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JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Plan for fiscal year 2019

Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Review 2019-014, 30 Pages, 2019/10

JAEA-Review-2019-014.pdf:4.72MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency(JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock(granite) at Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the reform of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important remaining issues on the geoscientific research program based on the synthesized latest results of research and development (R&D): "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modeling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technology". The R&D on three remaining important issues have been carrying out in the MIU Project. This report summarizes the R&D activities planned for fiscal year 2019 on the basis of the MIU Master Plan updated in 2015 and Investigation Plan for the Third Medium to Long-term Research Phase.

Journal Articles

Intense chemical weathering in southwest Japan during the Pliocene warm period

Hatano, Nozomi*; Yoshida, Koki*; Adachi, Yoshiko*; Sasao, Eiji

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 184, p.103971_1 - 103971_13, 2019/10

Whole rock major and REE geochemistry and mineral compositions of the Pliocene sediments in southwest Japan reveal the effects of source rock compositions and grain sizes, as well as the relationship between sedimentary environments and the degree of chemical weathering in the Pliocene warm period. A wide variation in the degree of chemical weathering, source rock compositions and grain sizes were observed with vertical and spatial changes in the sedimentary environment. Regardless of the wide variety of source rock compositions and grain sizes, REE and kaolinite-rich clay mineral concentrations in sediments, of which CIA values are generally above 90, are indicative of the intense weathering conditions that prevailed in the Pliocene period (3-4 Ma) in southwest Japan.

Journal Articles

Characterizing the permeability of drillhole core samples of Toki granite, central Japan to identify factors influencing rock-matrix permeability

Kubo, Taiki*; Matsuda, Norihiro*; Kashiwaya, Koki*; Koike, Katsuaki*; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Tsuruta, Tadahiko; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji; Lanyon, G. W.*

Engineering Geology, 259, p.105163_1 - 105163_15, 2019/09

Rock matrix permeability is mainly controlled by microcracks. This study aims to identify the factors influencing the permeability of the Toki granite, central Japan. Permeability of core samples, measured by a gas permeameter, largely increases in the fault and fracture zones. Although a significant correlation is identified between permeability and P-wave velocity, this correlation is enhanced by classifying the samples into two groups by the Mn/Fe concentration ratio. Thus, lithofacies is another control factor for permeability due to the difference in mineral composition. Moreover, permeability shows significant negative and positive correlations with Si and Ca concentrations, respectively. These concentrations are probably affected by dissolution of silicate minerals and calcite generation in the hydrothermal alteration process. Therefore, a combination of hydrothermal alteration and strong faulting are the predominant processes for controlling permeability.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project; Annual report for fiscal year 2017

Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Nohara, Tsuyoshi; Onoe, Hironori; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Review 2019-005, 76 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Review-2019-005.pdf:24.91MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline rock (granite) at Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the research program and management system revision of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three remaining important issues on the geoscientific research program based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modeling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technologies". The research and development on three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. In this report, the current status of the research and development activities and construction in fiscal year 2017 is summarized.

Journal Articles

Effects of grain size on the chemical weathering index; A Case study of Neogene fluvial sediments in southwest Japan

Hatano, Nozomi*; Yoshida, Koki*; Sasao, Eiji

Sedimentary Geology, 386, p.1 - 8, 2019/05

Grain size variation of sediments generally complicates the assessment of the degree of chemical weathering. Mineralogical and geochemical research was carried out on Miocene and Pliocene fluvial sediments in southwest Japan to evaluate the effects of grain size on the degree of chemical weathering. We indicated that the Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/SiO$$_{2}$$ ratio may be suitable as a grain size index. Most of the fine-grained sediments have higher CIA values. In contrast, coarse-grained sediments, display a wide range of CIA values. The CIA values for intermediate grain sized samples reflect distinctive differences in the degree of chemical weathering between Miocene and Pliocene sediments. In the intermediate grain sized samples, the Miocene sediments have higher CIA values than Pliocene sediments. To compare the degree of chemical weathering, it is desirable to evaluate with the Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$/SiO$$_{2}$$ ratios limited to the intermediate grain size range.

Journal Articles

Role of micropores, mass transfer, and reaction rate in the hydrothermal alteration process of plagioclase in a granitic pluton

Yuguchi, Takashi*; Shobuzawa, Kaho*; Ogita, Yasuhiro*; Yagi, Koshi*; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji; Nishiyama, Tadao*

American Mineralogist, 104(4), p.536 - 556, 2019/04

 Percentile:100(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

This study describes the plagioclase alteration process with a focus on the role of micropores, mass transfer and reaction rate in the Toki granitic pluton, central Japan. The plagioclase alteration process involves albitization, K-feldspathization, and the formation of illite, calcite, fluorite and epidote. Such secondary minerals of hydrothermal origin in plagioclase within granitic rocks record the chemical characteristics of the hydrothermal fluid. Our results highlight (1) the nature of micropores such as distribution and volume in plagioclase, (2) the reaction nature of plagioclase alteration inferred by petrography and chemistry, (3) the physical conditions including alteration age and temperature, (4) the sequential variations of the fluid chemistry and (5) the mass transfer rate and reaction rate in the plagioclase alteration.

