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JAEA Reports

Study of hydrogeology in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project; Numerical prediction of recovery behavior of groundwater environment during groundwater filling test and underground facility closure

Onoe, Hironori; Kimura, Hitoshi*

JAEA-Research 2019-001, 57 Pages, 2019/08

JAEA-Research-2019-001.pdf:10.03MB

In this study, predictive simulations were conducted in order to understand recovery behavior of groundwater environment during groundwater filling test and underground facility closure. As a result of predictive simulations of groundwater filling test, difference of groundwater environment changes around the closure test drift according to groundwater filling volume was confirmed quantitatively. As a result of the simulations, groundwater environment changes at 10 years after underground facility closure could be estimated. And, it was shown that up-corning of deep saline water through drift and shaft was occurred if hydraulic conductivity of backfill material is higher than host rock.

Journal Articles

Development of evaluation method for variability of groundwater flow conditions associated with long-term topographic change and climate perturbations

Onoe, Hironori; Kosaka, Hiroshi*; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Komatsu, Tetsuya; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Yasue, Kenichi

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 26(1), p.3 - 14, 2019/06

In this study, it is focused on topographic changes due to uplift and denudation, also climate perturbations, a method which is able to assess the long-term variability of groundwater flow conditions using the coefficient variation based on some steady-state groundwater flow simulation results was developed. Spatial distribution of long residence time area which is not much influenced due to long-term topographic change and recharge rate change during the past one million years was able to estimate through the case study of the Tono area, Central Japan. By applying this evaluation method, it is possible to identify the local area that has low variability of groundwater flow conditions due to topographic changes and climate perturbations from the regional area quantitatively and spatially.

Journal Articles

Degassing behavior of noble gases from groundwater during groundwater sampling

Nakata, Kotaro*; Hasegawa, Takuma*; Solomon, D. K.*; Miyakawa, Kazuya; Tomioka, Yuichi*; Ota, Tomoko*; Matsumoto, Takuya*; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Ono, Masahiko*; et al.

Applied Geochemistry, 104, p.60 - 70, 2019/05

 Percentile:100(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Data of long term hydro-pressure monitoring on Tono Regional Hydrogeological Study Project for fiscal year 2015-2016

Keya, Hiromichi; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-020, 58 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-020.pdf:3.19MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-020-appendix1(CD-ROM).zip:203.36MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-020-appendix2(CD-ROM).zip:168.01MB

A wide range of geoscientific research aims to establish comprehensive techniques for the investigation, analysis and assessment of the deep geological environment in fractured crystalline rock. The Regional Hydrogeological Study (RHS) project is a one of the geoscientific research program at Tono Geoscience Center. This project started since April 1992 and main investigations were finished to March 2004. Since 2005, hydrogeological and hydrochemical monitoring have been continued using the existing monitoring system. This report describes the results of the long term hydro-pressure monitoring from April 2015 to March 2017.

JAEA Reports

Data of long term hydro-pressure monitoring on Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project for fiscal year 2015-2016

Keya, Hiromichi; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-019, 107 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-019.pdf:11.01MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-019-appendix1(DVD-ROM).zip:419.48MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-019-appendix2(DVD-ROM).zip:374.0MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-019-appendix3(DVD-ROM).zip:312.2MB

The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III), the project is being carried out under the Phase III. The main goals of the MIU Project from Phase I to Phase III are: to establish techniques for investigation, analysis and assessment of the deep geological environment, and to develop a base of engineering for deep underground application. One of the Phase III goals is to construct geological environment models and grasp deep geological changes when expanding the research gallery by research and investigations using research galleries. The long term hydro-pressure monitoring has been continued to achieve the Phase III goals. This report describes the results of the long term hydro-pressure monitoring from April 2015 to March 2017.

