Long-term storage of spent fuel is critical to the nuclear energy industry. The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) is developing an approach for the storage of spent nuclear fuel in an underground repository in competent crystalline rock. In order to better understand the spalling damage process, an in-situ test involving the drilling of two boreholes was performed in Äspö diorite at SKB’s underground hard rock laboratory in Äspö. Tests and monitoring were performed on the pillar that separated the boreholes. In order to further investigate the damage process, Itasca performed numerical modeling using PFC3D and FLAC3D.
Live in-person introductory training course in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This course provides an overview of the capabilities and features in 3DEC.
The ARMA Student Design Competition (SDC) aims to engage students in the practice of rock engineering and promote interaction with peers and professionals from academia and industry. Following the success of SDC 2021 with a case study in slope stability, we are excited to continue SDC 2022 in the field of tunneling design.
Thalia earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in the spring of 2017. She is currently Itasca’s Technical Services Specialist, managing various tasks and providing technical support for in-office and remote users.
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