Development and Implementation of Instrumentation for WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) Test Series A of the Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS STRUCTURES LAB
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The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP facility is a research and development facility being developed by the US Department of Energy DOE near Carlsbad, New Mexico for the purpose of demonstrating the safe disposal of radioactive waste accumulated from the United States defense programs. The WIPP facility is located in a bedded-salt deposit 2150 ft 656m below the ground surface. Sandia National Laboratories SNL is conducting a repository sealing Research and Development Program at the WIPP facility. The work discussed in this report was in support of Test Series A of the Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests being conducted at the WIPP facility for SNL. The Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests consists of a series of in-situ experiments designed to evaluate the performance of various candidate seal materials emplaced in boreholes in the host rock. At the request of SNL, the Concrete Technology Division CTD of Waterways Experiment Station WES developed an instrumentation program of sufficient magnitude to support the thermal and structural studies of the concrete seal to rock system being conducted for SNL by others at CTD WES and SNL. The test program consisted of two phases a laboratory mockup of the Test Series A configuration, conducted at WES and a Test Series A field experiment, conducted underground at the WIPP facility.
- Radiation Pollution and Control
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products
- Adhesives, Seals and Binders