Journal Articles

Hydrochemical influence of shotcrete used in underground facilities on groundwater chemistry; Proposal of the evaluation method by geochemical simulation code

Iwatsuki, Teruki; Shibata, Masahito*; Murakami, Hiroaki; Watanabe, Yusuke; Fukuda, Kenji

Doboku Gakkai Rombunshu, G (Kankyo) (Internet), 75(1), p.42 - 54, 2019/03

In order to clarify the influence of shotcrete in the underground facility on the groundwater chemistry, an in-situ closed test was conducted in the mock-up tunnel at the depth of 500 m. Brucite, Ettringite, Ca(OH) $$_{2}$$, Gibbsite, K$$_{2}$$CO$$_{3}$$, Na$$_{2}$$CO$$_{3}$$ $$cdot$$ 10H$$_{2}$$O, SiO$$_{2}$$ (a) and Calcite were identified as the dominant minerals affecting the water chemistry. Furthermore, the shotcrete constructed in the tunnel has a reaction capacity which can produce about 570 m$$^{3}$$ of alkaline groundwater (pH12.4) saturated with Ca(OH)$$_{2}$$. The estimation would improve the accuracy of prediction analysis of the long-term chemical influence of cement materials after the closure of the tunnel.

Journal Articles

Application of data assimilation in groundwater hydrology; Characterization of hydraulic heterogeneity of hydrogeological structure based on in-situ data

Onoe, Hironori

Keisan Kogaku, 24(1), p.3851 - 3854, 2019/01

In this study, inverse analysis using observed data of pumping test was carried for confirmation of the applicability of inverse analysis method of groundwater flow based on in-situ data. Target of this inverse analysis was spatial distribution of hydrogeological heterogeneity of the fault. Inverse analysis had been applied to the area around the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory, which is constructed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to construct scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste. As a result of this study, the estimated results of inverse analysis are consistent with previous study result, and it was concluded that inverse analysis using hydraulic response due to pumping test is effective for hydrogeological characterization in deep underground.

Journal Articles

Hydrogen-based metabolism as an ancestral trait in lineages sibling to the Cyanobacteria

Carnevali, P. B. M.*; Schulz, F.*; Castelle, C. J.*; Kantor, R. S.*; Shih, P. M.*; Sharon, I.*; Santini, J.*; Olm, M. R.*; Amano, Yuki; Thomas, B. C.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 10, p.463_1 - 463_15, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:17.48(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

JAEA Reports

Data of long term hydro-pressure monitoring on Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project for fiscal year 2013-2014

Keya, Hiromichi; Beppu, Shinji*; Takeuchi, Ryuji

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-011, 112 Pages, 2018/10

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-011.pdf:10.11MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-011-appendix1(DVD-ROM).zip:388.14MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-011-appendix2(DVD-ROM).zip:467.11MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-011-appendix3(DVD-ROM).zip:325.24MB

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III), with a total duration of 20 years. Currently, the project is being carried out under the Phase II and the Phase III. One of the Phase II goals of Project is set to develop and revise models of the geological environment using the investigation results obtained during excavation, and determine and assess the changes in the geological environment in response to excavation. The long term hydro-pressure monitoring has been continued to achieve the Phase II goals. This paper describes the results of the long term hydro-pressure monitoring from April 2013 to March 2015.

JAEA Reports

Data of long term hydro-pressure monitoring on Tono Regional Hydrogeological Study Project for fiscal year 2013$$sim$$2014

Beppu, Shinji*; Keya, Hiromichi; Takeuchi, Ryuji

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-010, 58 Pages, 2018/10

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-010.pdf:7.0MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-010-appendix(DVD-ROM).zip:285.7MB

This study aims to establish comprehensive techniques for the investigation, analysis and assessment of the deep geological environment in fractured crystalline rock. The Regional Hydrogeological Study (RHS) Project is a one of the geoscientific research program at Tono Geoscience Center. This project started since April 1992 and main investigations were finished to March 2004. Since 2005, hydrogeological and hydrochemical monitoring have been continued using the existing monitoring system. This report describes the results of the long term hydro-pressure monitoring from April 2013 to March 2015.

Journal Articles

Preliminary results for natural groundwater colloids in sedimentary rocks of the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory, Hokkaido, Japan

Sasamoto, Hiroshi; Onda, Shingo*

Geological Society Special Publications, 482, 13 Pages, 2018/09

Colloid concentration is an important parameter in models of colloid-facilitated transport. The purpose of present study is to characterize colloid concentrations and colloid stability in natural groundwater from the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory (URL) as for development of a procedure. The particle sizes of colloids in groundwaters from the Horonobe URL range from several nm to ca. 500 nm, with a mode particle size of ca. 120 nm. Evaluation of colloid stability by DLVO theory suggests that larger colloids (i.e., $$>$$100 nm in diameter) would be more stable than smaller colloids in some groundwaters. The estimated colloid particle concentrations ranged from 2.33$$times$$10$$^{6}$$ to 1.12$$times$$10$$^{8}$$ pt/mL, and mass concentrations were estimated to range from 45 to 1540 $$mu$$g/L for diameters greater than 100 nm. Colloids in Horonobe groundwaters appear to be less stable, with a moderate potential for transport, than colloids investigated in similar international studies. This reduced stability may be due to relatively higher ionic strengths and moderate dissolved organic concentrations in Horonobe groundwaters compared to their international counterparts.

