E3S Web Conf.
Volume 205, 20202nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Minisymposium: Shale and Clay Behavior for Energy Production and Nuclear Waste Disposal (organized by Alessio Ferrari and Russell T. Ewy)|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
Heating-induced creep and potential creep rupture of clay liners for nuclear waste repository
1 Jacobs Solutions, VA 20171 Herndon, USA
2 The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, VA 24061 Blacksburg USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of this study is to assess the potential of encountering a heating-induced creep rapture of clay liners in nuclear waste repository. Groundwater and soil contaminations may occur if the elevated temperatures, expected in the vicinity of nuclear waste repository, trigger creep rapture of the clay liners. In this study, we utilize simulations based on the discrete element method (DEM) to understand the conditions under which heating-induced creep rupture can take place. In lieu of the conventional local/non-local damping mechanism usually utilized in DEM simulations to dissipate energy, the DEM simulations presented in this study incorporate the rate process theory as a damping mechanism to model soil creep. The results of a base anisotropic model at 70 °C show a dramatic increase in the creep rate at high temperatures showing creep rupture. Such undesired behavior can be mitigated by engineering clay liner materials to sustain and resist the expected high temperatures expected around nuclear waste repository.
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