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Long-term effect of creep displacement of host-rock on stability of engineered barrier system for TRU waste; Two-dimensional analysis by the non-linear viscoelasticity model

Aoyagi, Takayoshi*; not registered; Mihara, Morihiro; Okutsu, Kazuo*; Maeda, Munehiro*

In the disposal concept of TRU waste, concentrated disposal of wastes forms in large cross-section underground cavities is envisaged, because most of TRU waste is no-heat producing in spite of large generated volume as compared with HLW. In the design of engineered barrier system based on large cross-section cavities, it is necessary to consider the long-term mechanical process such as creep displacement of the host rock from the viewpoint of the stability of engineered barrier system. In this study, the long-term creep displacement of the host rock was calculated using the non-linear viscoelasticity model and the effects on the stability of engineered barrier system was evaluated. As a result, in the disposal concept of crystalline rock, no creep displacement occurred at the time after 1 milion year. On the other hand, in the disposal concept of sedimentary rock, creep displacement of 80$$sim$$90mm occurred at the time after 1 milion year. Also, in this calculation, a maximum reduction of 45mm concerned with the thickness of buffer material was estimated. But these values resulted within allowance of design values. Therefore, these results show that the effects of the creep displacement on the stability of engieered barrier system would not be significant.

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