LKAB’s Kiirunavaara Mine is a large, underground, sub-level caving mine that has been seismically active since approximately 2008. With this seismic activity comes associated vibrations. These vibrations can be felt on surface in the town of Kiruna, which is currently located close to the mine on the hangingwall side. The mine is undergoing a national permitting process concerning a desired increased production rate. An important question for this process is: will the increased production rate result in changes to vibrations in the town due to seismicity?
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Dr. Detournay has experience in the development of numerical models for application to coupled fluid-thermo-mechanical problems. She is a principal developer for the groundwater-flow and thermal logic in FLAC3D, and has been involved in the development of several of the constitutive models available with Itasca continuum codes.
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