote the exchange of advanced information on the ongoing research and development activities dealing with cementation of nuclear wastes, from elaboration of waste packages to their final disposal.

The following topics will be primarily considered.

❶ Methods of production of cement-waste forms

- Performance requirements and implementation methods
- Formulation for various kinds of wastes (metallic wastes, ashes, spent sorbents including ion exchange resins, hydroxide flocks, evaporator
   concentrates and other salt solutions, organic-containing wastes)
- Formulation methodologies
- Processes involved: mixing device designs, packaging options ; engineering feasibility and implementation in real site

 ❷ Physico-chemical processes occurring in cement-waste forms at early age

- Cement-waste interactions
- Factors influencing rheology, setting, hardening, hydration rate, heat production, pH and pore water evolution
- Evolution of mineralogy and microstructure

 ❸ Influence of external and internal factors on long term properties of cement-waste package and cement barriers

- Effect of water, temperature, radiation, waste / cement interactions
- Gas generation and evacuation
- Micro and macro-cracking
- Radionuclides retention and transport
- Interactions with other cement barriers
- Monitoring techniques
- Modelling of long-term behaviour, service life prediction
- Decontamination of concrete structures

❹ Emerging and alternative cementitious systems

- Low pH cements
- Calcium sulfoaluminate cements
- Geopolymers
- Non hydraulic binders such as magnesium cements, calcium phosphate cements…

Key dates

Deadline for abstract submission

2013, October 1

>>> extended

2013 October 20

Notification of acceptance

2013 November 1

>>> extended

2013 November 15

Deadline for full paper submission

2014 January 1

>>> extended

2014 January 31

Reviewers comments

2014 March 1

>>> extended

2014 March 31

Deadline for revised version

end of April 2014


Technical Program Contact Fabien FRIZON 

Organization Contact Patricia HAMEL-BLOCH