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Characteristics of electron spin resonance signal of quartz from sediments and adjacent bedrocks

Tokuyasu, Kayoko; Yasue, Kenichi; Komatsu, Tetsuya; Tamura, Itoko; Horiuchi, Yasuharu

QST-M-2; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2015, P. 189, 2017/03

Understanding the stage of mountain building is crucial to the stability assessment of geological environments in geological disposal system. In this context, we have carried out the research and development of provenance analysis techniques to elucidate the mountain-building stage. Here we present the results focusing on the R&D using the Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) signals from quartz in sediments and their basement rocks.

Journal Articles

Excavation cycle times recorded during sinking of a deep shaft in crystalline rock; A Case example at ventilation shaft of Mizunami URL, Japan

Sanada, Hiroyuki; Sato, Toshinori; Horiuchi, Yasuharu*; Mikake, Shinichiro; Okihara, Mistunobu*; Yahagi, Ryoji*; Kobayashi, Shinji*

Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 50, p.68 - 78, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:76.12(Construction & Building Technology)

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is implementing the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project to establish the scientific and technological basis for the geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW) in crystalline rocks. Excavation cycle times were recorded during the Ventilation Shaft sinking and compared with the planned excavation cycle times for evaluation of the baseline design plan. This included review of the cycle times in the design process and comparison with the actual construction results. The recorded results indicate that actual cycle times were twice as long as the design plan. This paper describes discussions on differences in cycle times between the design and actual times.

JAEA Reports

Study on engineering technologies in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (FY 2013); Development of recovery and mitigation technology on excavation damage (Contract research)

Fukaya, Masaaki*; Hata, Koji*; Akiyoshi, Kenji*; Sato, Shin*; Takeda, Yoshinori*; Miura, Norihiko*; Uyama, Masao*; Kaneda, Tsutomu*; Ueda, Tadashi*; Toda, Akiko*; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2014-040, 199 Pages, 2015/03

JAEA-Technology-2014-040.pdf:37.2MB

The researches on engineering technology in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project consists of (1) development of design and construction planning technologies, (2) development of construction technology, (3) development of countermeasure technology, (4) development of technology for security, and (5) development of technologies for restoration and/or reduction of the excavation damage. The researches on engineering technology such as verification of the initial design were being conducted by using data measured during construction as a part of the second phase of the MIU plan. Examination about the plug for reflood test in the GL-500m Access/Research Gallery-North as part of the development of technologies for restoration and/or reduction of excavation damage were carried out. Specifically, Literature survey was carried out about the plug, based on the result of literature survey, examination of the design condition, design of the plug and rock stability using numerical simulation, selection of materials for major parts, and grouting for water inflow from between rock and plug, were carried out in this study.

JAEA Reports

Study on engineering technologies in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (FY 2013); Development of design and construction planning and countermeasure technologies (Contract research)

Kobayashi, Shinji*; Niimi, Katsuyuki*; Okihara, Mistunobu*; Tsuji, Masakuni*; Yamada, Toshiko*; Sato, Toshinori; Mikake, Shinichiro; Horiuchi, Yasuharu*; Aoyagi, Yoshiaki

JAEA-Technology 2014-035, 172 Pages, 2015/01

JAEA-Technology-2014-035.pdf:91.27MB

The researches on engineering technology in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) plan consists of (1) development of design and construction planning technologies, (2) development of construction technology, (3) development of countermeasure technology, (4) development of technology for security, and (5) development of technologies regarding restoration or reversal and mitigating of the excavation effect. To develop design and construction planning technologies, and countermeasure technology, the analysis of measured data during earthquake and seismic movement characteristics at deep underground, and the examination of grouting method were carried out. The knowledge of the seismic movements at deep underground was obtained by which observation records of seismometers at Mizunami underground research laboratory were analyzed to verify the earthquake-resistant design of the shafts and tunnels. As for" Study on grouting method at deep underground", Existing post-grouting methods for crystalline rock were reviewed, the applicability of pre-grouting technology was evaluated and study on experiment plan in MIU was carried out following the previous year.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Annual report for fiscal year 2013

Hama, Katsuhiro; Mikake, Shinichiro; Nishio, Kazuhisa; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Murakami, Hiroaki; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji; Sanada, Hiroyuki; et al.

