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.
The 56th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium covers all aspects of rock mechanics, geomechanics, and rock engineering.
Dr. Fairhurst, BSME, DEA, PhD, obtained his BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) in 1983 and obtained his DEA and PhD in Mining Technologies from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, in Fontainebleau, France in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
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