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Title: Mechanical and thermomechanical calculations related to the storage of spent nuclear-fuel assemblies in granite

A generic test of the geologic storage of spent-fuel assemblies from an operating nuclear reactor is being made by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the US Department of Energy`s Nevada Test Site. The spent-fuel assemblies were emplaced at a depth of 420 m (1370 ft) below the surface in a typical granite and will be retrieved at a later time. The early time, close-in thermal history of this type of repository is being simulated with spent-fuel and electrically heated canisters in a central drift, with auxiliary heaters in two parallel side drifts. Prior to emplacement of the spent-fuel canisters, preliminary calculations were made using a pair of existing finite-element codes. Calculational modeling of a spent-fuel repository requires a code with a multiple capability. The effects of both the mining operation and the thermal load on the existing stress fields and the resultant displacements of the rock around the repository must be calculated. The thermal loading for each point in the rock is affected by heat tranfer through conduction, radiation, and normal convection, as well as by ventilation of the drifts. Both the ADINA stress code and the compatible ADINAT heat-flow code were used to perform the calculations because theymore » satisfied the requirements of this project. ADINAT was adapted to calculate radiative and convective heat transfer across the drifts and to model the effects of ventilation in the drifts, while the existing isotropic elastic model was used with the ADINA code. The results of the calculation are intended to provide a base with which to compare temperature, stress, and displacement data taken during the planned 5-y duration of the test. In this way, it will be possible to determine how the existing jointing in the rock influences the results as compared with a homogeneous, isotropic rock mass. Later, new models will be introduced into ADINA to account for the effects of jointing.« less
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
59225
Report Number(s):
UCRL-52985-Rev.1
ON: DE82002945
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Aug 1981
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; UNDERGROUND STORAGE; GRANITES; STRESSES; NEVADA TEST SITE; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; SIMULATION; COMPUTER CODES; HEAT TRANSFER; Yucca Mountain Project