Impacts of seismic activity on long-term repository performance at Yucca Mountain

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Several effects of seismic activity on the release of radionuclides from a potential repository at Yucca Mountain are quantified. Future seismic events are predicted using data from the seismic hazard analysis conducted for the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF). Phenomenological models are developed, including rockfall (thermal-mechanical and seismic) in unbackfilled emplacement drifts, container damage caused by fault displacement within the repository, and flow-path chance caused by changes in strain. Using the composite-porosity flow model (relatively large-scale, regular percolation), seismic events show little effect on total-system releases; using the weeps flow model (episodic pulses of flow in locally saturated fractures), container damage ... continued below

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Gauthier, J.H.; Wilson, M.L.; Borns, D.J. & Arnold, B.W. December 31, 1995.

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Several effects of seismic activity on the release of radionuclides from a potential repository at Yucca Mountain are quantified. Future seismic events are predicted using data from the seismic hazard analysis conducted for the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF). Phenomenological models are developed, including rockfall (thermal-mechanical and seismic) in unbackfilled emplacement drifts, container damage caused by fault displacement within the repository, and flow-path chance caused by changes in strain. Using the composite-porosity flow model (relatively large-scale, regular percolation), seismic events show little effect on total-system releases; using the weeps flow model (episodic pulses of flow in locally saturated fractures), container damage and flow-path changes cause over an order of magnitude increase in releases. In separate calculations using, more realistic representations of faulting, water-table rise caused by seismically induced changes in strain are seen to be higher than previously estimated by others, but not sufficient to reach a potential repository.

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  • FOCUS `95: methods of seismic hazard evaluation, Las Vegas, NV (United States), 18-20 Sep 1995

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  • Other: DE96004648
  • Report No.: SAND--95-1917C
  • Report No.: CONF-9509279--2
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 192564
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Gauthier, J.H.; Wilson, M.L.; Borns, D.J. & Arnold, B.W. Impacts of seismic activity on long-term repository performance at Yucca Mountain, article, December 31, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc669469/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.