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Aoyagi, Kazuhei; Sakurai, Akitaka; Niunoya, Sumio*

JAEA-Data/Code 2016-022, 91 Pages, 2017/03

The objective of this report is to investigate the three dimensional stress state in the 350 m Loop Gallery (East) at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory. For the measurement, three boreholes, which are 17.0 m in length, were drilled. Hydraulic fracturing was applied as a stress measurement method. For the analysis, shut-in pressure of a transverse fractures, reopening pressure of longitudinal fractures and stress condition causing borehole breakouts were integrated into the equation; then stress state was calculated by inversion technique. As a result, considering the stress condition causing breakouts, the value of the maximum principal stress was 3.73 MPa, which is much smaller than the overburden pressure (about 6.0 MPa). The orientation of the maximum horizontal stress is almost vertical. The stress state is normal faulting.

Aoyagi, Kazuhei; Sakurai, Akitaka; Niunoya, Sumio*

JAEA-Data/Code 2015-010, 190 Pages, 2015/10

The objective of this report is to investigate the three dimensional stress state in the 350m pumping station at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory. For the measurement, four boreholes were drilled; three 20.0m long boreholes and one 6.0m long borehole. Hydraulic fracturing was applied as a stress measurement method. For the analysis, shut-in pressure of a transverse fractures, reopening pressure of longitudinal fractures and stress condition causing borehole breakouts were integrated into the equation; then stress state was calculated by inversion technique. As a result, considering the stress condition causing breakouts, the value of the maximum principal stress was 12 MPa, two times larger than overburden pressure. Furthermore, the ratio between maximum to minimum principal stress was 6. On the other hand, without considering the stress condition causing breakout, the maximum principal stress was 6 MPa; almost same as overburden pressure; the ratio between maximum to minimum principal stress was 2.7, thus the result was almost coincide with the result of surface-based investigation. The orientation of the maximum principal stress was N30W, dipping 45 from vertical axis.

Aoyagi, Kazuhei; Sakurai, Akitaka; Niunoya, Sumio*

JAEA-Data/Code 2015-012, 171 Pages, 2015/09

The objective of this report is to investigate the three dimensional stress state in the 250 m Niche off the West Shaft No.1 at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory. For the measurement, three 20.0m long boreholes were drilled. Hydraulic fracturing was applied as a stress measurement method. For the analysis, shut-in pressure of a transverse fractures, reopening pressure of longitudinal fractures and stress condition causing borehole breakouts were integrated into the equation; then stress state was calculated by inversion technique. As a result of the in situ stress state measurement around the experimental area, the orientation of the maximum principal stress was estimated to be ESE-WNW, dipping 70 from the vertical axis. The orientation of the minimum principal stress was NEN-SWS, dipping 60 from vertical axis. The orientation of the principal stresses is almost coincided with the direction of borehole breakouts and longitudinal crack induced in the boreholes. The values of the maximum and minimum principal stresses were 2.6 MPa and 2.1 MPa, respectively.

Aoyagi, Kazuhei; Sakurai, Akitaka; Niunoya, Sumio*

JAEA-Data/Code 2015-011, 182 Pages, 2015/09

The objective of this report is to investigate the three dimensional stress state in the 250 m Niche off the South Shaft No.1 at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory. For the measurement, three 20.0m long boreholes were drilled. Hydraulic fracturing was applied as a stress measurement method. For the analysis, shut-in pressure of a transverse fractures, reopening pressure of longitudinal fractures and stress condition causing borehole breakouts were integrated into the equation; then stress state was calculated by inversion technique. As a result of the in situ stress state measurement around the experimental area, the orientation of the maximum principal stress is estimated to be between E-W and ENE-WSW, dipping almost horizontal direction. This result agrees well with the estimated orientation of the main principal stress, the location of the borehole wall breakouts in 10-E250-M01 and the orientation of the generated crack in 10-E250-M03. The value of the maximum principal stress was 3.97 MPa.