JAEA-Review 2014-038, 137 Pages, 2014/12

JAEA-Review-2014-038.pdf:162.61MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). The MIU Project has been ongoing the Phase II and the Phase III in fiscal year 2013. This report presents the results of the investigations, construction and collaboration studies in fiscal year 2013, as a part of the Phase II and Phase III based on the MIU Master Plan updated in 2010.

Journal Articles

Analysis of excavation cycle time during sinking of the ventilation shaft at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Sanada, Hiroyuki; Sato, Toshinori; Horiuchi, Yasuharu*; Mikake, Shinichiro; Okihara, Mistunobu*; Yahagi, Ryoji*; Kobayashi, Shinji*

Proceedings of 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS-8) (USB Flash Drive), 7 Pages, 2014/10

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is implementing the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project to establish the scientific and technological basis for the geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW) in crystalline rocks. Excavation cycle times were recorded during the Ventilation Shaft sinking and compared with the planned excavation cycle times for evaluation of the baseline design plan. This included review of the cycle times in the design process and comparison with the actual construction results. The recorded results indicate that actual cycle times were twice as long as the design plan. This paper describes discussions on differences in cycle times between the design and result.

JAEA Reports

Study on engineering technologies in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory; FY2012 (Contract research)

Fukaya, Masaaki*; Noda, Masaru*; Hata, Koji*; Takeda, Yoshinori*; Akiyoshi, Kenji*; Ishizeki, Yoshikazu*; Kaneda, Tsutomu*; Sato, Shin*; Shibata, Chihoko*; Ueda, Tadashi*; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2014-019, 495 Pages, 2014/08

JAEA-Technology-2014-019.pdf:82.23MB

The researches on engineering technology in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) plan consists of (1) research on engineering technology deep underground, and (2) research on engineering technology as a basis of geological disposal. The former research is mainly aimed in this study, which is categorized in (a) development of design and construction planning technologies, (b) development of construction technologies, (c) development of countermeasure technologies, and (d) development of technologies for security. In this study, the researches on engineering technology are being conducted in these four categories by using data measured during construction as a part of the second phase of the MIU plan.

Journal Articles

Changes in water inflow and water pressure response after earthquakes in Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Mikake, Shinichiro; Sato, Toshinori

Dai-42-Kai Gamban Rikigaku Ni Kansuru Shimpojiumu Koenshu (CD-ROM), p.96 - 100, 2014/01

Japan Atomic Energy Agency is pursuing an underground research project, called the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project focused on crystalline rock environment, in order to establish scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Wastes. After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, increased water inflow in the MIU and changes in groundwater pressure in the monitoring boreholes around the MIU have been observed. This report describes knowledge obtained through effect assessment of the pre-excavation grouting performed to reduce water inflow and observation of changes in water pressure response after the earthquakes.

JAEA Reports

Evaluation of the applicability of a new quantitative rock mass classification method at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Kuji, Masayoshi*; Asai, Hideaki*; Hashizume, Shigeru; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Sato, Toshinori; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Technology 2013-022, 72 Pages, 2013/10

JAEA-Technology-2013-022.pdf:5.3MB

Rock mass classifications are used for design and construction of underground structures. However, the classification methods commonly used in Japan are qualitative and inadequate for estimating the actual mechanical properties of a rock mass based on site specific geological features. Considering the design, construction and safe operation of large underground facilities, an important requirement is to utilize a rock mass classification method that can estimate site specific rock mechanical properties based on surface-based investigations and geological observations during excavation. For this study, a new quantitative rock mass classification method based on JGS standard was proposed and applied to the sedimentary formations and the granite at MIU. The results were compared with the rock mass classification system developed by CRIEPI and commonly used in JAPAN. Then the applicability of the new rock mass classification could be evaluated.