Journal Articles

Position-by-position cooling paths within the Toki granite, central Japan; Constraints and the relation with fracture population in a pluton

Yuguchi, Takashi*; Sueoka, Shigeru; Iwano, Hideki*; Izumino, Yuya*; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Danhara, Toru*; Sasao, Eiji; Hirata, Takafumi*; Nishiyama, Tadao*

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 169, p.47 - 66, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:16.4(Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

This study presents position-by-position t-T paths within a granitic pluton based on thermochronological data, and describes their constraints and their relationship with fracture frequency, as an example from the Toki granite, central Japan. The cooling paths have position-specific characteristics; a single t-T path does not represent the cooling behavior of the entire pluton. Such position-specific t-T paths enable us to evaluate three-dimensional thermal evolution within the granitic pluton, and thus can clarify the detailed formation history of the entire pluton after the incipient intrusion of the granitic magma into the shallow crust. This study reveals the relationship between position-specific t-T paths and fracture frequency, and thus provides a criterion for evaluating the fracture population in terms of thermal stress.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Plan for fiscal year 2018

Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Review 2018-019, 29 Pages, 2018/12

JAEA-Review-2018-019.pdf:6.16MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock (granite) at Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the reform of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important issues on the geoscientific research program: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modelling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technology", based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development (R&D). The R&D on three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU Project. This report summarizes the R&D activities planned for fiscal year 2018 on the basis of the MIU Master Plan updated in 2015 and Investigation Plan for the Third Medium to Long-term Research Phase.

Journal Articles

Zircon U-Pb and reassessed zircon fission track ages of Miocene Mizunami and Iwamura Groups in the southeastern part of Gifu Prefecture, central Japan

Sasao, Eiji; Danhara, Toru*; Iwano, Hideki*; Hirata, Takafumi*

Chishitsugaku Zasshi, 124(2), p.141 - 150, 2018/02

Here U-Pb and reassessed fission track (FT) ages are presented for samples from the Miocene Mizunami and Iwamura groups in the southeastern Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. The U-Pb ages of three tuff samples coincide with the reassessed FT ages within the error range. These new U-Pb and reassessed FT ages are consistent with those reported in previous microfossil and paleomagnetic studies, which indicate the following depositional history: The Hongo and Akeyo formations of the Mizunami Group were deposited at ~19-18 Ma and ca. 18 Ma, respectively, and the lower part of the Toyama Formation of the Iwamura Group was deposited ca. 18 Ma.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project annual report for fiscal year 2016

Ishibashi, Masayuki; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Nohara, Tsuyoshi; Onoe, Hironori; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; et al.

JAEA-Review 2017-026, 72 Pages, 2018/01

JAEA-Review-2017-026.pdf:18.23MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock (granite) at Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the research program and management system revision of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important issues on the geoscientific research program: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modeling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technologies", based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development (R&D). The R&D on three important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. In this report, the current status of R&D activities and construction in 2016 is summarized.

Journal Articles

Spatial distribution of the apatite fission-track ages in the Toki granite, central Japan; Exhumation rate of a Cretaceous pluton emplaced in the East Asian continental margin

Yuguchi, Takashi*; Sueoka, Shigeru; Iwano, Hideki*; Danhara, Toru*; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji; Nishiyama, Tadao*

Island Arc, 26(6), p.e12219_1 - e12219_15, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:49.96(Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

The spatial distribution of AFT age in the granitic body is a favorable key to reveal a cooling behavior of the whole pluton. The cooling behavior is attributable to the regional exhumation of the Toki granite related to the regional denudation of the Tono district. Combination of the AERs and AFT inverse model applying to the granite is a powerful procedure for evaluating the cooling and exhumation history of the granitic pluton and thus denudation history of the tectonic region that surrounded the rock body.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Plan for fiscal year 2017

Ishibashi, Masayuki; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; Sasao, Eiji; Koide, Kaoru

JAEA-Review 2017-019, 29 Pages, 2017/10

JAEA-Review-2017-019.pdf:3.21MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock (granite) at Mizunami City in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the reform of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important issues on the geoscientific research program: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modelling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technology", based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development (R&D). These R&D on three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. This report summarizes the R&D activities planned for fiscal year 2017 based on the MIU Master Plan updated in 2015 and so on.

