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The Rock Creep Evaluation in the Analysis System for the Long-Term Behavior of TRU Waste Disposal System

[+] Author Affiliations
Shintaro Ohno, Seiji Morikawa

Kajima Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Morihiro Mihara

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. ICEM2009-16110, pp. 291-297; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/ICEM2009-16110
From:
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Liverpool, UK, October 11–15, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4407-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3865-X
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME

abstract

MACBECE (Mechanical Analysis system considering Chemical transitions of BEntonite-based and CEment-based materials) is an analysis system to evaluate the long term mechanical behavior in the TRU (TRans Uranium) waste disposal system. TRU wastes are low level radioactive wastes that include long-lived nuclides. MACBECE is the system to calculate mechanical and chemical behavior in the near field including engineered barriers in the TRU waste disposal system, and subsequently to evaluate the hydraulic property in various components. MACBECE can evaluate the mechanical/ hydraulic alterations of two types of barrier materials, cement-based and bentonite-based materials. These materials, in the long-term, may be altered internally by chemical reaction. To evaluate the long-term mechanical behavior due to the chemical transitions, the nonlinear elastic model for the cement-based materials and the elasto-viscoplastic model for the bentonite-based materials were applied, based on the data from various laboratory tests. Also, proposed models based on the data from permeability tests were applied to evaluate the alteration of hydraulic conductivity. So as to realize the high reliable evaluation, the variable-compliance-type constitutive model proposed by Okubo (1992) was newly adopted for the rock creep evaluation in MACBECE. This creep model can express analytically nonlinear visco-elastic behavior and the over-peak-strength state behavior. This paper focuses on the adoptability of rock creep model in MACBECE. Applicability of the rock creep model is verified by conducting the numerical simulations with the long-term mechanical interaction between the TRU waste disposal system and the host rock.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Creep , Waste disposal , Rocks

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