JAEA Reports

Study on modeling and analysis of groundwater flow with inverse analysis, 2 (Joint research)

Onoe, Hironori; Yamamoto, Shinya*; Kohashi, Akio; Ozaki, Yusuke; Sakurai, Hideyuki*; Masumoto, Kiyoshi*

JAEA-Research 2018-003, 84 Pages, 2018/06

JAEA-Research-2018-003.pdf:17.44MB

In this study, numerical experiments considered hydrogeological structures, which has high heterogeneity around the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory and inverse analysis using in-situ data were carried out. The results showed that concentration of hydrogeological structure to be estimated and location of monitoring point is important for application of inverse analysis. Furthermore, it is concluded that inverse analysis using hydraulic response due to pumping test is effective for hydrogeological characterization.

JAEA Reports

Development of groundwater management technology report

Iyatomi, Yosuke; Mikake, Shinichiro; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Review 2018-004, 42 Pages, 2018/03

JAEA-Review-2018-004.pdf:4.71MB

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. The three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. This report focuses on "Development of groundwater management technology" for "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", which is one of those important issues. The concentrations of naturally occurring fluorine and boron dissolved in groundwater pumped from shafts and horizontal tunnels at MIU, are reduced to the levels below the environmental standards at a water treatment facility. The development of groundwater management technologies including such groundwater treatment is one key issue for large-scale underground facility construction. With this background, literature survey related to investigations on the latest treatment technologies for removing fluorine and boron from waste water were conducted and applicability of the technologies to MIU were reviewed. Additionally, the countermeasures against rocks, soils and groundwater contining naturally occurring heavy metals were summarized. The literature survey results indicated that the adsorbent was able to remove fluorine and boron, and the coprecipitation was able to remove fluorine to the levels below their respective environmental standards. However, the ground water at MIU contains suspended solids and cement due to excavation, its removal rates of fluorine and boron are different from the ones of general waste water. From this point, it concluded that the present groundwater treatment method performed at MIU: coagulation treatment for removal of fluorine and control of pH primary, and adsorbent treatment for removed boron is appropriated.

JAEA Reports

Hydrochemical investigation at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory; Compilation of groundwater chemistry data in the Mizunami group and the Toki granite (fiscal year 2016)

Watanabe, Yusuke; Hayashida, Kazuki; Kato, Toshihiro; Kubota, Mitsuru; Aosai, Daisuke*; Kumamoto, Yoshiharu*; Iwatsuki, Teruki

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-002, 108 Pages, 2018/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-002.pdf:6.53MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been investigating groundwater chemistry to understand the effect of excavation and maintenance of underground facilities as part of the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in Mizunami, Gifu, Japan. In this report, we compiled data of groundwater chemistry and microbiology obtained at the MIU in the fiscal year 2016 and 2014 to 2016, respectively. In terms of ensuring traceability of data, basic information (e.g. sampling location, sampling time, sampling method and analytical method) and methodology for quality control are described.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of hydrogeochemical processes provoked by tunnel excavation and closure based on simulated experiment in a mock-up test drift

Hayashida, Kazuki; Kato, Toshihiro*; Kubota, Mitsuru*; Murakami, Hiroaki; Amano, Yuki; Iwatsuki, Teruki

Chikyu Kagaku, 52(1), p.55 - 71, 2018/03

In this study, the simulated experimental drift was constructed in the granite of 500 m depth at Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory, and the hydrochemical process after the drift closure was observed. The groundwater chemistry around the drift changed with the change of the groundwater flow in the fractures when the gallery was constructed. The redox potential increased due to the infiltration of oxygen from the drift into the rock. After closing the drift, the redox potential of the groundwater plunged due to microbial activity, while the groundwater became alkalized conditon due to the influence of cement material such as shotcrete. The amount of cement material consumed for this alkalization was small, and it was considered that its influence would last long in accordance with the amount of cement used.