Journal Articles

Hydrological gravity response detection using a gPhone below- and aboveground

Tanaka, Toshiyuki*; Miyajima, Rikio*; Asai, Hideaki*; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Kumada, Koji; Asai, Yasuhiro*; Ishii, Hiroshi*

Earth Planets and Space, 65(2), p.59 - 66, 2013/02

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:74.37(Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Study on dynamic behavior of a shaft excavated through faulted crystalline rock mass

Hashizume, Shigeru; Matsui, Hiroya; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Hata, Koji*; Akiyoshi, Kenji*; Sato, Shin*; Shibata, Chihoko*; Niunoya, Sumio*; Noda, Masaru*

Dai-13-Kai Iwa No Rikigaku Kokunai Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (CD-ROM), p.121 - 126, 2013/01

The "Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory" has been studying and developing engineering technology for deep underground applications. These applications are multifaceted and are categorized as development of design and construction planning technology, development construction technology, development countermeasure technology, and development of technology for construction and operation security. In this report, the dynamic stability of shaft and surrounding rock mass has been studied with respect to rock mass displacement and stress, the effect of using a concrete liner and excavating through faulted crystalline rock.

JAEA Reports

Examination concerning application of ACROSS to engineering technology of the MIU Project; Final report

Hasegawa, Ken; Kunitomo, Takahiro; Hashizume, Shigeru; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Evaluation 2012-001, 117 Pages, 2012/07

JAEA-Evaluation-2012-001.pdf:15.47MB

ACROSS has been developed to acquire the detailed information on the tectonically active zone. The technology developed here, the transmission and reception technique, the data analysis and the interpretation technique of the ACROSS signal for example, is able to use in seismology but also in other fields. We considered the ACROSS technology may apply to the engineering technology of the MIU project, for example, to the geological environment monitoring around the shafts and the strength assessment of the shaft concrete lining. Its examination was made in the three years period from fiscal year 2007 to 2009. However, it was concluded that we required another two years of observation to evaluate the applicability of the ACROSS as a technology to monitor the geological environment around the shafts and research galleries. In this report, we describe the evaluation result of the ACROSS based on the data observed by the end of 2011.

Journal Articles

Study on mechanisms of strain variation at great depth

Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Hirano, Toru*; Ikeda, Koki; Matsui, Hiroya

Dai-40-Kai Gamban Rikigaku Ni Kansuru Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (CD-ROM), p.242 - 247, 2011/01

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) installed the intelligent type strain meters, at G.L-500m depth in pilot boreholes drilled from the 200m level in the ventilation and main shafts of the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU). Strain variations due to several events including the excavation itself were monitored and analyzed. Monitoring results indicate that the intelligent type strain meter is able to measure very small fluctuations and detect rock deformation from blasting with 300m vertical separation from the measurement section. The strain meter can detect conditions in the rock mass such as differences in deformability.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of applicability of a new quantitative rock mass classfication method at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Asai, Hideaki; Kuji, Masayoshi*; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Matsui, Hiroya

Dai-40-Kai Gamban Rikigaku Ni Kansuru Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (CD-ROM), p.13 - 18, 2011/01

Considering the design, construction and safe operation of large underground facilities such as for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste, an important requirement is to utilize a rock mass classification method that can estimate site specific rock mechanical properties based on surface-based investigations and geological observations during excavation. For this study, a new quantitative rock mass classification method based on the Japanese Geotechnical Society standard was proposed and applied to the sedimentary formations and the granite at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory. The results were compared with the rock mass classification system developed by the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry and commonly used in Japan. Then the applicability of the new rock mass classification could be evaluated.

