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Title: Analysis of Hydrologic Properties Data

This Model Report describes the methods used to determine hydrologic properties based on the available field data from the unsaturated zone (UZ) at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and documents validation of the active fracture model (AFM). This work was planned in ''Technical Work Plan (TWP) for: Performance Assessment Unsaturated Zone'' (BSC 2002 [160819], Sections 1.10.2, 1.10.3, and 1.10.8). Fracture and matrix properties are developed by analyzing available survey data from the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF), Cross Drift for Enhanced Characterization of Repository Block (ECRB), and/or boreholes; air injection testing data from surface boreholes and from boreholes in the ESF; and data from laboratory testing of core samples. The AFM is validated on the basis of experimental observations and theoretical developments. This report is a revision of an Analysis Model Report, under the same title, as a scientific analysis with Document Identifier number ANL-NBS-HS-000002 (BSC 2001 [159725]) that did not document activities to validate the AFM. The principal purpose of this work is to provide representative uncalibrated estimates of fracture and matrix properties for use in the model report ''Calibrated Properties Model'' (BSC 2003 [160240]). The present work also provides fracture geometry properties for generating dual permeability grids as documented in themore » Scientific Analysis Report, ''Development of Numerical Grids for UZ Flow and Transport Modeling'' (BSC 2003 [160109]). The resulting calibrated property sets and numerical grids from these reports will be used in the Unsaturated Zone Flow and Transport Process Model (UZ Model), and Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) models. The fracture and matrix properties developed in this Model Report include: (1) Fracture properties (frequency, permeability, van Genuchten a and m parameters, aperture, porosity, and interface area) for each UZ Model layer; (2) Matrix properties (porosity, permeability, and van Genuchten a and m parameters) for each UZ Model layer; (3) Thermal properties (grain density, wet and dry thermal conductivity, and grain specific heat) for each UZ Model layer; and (4) Fault properties for each major hydrogeologic unit. These properties incorporate the available measurement data, as applicable, to estimate fracture and matrix properties. Field data from liquid release testing in the ESF and other relevant data are also used to validate these properties and provide bounds on property values. Another objective of this report is to document activities to validate the AFM based on experimental observations and theoretical developments. The AFM is a conceptual model that describes the fracture-matrix interaction in the UZ of Yucca Mountain. It is intended to be used to represent the hydrologic characteristics of rock fractures for the UZ Flow Model, UZ Radionuclide Transport Model under ambient conditions, Mountain-Scale and Drift-Scale Thermal-Hydrological-Chemical Models, and Multiscale Thermohydrology Model. These MDL-validation activities are documented in Section 7 of this report regarding use of independent lines of evidence to provide additional confidence in the use of the AFM in the UZ models.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
836511
Report Number(s):
MDL-NBS-HS-000014, Rev. 00
DOC.20030908.0001, DC No. 32485; TRN: US0500706
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 3 Apr 2003
Research Org:
Yucca Mountain Project, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; BOREHOLES; FLOW MODELS; FRACTURE PROPERTIES; FRACTURES; GEOMETRY; PERMEABILITY; POROSITY; PROPERTY VALUES; RADIOISOTOPES; SPECIFIC HEAT; TESTING; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; VALIDATION; YUCCA MOUNTAIN