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Development of a back analysis method for the estimation of in situ stress based on the measured convergence in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory

Aoyagi, Kazuhei ; Kamemura, Katsumi*; Nago, Makito*; Sugawara, Kentaro*; Matsubara, Makoto*

An in situ stress state is one of the important factors in the design of deep underground facility of high-level radioactive waste disposal repository. This study establishes a practical and effective method for estimating in situ stress state on the basis of the measured convergence during gallery excavation. The convergence was measured in various directions of the loop gallery at 350m depth of the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory; this allows determination of the stress state corresponding to the rock mass deformation behavior in an approximately 120 m* 200 m area. To estimate in situ stress state around that area, a back analysis method considering the existence of faults and fractures around the gallery was developed. The analyzed results showed a good agreement with the trend of in situ stress state estimated from hydraulic fracturing method.

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