JAEA Reports

Study on mechanisms of strain variation at great depth (Joint research)

Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Hirano, Toru; Ikeda, Koki; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Technology 2010-017, 122 Pages, 2010/07

JAEA-Technology-2010-017.pdf:35.17MB
JAEA-Technology-2010-017-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:28.63MB

Knowledge of strain variations at an excavation face is important for the prediction of rock bursts and for the application of the appropriate supplementary construction methods for excavation of shafts to great depths. JAEA installed the intelligent type strain meters, at G.L-500m depth in pilot boreholes drilled from the 200m level in the ventilation and main shafts of the Mizunami URL. Strain variations due to several events including the excavation itself were monitored and analyzed. Because of the breakdown of the monitoring system, the data is very short term. Nevertheless, it was possible to do some analysis for the study and important understanding derived from the analysis. Monitoring results indicate that the intelligent type strain meter is able to measure very small fluctuations and detect rock deformation from blasting with 300m vertical separation from the measurement section. The strain meter can detect conditions in the rock mass such as differences in deformability.

Journal Articles

$$^{14}$$C concentration in tree rings of beech trees living near CO$$_{2}$$ vents in the Hakkoda Cardera, Aomori, Japan

Horiuchi, Kazuho*; Chiba, Takuji*; Hoshino, Yasuharu*; Oyama, Motonari*; Tanaka, Takayuki; Amano, Hikaru*

JAEA-Conf 2010-001, p.71 - 74, 2010/03

We investigated how volcanic CO$$_{2}$$ emission affects the $$^{14}$$C concentrations in tree rings of beech trees in the Hakkoda Caldera in Aomori, which is one of high emission regions of volcanic CO$$_{2}$$ in the world. There was a tendency that the obtained $$^{14}$$C concentrations were, surprisingly, quite near to the values of the concurrent atmospheric CO$$_{2}$$ and decreased from 1991 to 2001. The $$^{14}$$C concentrations in caldera are lower than those of the control samples taken from a beech living outside of the caldera. We revealed the possibility that we can solve the local dynamics of fossil CO$$_{2}$$ emission using $$^{14}$$C in tree rings. However, the maximum difference of $$^{14}$$C between inside and outside of the caldera was 14 permil. This result showed that the volcanic CO$$_{2}$$ mixed with atmospheric CO$$_{2}$$ by 4.4 ppm or less. As the trunk absorbing CO$$_{2}$$ exist in height that is several meters higher than the volcanic CO$$_{2}$$ vents, the low mixing may occur.

Oral presentation

Development of engineering technology for Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Matsui, Hiroya; Asai, Hideaki; Horiuchi, Yasuharu

no journal, , 

As part of MIU (The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory) project, development of engineering technology for deep underground intended for the crystalline rock is executed. The former research mainly aimed in this study are categorized in (1) development of design and construction planning technologies, (2) development of construction technology, (3) development of countermeasure technology, (4) development of technology for security. It reports on the current state of engineering technology research and the schedule for the future.

Oral presentation

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, 2; Current status of development of engineering technology for deep underground

Asai, Hideaki; Matsui, Hiroya; Mikake, Shinichiro; Ito, Hiroaki; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Ishii, Yoji

no journal, , 

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) is currently being constructed by Japan Atomic Energy Agency. As part of MIU Project, development of engineering technology for deep underground intended for the crystalline rock is executed. The research to confirm the effectiveness of engineering technology is being executed during its excavation now. It reports on study results up to 300m in depth of engineering technology research and the schedule for the future.

Oral presentation

Present status of MIU project; Study on engineering technologies

Matsui, Hiroya; Mikake, Shinichiro; Asai, Hideaki; Ishii, Yoji; Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Kumada, Koji

no journal, , 

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is a major site for geoscientific research to advance the scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste in crystalline rock. Studies on relevant engineering technologies in the MIU consist of research on design and construction technology for very deep underground applications, and engineering technology as a basis of geological disposal. In the Second Phase of the MIU project, engineering studies have focused on research into design and construction technologies for deep underground. The main subjects in the study of very deep underground structures consist of the following: Demonstration of the design methodology, Demonstration of existing and supplementary excavation methods, Demonstration of countermeasures during excavation and Demonstration of safe construction. This poster show the main topics and results of the study until FY2009.

Oral presentation

Development of engineering technology for Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Horiuchi, Yasuharu; Asai, Hideaki; Kuji, Masayoshi*; Matsui, Hiroya

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

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