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Title: Direct releases to the surface and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Cuttings, cavings and spallings

Abstract

The following topics related to the treatment of cuttings, cavings and spallings releases to the surface environment in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are presented: (1) mathematical description of models. (2) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results arising from subjective (i.e., epistemic) uncertainty for individual releases, (3) construction of complementary cumulative distribution functions (CCDFs) arising from stochastic (i.e., aleatory) uncertainty, and (4) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results for CCDFs. The presented results indicate that direct releases due to cuttings, cavings and spallings do not constitute a serious threat to the effectiveness of the WIPP as a disposal facility for transuranic waste. Even when the effects of uncertain analysis inputs are taken into account, the CCDFs for cuttings, cavings and spallings releases fall substantially to the left of the boundary line specified in the US Environmental Protection Agency standard for the geologic disposal of radioactive waste (40 CFR 191, 40 CFR 194).

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
755588
Report Number(s):
SAND2000-1113J
TRN: US0003617
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue)
Additional Journal Information:
Other Information: Submitted to Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue); PBD: 22 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; WIPP; PERFORMANCE; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS; DATA COVARIANCES; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; WELL DRILLING; PRESSURE RELEASE; RISK ASSESSMENT; ALEATORY UNCERTAINTY; CAVINGS; COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION; CUTTINGS; EPISTEMIC UNCERTAINTY; LATIN HYPERCUBE SAMPLING; MONTE CARLO; PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTE; RISK; SPALLINGS; STOCHASTIC UNCERTAINTY; SUBJECTIVE UNCERTAINTY; TRANSURANIC WASTE; WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT; 40 CFR 191; 40 CRF 194

Citation Formats

BERGLUND,J.W., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., and ANDERSON,R.P. Direct releases to the surface and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Cuttings, cavings and spallings. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00036-3.
BERGLUND,J.W., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., & ANDERSON,R.P. Direct releases to the surface and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Cuttings, cavings and spallings. United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00036-3.
BERGLUND,J.W., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., and ANDERSON,R.P. Mon . "Direct releases to the surface and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Cuttings, cavings and spallings". United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00036-3. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/755588.
@article{osti_755588,
title = {Direct releases to the surface and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Cuttings, cavings and spallings},
author = {BERGLUND,J.W. and GARNER,J.W. and HELTON,JON CRAIG and JOHNSON,J.D. and SMITH,L.N. and ANDERSON,R.P.},
abstractNote = {The following topics related to the treatment of cuttings, cavings and spallings releases to the surface environment in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are presented: (1) mathematical description of models. (2) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results arising from subjective (i.e., epistemic) uncertainty for individual releases, (3) construction of complementary cumulative distribution functions (CCDFs) arising from stochastic (i.e., aleatory) uncertainty, and (4) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results for CCDFs. The presented results indicate that direct releases due to cuttings, cavings and spallings do not constitute a serious threat to the effectiveness of the WIPP as a disposal facility for transuranic waste. Even when the effects of uncertain analysis inputs are taken into account, the CCDFs for cuttings, cavings and spallings releases fall substantially to the left of the boundary line specified in the US Environmental Protection Agency standard for the geologic disposal of radioactive waste (40 CFR 191, 40 CFR 194).},
doi = {10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00036-3},
journal = {Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue)},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}