Journal Articles

Ecological and genomic profiling of anaerobic methane-oxidizing archaea in a deep granitic environment

Ino, Kohei*; Hernsdorf, A. W.*; Konno, Yuta*; Kozuka, Mariko*; Yanagawa, Katsunori*; Kato, Shingo*; Sunamura, Michinari*; Hirota, Akinari*; Togo, Yoko*; Ito, Kazumasa*; et al.

ISME Journal, 12(1), p.31 - 47, 2018/01

In this study, we found the dominance ofanaerobic methane-oxidizing archaea in groundwater enriched in sulfate and methane from a 300-m deep underground borehole in granitic rock.

JAEA Reports

Data of groundwater chemistry obtained in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project; FY2014-2016

Miyakawa, Kazuya; Mezawa, Tetsuya; Mochizuki, Akihito; Sasamoto, Hiroshi

JAEA-Data/Code 2017-012, 60 Pages, 2017/10

JAEA-Data-Code-2017-012.pdf:7.94MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2017-012-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:0.09MB

Development of technologies to investigate properties of deep geological environment and model development of geological environment have been pursued in "Geoscientific Research" in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory (Horonobe URL) project. A geochemical model which is a part of geological environment model requires the data of groundwater chemistry around the Horonobe URL for the development. This report summarizes the data obtained for 3 years from the fiscal year 2014 to 2016, especially for the results for measurement of physico-chemical parameters and analysis of groundwater chemistry, in the Horonobe URL project.

JAEA Reports

Groundwater pressure records by geochemical monitoring system in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory

Mezawa, Tetsuya; Mochizuki, Akihito; Miyakawa, Kazuya; Sasamoto, Hiroshi

JAEA-Data/Code 2017-010, 63 Pages, 2017/06

JAEA-Data-Code-2017-010.pdf:9.66MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2017-010-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:5.08MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been conducting "geoscientific study" and "research and development on geological disposal" in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory (URL) for safe geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Geochemical parameters of groundwater pressure, pH, and oxidation-reduction potential in the deep groundwater has been continuously monitored by the monitoring system which was developed in the Horonobe URL Project. This report presents the data of groundwater pressure which have been obtained by the monitoring system installed at the 140 m and 350 m gallery. The data obtained until March 31, 2016 was summarized along with related information such as the specifications of boreholes and the excavation of the URL.

Journal Articles

Characterization of rare earth elements (REEs) associated with suspended particles in deep granitic groundwater and their post-closure behavior from a simulated underground facility

Iwatsuki, Teruki; Munemoto, Takashi*; Kubota, Mitsuru*; Hayashida, Kazuki; Kato, Toshihiro*

Applied Geochemistry, 82, p.134 - 145, 2017/05

AA2017-0090.pdf:2.35MB

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:78.91(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

This study investigated the behavior of rare earth elements (REEs) associated with suspended particles in deep granitic groundwater and in a sealed drift at a depth of 500 m in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (URL) in Japan. Approximately 10%$$sim$$60% of REEs in groundwater are associated with suspended particles. Carbonate particles in groundwater are most likely derived from in situ precipitation of supersaturated carbonate minerals such as calcite. Thermodynamic calculations show that the dissolved REE carbonate complexes in the closed drift decreased in the drift closure period. These complexes may have been absorbed or co-precipitated within the shotcrete on the drift wall. The usage of cement based materials would generate environmental conditions in which REEs are fundamentally immobile in and around the underground facilities.

JAEA Reports

Hydrochemical investigation at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory; Compilation of groundwater chemistry data in the Mizunami group and the Toki granite (fiscal year 2015)

Hayashida, Kazuki; Kato, Toshihiro; Munemoto, Takashi; Aosai, Daisuke*; Inui, Michiharu*; Kubota, Mitsuru; Iwatsuki, Teruki

JAEA-Data/Code 2017-008, 52 Pages, 2017/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2017-008.pdf:3.84MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been investigating groundwater chemistry to understand the effect on excavating and maintenance of underground facilities as part of the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in Mizunami, Gifu, Japan. In this report, we compiled data of groundwater chemistry obtained at the MIU in the fiscal year 2015. In terms of ensuring traceability of data, basic information (e.g. sampling location, sampling time, sampling method, analytical method) and methodology for quality control are described.

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