Sealing of Boreholes and Underground Excavations in Rock

Sealing of Boreholes and Underground Excavations in Rock

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Sealing of boreholes and underground excavations has not received much engineering attention until fairly recently. The growing awareness of and sensitivity to environmental concerns of the technical community as well as of the public at large has resulted in an increasing recognition of the fact that these geological penetrations may have an environmental impact. The issue of possible contamination resulting from migration along boreholes, adits, shafts or tunnels unquestionably has been raised most forcefully with in the context of nuclear waste disposal. Several nuclear waste disposal programs, notably the Civilian and the Defence programs of the US De partment of Energy, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Canadian and Swedish radioactive waste disposal programs have conducted major research efforts aimed at developing adequate seal designs for penet rations in host rock formations for high-level nuclear waste repositories. While a considerable data base has been gathered over the last two decades or so with regard to the performance of seals, most of the information is presented in research reports and widely scattered papers in journals and proceedings of conferences. Hence, the materials are not readily accessible to potential users such as designers, contractors or regulators who are not familiar with nuclear waste disposal programs.Despite the diversity in application, borehole and underground excavation seals generally hold a similar function: as a protective measure in ... The basic approach in this study was to establish steady-state flow through a cement borehole plug in a rock cylinder, subject the plugged ... This was used to determine hydraulic conductivity of the cement plug. In the dynamic loading phase the tests were carried out with increasing duration (up to 5 min) and peak acceleration (up to 2 g).

Title:Sealing of Boreholes and Underground Excavations in Rock
Author:K. Fuenkajorn, J.J. Daemen
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 1996-05-31


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