Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement

Ming Zhang, Tetsuro Esaki, Harold W. Olsen, Yasuhiro Mitani

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Abstract

Studies on the variation of permeability and the specific storage of bentonite-sand mixtures with shear deformations that may be caused by earthquakes and/or other geological events are of fundamental importance for long-term safety assessments of radioactive nuclear waste disposal facilities. This paper presents a recently developed and improved method for integrated shear and flow parameter measurements on a mixture of Kunigeru V1 Bentonite and D-Sand. This material will be used in low-level radioactive nuclear waste disposal facilities in Japan. The results of this study show that: (1) temperature control is important for measuring hydraulic parameters of low-permeability materials with the flow pump method; (2) shear strains up to about 3% did not significantly influence either the permeability or the specific storage of the bentonite-sand mixture; and (3) permeability and specific storage values interpreted from different time intervals during the transient rise and transient decay phases of the flow pump permeability tests were almost the same, which suggests that the reliability of both the experimental results and the newly derived theoretical analysis used to interpret the hydraulic parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalGeotechnical Testing Journal
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Radioactive wastes
Bentonite
radioactive waste
permeability
bentonite
Sand
Waste disposal
waste disposal
Hydraulics
Pumps
sand
pump
Shear strain
hydraulics
Temperature control
Shear deformation
shear strain
Earthquakes
parameter
safety

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  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Zhang, M., Esaki, T., Olsen, H. W., & Mitani, Y. (1997). Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 20(3), 296-303.

Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement. / Zhang, Ming; Esaki, Tetsuro; Olsen, Harold W.; Mitani, Yasuhiro.

In: Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.12.1997, p. 296-303.

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Zhang, M, Esaki, T, Olsen, HW & Mitani, Y 1997, 'Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement', Geotechnical Testing Journal, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 296-303.
Zhang M, Esaki T, Olsen HW, Mitani Y. Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement. Geotechnical Testing Journal. 1997 Dec 1;20(3):296-303.
Zhang, Ming ; Esaki, Tetsuro ; Olsen, Harold W. ; Mitani, Yasuhiro. / Integrated Shear and Flow Parameter Measurement. In: Geotechnical Testing Journal. 1997 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 296-303.
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