Abstract for: Simulation and analysis to support decision making in the treatment and handling of radioactive waste

This paper describes three practical applications of System Dynamics methods for the consideration of issues associated with managing low level radioactive waste in the United Kingdom. These projects were undertaken for the Low Level Waste Repository Ltd, who manage and operate the national low level waste repository on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. These projects included creation of a causal loop diagram of the national low level waste system; quantification of the national system to enable analysis of treatment and disposal strategies and a more detailed analysis of a particular type of low level waste. This paper describes how the models were used and the benefits associated with the System Dynamics approach.