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  • Main Title Database of Mechanical and Hydrological Properties of WIPP Anhydrite Derived from Laboratory-Scale Experiments


  • Author: Hansen, F.D.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Pfeifle, T.W.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization


  • Name: Sandia National Laboratories
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Additional Info: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA


  • Creation: 1998-10-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for the purpose of demonstrating safe management, storage, and disposal of radioactive transuranic (TRU) waste generated by U.S. defense programs. The WIPP is located in southeastern New Mexico, and the underground facilities of the WIPP (i.e., experimental rooms, disposal rooms, etc.) are sited in the bedded salt of the Salado Formation at a depth of about 660 meters. The DOE has authorized the continuance of scientific research and engineering analysis related to the performance of the WIPP repository. One area of additional research relates to characterization of the mechanical and hydrological properties of anhydrite interbeds within the Salado Formation. These anhydrite interbeds have been penetrated by the shafts that provide access to the underground facilities and also lie in close proximity to the proposed radioactive waste disposal rooms at the repository horizon. Properties of particular interest are mechanical strength, deforrnational behavior, and fluid transport properties such as permeability. These properties will be used in calculationskmalyses of the mechanical and hydrological behavior of the anhydrite, in particular, and the shaft sealing system and disposal rooms, in general.


  • Keyword: Mechanical Properties
  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Storage
  • Keyword: Wipp
  • STI Subject Categories: 36 Materials Science
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Anhydrite


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE00001516
  • Report No.: SAND98-1714
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/1516
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1516
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc624421