Journal Articles

History of the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project

Sasao, Eiji

Genkan Senta Topikkusu, (122), p.4 - 12, 2017/06

JAEA is implementing the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, which is a geoscientific research program in crystalline rock environment in Mizunami City, Japan. This report summarise history, progress and present situation of the project.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project annual report for fiscal year 2015

Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Mikake, Shinichiro; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Onoe, Hironori; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Nohara, Tsuyoshi; Sasao, Eiji; Ikeda, Koki; et al.

JAEA-Review 2016-023, 65 Pages, 2016/12

JAEA-Review-2016-023.pdf:47.32MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock (granite) at Mizunami City in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the reform of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important issues on the geoscientific research program: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modelling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technologies", based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development (R&D). These R&D on three important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. In this report, the current status of R&D activities and construction in 2015 is summarized.

Journal Articles

Characteristics of micro transfer paths and diffusion phenomena in the matrix of deep crystalline rock

Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji; Hama, Katsuhiro

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 23(2), p.121 - 130, 2016/12

Matrix diffusion is one of the important phenomena for safety assessment of radioactive waste disposal because it has an effect of retarding the mass transport in crystalline rocks. Although there is not enough knowledge on the matrix diffusion in unaltered (intact) rocks around fractures. Intact granitic rocks around fractures are affected by primary alteration related to hydrothermal fluid resulting from crystallization of granitic magma. Therefore, detailed observations were carried out to clarify the effects of primary alteration focused on the intact granite around fractures sampled from the MIU, central Japan. The results of observation provide that the micropores are formed in plagioclases affected by primary alteration and have the potential of acting as matrix diffusion paths. This is indicating the possibility that intact granitic rock around fractures in an orogenic belt such as Japan have also the retardation functions due to matrix diffusion.

JAEA Reports

Synthesized research report in the second mid-term research phase, Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project and Geo-stability Project (Translated document)

Hama, Katsuhiro; Sasao, Eiji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Onoe, Hironori; Sato, Toshinori; Fujita, Tomoo; Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Takeda, Masaki; Aoyagi, Kazuhei; et al.

JAEA-Review 2016-014, 274 Pages, 2016/08

JAEA-Review-2016-014.pdf:44.45MB

We synthesized the research results from the Mizunami/Horonobe Underground Research Laboratories (URLs) and geo-stability projects in the second midterm research phase. This report can be used as a technical basis for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan/Regulator at each decision point from siting to beginning of disposal (Principal Investigation to Detailed Investigation Phase).

JAEA Reports

Data on fractures based on the borehole investigations in underground facility

Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Data/Code 2016-009, 10 Pages, 2016/08

JAEA-Data-Code-2016-009.pdf:3.65MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2016-009-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:0.64MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technological basis for the geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste. This report compiles the information of the fractures in the Toki Granite, central Japan, obtained by Borehole TV observations of borehole investigations, drilled in underground facility.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Plan for fiscal year 2016

Hama, Katsuhiro; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Sasao, Eiji; Mikake, Shinichiro; Ikeda, Koki; Matsui, Hiroya; Osawa, Hideaki

JAEA-Review 2016-015, 29 Pages, 2016/07

JAEA-Review-2016-015.pdf:3.41MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline host rock (granite rock) at Mizunami City in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the reform of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three important issues on the geoscientific research program: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modelling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technologies", based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development (R&D). These R&D on three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. This report summarizes the R&D activities planned for fiscal year 2016 based on the MIU Master Plan updated in 2015 and so on.

JAEA Reports

Investigation plan for the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project; Investigation plan for the third medium to long-term research phase

Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Mikake, Shinichiro; Sasao, Eiji; Osawa, Hideaki

JAEA-Review 2016-004, 38 Pages, 2016/06

JAEA-Review-2016-004.pdf:7.07MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to enhance the reliability of relevant disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment within the host crystalline rock at Mizunami City in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. The present report summarizes the research and development activities planned mainly in the -500m gallery.

Journal Articles

Long term behavior of hydrogeological structures associated with faulting; An Example from the deep crystalline rock in the Mizunami URL, Central Japan

Ishibashi, Masayuki; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Sasao, Eiji; Yuguchi, Takashi*

Engineering Geology, 208, p.114 - 127, 2016/06

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:21.11(Engineering, Geological)

Damage zone (DS) formed by faulting in crystalline rocks can act as significant transport pathway. Therefore, this paper describes the features of WCFs and their long-term behavior associated with faulting based on the results of investigations at the GL -300m and -500m in the MIU. The results of detailed investigations in and around DZ indicate that there are three stages in the development of hydrogeological structures: 1st stage) the formation of background fractures; 2nd stage) the formation of a DZ and corresponding increase in the hydraulic permeability as a result of formation of small fractures; and 3rd stage) the formation of fracture fillings and the hydraulic permeability of the DZ decrease. In the late 3rd stage, unconsolidated clayey fillings formed associated with faulting resulting in decreased permeability of fractures in the DZ. These results underline the importance of understanding the development stages for evaluating the effect of faulting in orogenic belt plutons.

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