skip to main content
DOE PAGES title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Evaluation of the predictive capability of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical models for a heated bentonite/clay system (HE-E) in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory

Abstract

Process understanding and parameter identification using numerical methods based on experimental findings are a key aspect of the international cooperative project DECOVALEX. Comparing the predictions from numerical models against experimental results increases confidence in the site selection and site evaluation process for a radioactive waste repository in deep geological formations. In the present phase of the project, DECOVALEX-2015, eight research teams have developed and applied models for simulating an in-situ heater experiment HE-E in the Opalinus Clay in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Switzerland. The modelling task was divided into two study stages, related to prediction and interpretation of the experiment. A blind prediction of the HE-E experiment was performed based on calibrated parameter values for both the Opalinus Clay, that were based on the modelling of another in-situ experiment (HE-D), and modelling of laboratory column experiments on MX80 granular bentonite and a sand/bentonite mixture .. After publication of the experimental data, additional coupling functions were analysed and considered in the different models. Moreover, parameter values were varied to interpret the measured temperature, relative humidity and pore pressure evolution. The analysis of the predictive and interpretative results reveals the current state of understanding and predictability of coupled THM behavioursmore » associated with geologic nuclear waste disposal in clay formations.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [5];  [6];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9];  [10];  [10];  [10];  [10];  [11];  [12]
  1. National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA), Wettingen (Switzerland)
  2. Federal Inst. for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hanover (Germany)
  3. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Ottawa (Canada)
  4. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  5. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig (Germany)
  6. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Wuhan (China)
  7. Korea Atomic Energy Research Inst. (KAERI), Daejeon (Korea)
  8. Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), Brugg (Switzerland)
  9. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokyo (Japan)
  10. Centre for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses (CNWRA), San Antonio, TX (United States)
  11. US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Rockville, MD (United States)
  12. Inst. for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1379662
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Environmental Earth Sciences
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 76; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1866-6280
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Garitte, B., Shao, H., Wang, X. R., Nguyen, T. S., Li, Z., Rutqvist, J., Birkholzer, J., Wang, W. Q., Kolditz, O., Pan, P. Z., Feng, X. T., Lee, C., Graupner, B. J., Maekawa, K., Manepally, C., Dasgupta, B., Stothoff, S., Ofoegbu, G., Fedors, R., and Barnichon, J. D. Evaluation of the predictive capability of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical models for a heated bentonite/clay system (HE-E) in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1007/s12665-016-6367-x.
Garitte, B., Shao, H., Wang, X. R., Nguyen, T. S., Li, Z., Rutqvist, J., Birkholzer, J., Wang, W. Q., Kolditz, O., Pan, P. Z., Feng, X. T., Lee, C., Graupner, B. J., Maekawa, K., Manepally, C., Dasgupta, B., Stothoff, S., Ofoegbu, G., Fedors, R., & Barnichon, J. D. Evaluation of the predictive capability of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical models for a heated bentonite/clay system (HE-E) in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory. United States. doi:10.1007/s12665-016-6367-x.
Garitte, B., Shao, H., Wang, X. R., Nguyen, T. S., Li, Z., Rutqvist, J., Birkholzer, J., Wang, W. Q., Kolditz, O., Pan, P. Z., Feng, X. T., Lee, C., Graupner, B. J., Maekawa, K., Manepally, C., Dasgupta, B., Stothoff, S., Ofoegbu, G., Fedors, R., and Barnichon, J. D. Mon . "Evaluation of the predictive capability of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical models for a heated bentonite/clay system (HE-E) in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory". United States. doi:10.1007/s12665-016-6367-x. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1379662.
@article{osti_1379662,
title = {Evaluation of the predictive capability of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical models for a heated bentonite/clay system (HE-E) in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory},
author = {Garitte, B. and Shao, H. and Wang, X. R. and Nguyen, T. S. and Li, Z. and Rutqvist, J. and Birkholzer, J. and Wang, W. Q. and Kolditz, O. and Pan, P. Z. and Feng, X. T. and Lee, C. and Graupner, B. J. and Maekawa, K. and Manepally, C. and Dasgupta, B. and Stothoff, S. and Ofoegbu, G. and Fedors, R. and Barnichon, J. D.},
abstractNote = {Process understanding and parameter identification using numerical methods based on experimental findings are a key aspect of the international cooperative project DECOVALEX. Comparing the predictions from numerical models against experimental results increases confidence in the site selection and site evaluation process for a radioactive waste repository in deep geological formations. In the present phase of the project, DECOVALEX-2015, eight research teams have developed and applied models for simulating an in-situ heater experiment HE-E in the Opalinus Clay in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Switzerland. The modelling task was divided into two study stages, related to prediction and interpretation of the experiment. A blind prediction of the HE-E experiment was performed based on calibrated parameter values for both the Opalinus Clay, that were based on the modelling of another in-situ experiment (HE-D), and modelling of laboratory column experiments on MX80 granular bentonite and a sand/bentonite mixture .. After publication of the experimental data, additional coupling functions were analysed and considered in the different models. Moreover, parameter values were varied to interpret the measured temperature, relative humidity and pore pressure evolution. The analysis of the predictive and interpretative results reveals the current state of understanding and predictability of coupled THM behaviours associated with geologic nuclear waste disposal in clay formations.},
doi = {10.1007/s12665-016-6367-x},
journal = {Environmental Earth Sciences},
number = 2,
volume = 76,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {1}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 4 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

Coupled thermal-mechanical-hydrological behaviour of sparsely fractured rock: Implications for nuclear fuel waste disposal
journal, July 1995

  • Nguyen, T. S.; Selvadurai, A. P. S.
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences & Geomechanics Abstracts, Vol. 32, Issue 5
  • DOI: 10.1016/0148-9062(95)00036-G

A modeling approach for analysis of coupled multiphase fluid flow, heat transfer, and deformation in fractured porous rock
journal, June 2002

  • Rutqvist, J.; Wu, Y. -S.; Tsang, C. -F.
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Vol. 39, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1016/S1365-1609(02)00022-9

Coupled THM processes in EDZ of crystalline rocks using an elasto-plastic cellular automaton
journal, July 2008


Study of failure and scale effects in rocks under uniaxial compression using 3D cellular automata
journal, June 2009

  • Pan, Peng-Zhi; Feng, Xia-Ting; Hudson, John A.
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Vol. 46, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2008.11.001

Modeling of Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Processes with Links to Geochemistry Associated with Bentonite-Backfilled Repository Tunnels in Clay Formations
journal, March 2013

  • Rutqvist, Jonny; Zheng, Liange; Chen, Fei
  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Vol. 47, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1007/s00603-013-0375-x

Numerical study on coupled thermo-mechanical processes in Äspö Pillar Stability Experiment
journal, April 2013


Hydro-mechanical behaviour of bentonite pellet mixtures
journal, January 2007

  • Hoffmann, C.; Alonso, E. E.; Romero, E.
  • Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, Vol. 32, Issue 8-14
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.pce.2006.04.037

DECOVALEX—An international co-operative research project on mathematical models of coupled THM processes for safety analysis of radioactive waste repositories
journal, July 1995

  • Jing, L.; Tsang, C. -F.; Stephansson, O.
  • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences & Geomechanics Abstracts, Vol. 32, Issue 5
  • DOI: 10.1016/0148-9062(95)00031-B